John Collin Hiort­dahl

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CH­ESTER­TOWN — John Collin Hiort­dahl of Ch­ester­town died Sun­day, July 30, 2017, at Er win 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.

On­line con­do­lences may be sent to the fam­ily at: www.fh­n­fu­ner­al­home.com.

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