May 17, 1933 – January 7, 2022
Helen Irene Huff, age 88, of Sisseton, South Dakota passed away on 7 January 2022 at the Tekakwitha Living Center in Sisseton, South Dakota.
She was born on 17 May 1933 in Sisseton, South Dakota, the daughter of Hjalmer and Clara (Biel) Hillberg. She was their seventh child of an eventual eleven children in the family.
Helen and Arlo Huff were joined in marriage on 5 October 1973. They continued farming and ranching in the “hills” southwest of Sisseton, enjoying each other throughout their “Golden years.”
She enjoyed many things in life, but foremost was family, friends, horses, bus driving, dancing, and gardening. Helen was a founding member of the Hills and Valley Riding Club and continued to participate in their activities into her 88th year. Helen and Arlo were the Grand Marshals of the Peever Snoose Alley Bash in 2008. She became the first female school bus driver in the State of South Dakota and drove for nearly 40 years in the Sisseton & Peever area.
Helen is survived by her children: Arlys Daniel, of Sisseton SD, Ron (Carrie) Fleischhacker, of Chugiak AK, Richard (Missy) Huff of Sisseton SD, Rodney (Theresa) Huff of Aberdeen SD, and Lila (Josh) Bjerken of Mapleton ND, Fourteen grandchildren, Eleven great grandchildren, One great great grandchild, Four foster daughters: Sherri, Ashley, Lyndsay and Stephanie Chanku, One Sister: Blanche Young of Beloit MI, Two Brothers: Raymond Hillberg of Sioux Falls SD and Donald Hillberg of Watertown SD.
Helen was preceded in death by her Husband Arlo D. Huff, Children: Randy Fleischhacker, Lorna (Dave) Behrns, Parents: Hjalmer and Clara Hillberg, Three Sisters: Vera Hansen, Agnes Hillberg, Violet Kively, Four Brothers: Virgil Hillberg, Leonard Hillberg, Kenneth Hillberg and Clayton Hillberg.
Visitation will be held Friday, June 3, 2022 from 4-6 PM at 12398 Lohre Road, Sisseton, SD 57262. Funeral service will be held Saturday, June 4, 2022 at 10:30 AM at Buffalo Lake Lutheran Church, 44844 – 123rd Street, Eden, SD 57232. Interment will be at the Buffalo Lake Lutheran Cemetery, Eden, SD. Following the interment, there will be a reception at the 4-H building in Sisseton, SD from 2:30 – 5:30 PM.
Pallbearers will be Gerald Daniel, Clint Behrns, Hunter Fleischhacker, Matthew Fleischhacker, Kegan Huff, Cameron Huff, Jacob Bjerken and Jack Cleveland.
Honorary Pallbearers will be the remainder of Helens grandchildren: Michelle Behrns, Timber Fleischhacker, Mitchell Lohre, Seth Lohre, Tayler Huff, Andrew Williams, Hailey Huff, great grandchildren: Trey Wilson, Elena Lohre, Mia Lohre, Harper Lohre, Kade Lohre, Alyssa Williams, Blake Williams, Cailey Williams, Liam Rise, Cohen Rise, Kai Rise, and great, great grandchild Nolan Williams.
Following the interment, there will be a reception at the 4-H building in Sisseton, SD.