Oscar Arlan Hildestad, 83, of Rochester, passed away Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, at Seasons Hospice House surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with lung cancer.
Arlan was born Sept. 5, 1936, in Lanesboro, to Oscar and Anna (Moger) Hildestad. He graduated from Peterson High School on May 28, 1954. Arlan joined the Army on Jan. 3, 1956 where he was a military intelligence specialist before being honorably discharged on Nov. 28, 1958.
On June 20, 1959, Arlan married Elnora Eggert at St. John's Lutheran Church in Hart, Minn.
Arlan worked at Mayo Clinic for 33 years as a cardiac perfusionist. Following his retirement from Mayo Clinic in 1992, he worked part time at Park Place Motors for nearly 21 years.
Outside of work, Arlan was an active member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Rochester serving as an Elder and usher. He also was the Commander of the Eyota American Legion from 1990 to 1992.
Arlan was an avid sportsman and enjoyed camping for many years.
He is survived by his wife, Elnora; three children, Craig (Vickie) Hildestad, Dan (Kathy) Hildestad and Julie (Joe) Moorhead; six grandchildren, Mike (Molly), Kaitlin, Jordan, Ashlee, Samuel and Thomas; one great-granddaughter, Freya. He is further survived by his sisters, Marlys (Richard) Pianin and Carol (Richard) Nelson; sister-in-law, Anita Brand; and brother-in-law, Melvin Brand.
Arlan was preceded in death by his parents and four sisters, Harriet, Lucille, Olive and Eileen.
A special thank you from the family to the staff at Seasons Hospice for their incredible care.
Memorials are preferred to Redeemer Lutheran Church in Rochester or Seasons Hospice.
A visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home in Rochester. A memorial service for Arlan will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Rochester, with Pastor Adam Koglin officiating. The visitation will also be held one hour prior to the service at church. Burial will be in the Oakwood Cemetery Columbarium.
Online condolences are welcome at www.mackenfuneralhome.com