Wednesday, August 2, 2017

John Hiortdahl Passes Away

CHESTERTOWN - John Collin Hiortdahl of Chestertown died Sunday, July 30, 2017, at Erwin Health Care Center in Erwin, Tenn. He was 84.

Born March 17, 1933, in Riverdale, he was the son of the late Axel Hiortdahl and Sarah Campbell Hiortdahl. John Hiortdahl, known as "Jack," graduated a year early from high school and joined the U.S. Air Force, where he spent time in Northern Africa before returning home and pursuing a degree in business. He was a manager at Erco Aircraft, where he met his late wife, Stella Irene Hiortdahl. He became a mechanic of laundry equipment, working his way up to vice president of HOF Service Company, which served the greater Washington, D.C. region.

In the meantime, Jack bought and improved farms in Davidsonville and Lothian, before settling on the Eastern Shore on a farm outside of Chestertown. He loved the 'shore, including fishing and crabbing, raising Hereford cattle, and everything to do with the farm itself. Until the last years of his life, he was continually busy with improving its structures and features. He loved hosting large family gatherings at holidays and taking people "round the farm."

He is survived by a daughter, Dr. Sandy Hiortdahl of Elizabethton, Tenn., a graduate of Washington College and a Sophie Kerr Prize winner (1985).

A memorial service will be held at Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, 130 Speer Road in Chestertown, at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, with an informal gathering from noon to 1 p.m.
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