John Allen Hellandsaas was born on Aug. 18, 1953, in Watford City, N.D., to Orville and Juliet (Swenson) Hellandsaas. He was called home on Feb. 10, 2020, at 66 years old.
John attended school in Williston, N.D., and Billings, Mont., while his parents worked road construction for Frank Olson Construction. They moved back to the family farm north of Watford City in 1966. After graduation from Watford City High School, he attended the North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, N.D. He completed Electronics and Parts Training degrees. John returned to Watford City and worked various parts and oilfield jobs until he retired in 2016. He served on the Watford City City Council for 16 years. He also served on the Watford City Fire Department for 20 years.
John was passionate about hunting and was successful with elk, deer, and bear hunting trips to Montana. He loved packing with the horses into the backcountry of the mountains with Mark, Scott, Snakebite, and Gene. John enjoyed working on the farm and completing various leather crafting and woodworking projects.
In 1980, John married Ronni Lee and this union lasted 13 years. In 1995, he married Marcia Anderson. To this union, a son, Eric, was born in 1997. He enjoyed many years of watching and critiquing hockey, which Eric was involved in for a long time.
John is survived by his wife, Marcia; son, Eric (Brittany Sandvik); sister, Jody (Jim) Renbarger, their son, Cory (Amanda), and child, Bella; sister-in-law, Peggy Hellandsaas, daughter, Nicole Johnsrud (Justin) and children, Gracie and Judd, son, Derek Mott (Lacey) and children Rowdy and Brindle, daughter, Kari Korslien (Rex) and children, KC, Kenley and Kash, daughter, Jade DeMorrett (Levi) and children, Chloe, Tynlee, and Brax; father-in-law, Jim Anderson; sister-in-law, Kim Pachi (Randy) and their child, Adam (Sara) and child, Anson; sister-in-law, Patsy Lisko (Russel) and son, Justin Lisko (Rainee) and son, George, and daughter, Emily Lisko (Joey).
He was preceded in death by parents, Orville and Juliet Hellandsaas; brother, Scott Hellandsaas; nephew, Jeremiah Renbarger; and mother-in-law, Rosella Anderson.
Memorial services for John were held Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020 at First Lutheran Church in Watford City with Pastor Mark Honstein officiating. Remembrances, condolences and pictures may be shared with the family at www.fulkersons.com.