Harry Charles Schilling
Harry Charles Schilling, 86, of Redfield, SD, passed away surrounded by family on Saturday, July 25, 2020, in Aberdeen, SD. All services will take place on Wednesday, July 29. Public visitation will be from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., with his public funeral service at 7:00 p.m., both at the Redfield United Methodist Church. Interment, with military honors, will follow the service at Greenlawn Cemetery in Redfield. Pastor Alton Vilhauer and Pastor Melissa Rowenhorst will officiate.
The church does require masks to be worn and social distancing guidelines followed. The funeral service will be live-streamed to Hyke Funeral Home's website, under Harry’s obituary, for those unable to attend. Arrangements have been entrusted to Hyke Funeral Home of Redfield. (www.hykefuneralhome.com)
Harry Charles Schilling was born on July 13, 1934, in Seneca, SD to Fred and Laura ”Kate” (Elliot) Schilling. He graduated from Miller High School in Miller, SD and worked as a mechanic prior to being drafted into the United States Army. After being honorably discharged, he returned to Miller and continued to work as a mechanic. He was also a mechanic in Aberdeen, Phillip, and Faulkton, SD.
Harry met the love of his life, Alma Hulett, after being introduced by his sister. They were married on July 24, 1960, in Phillip. Eventually they made their home in Redfield, SD where he worked for thirty years as a mechanic for Oldsmobile. In 1990, he opened Schilling Auto Clinic in Redfield which he ran until his retirement in 2018. Harry was a Certified Master Mechanic and won awards at several in-service trainings.
Harry was active in the Redfield United Methodist Church, and was one of the people that helped finish the interior after the new church was built in 1963. Harry enjoyed spending his spare time fishing. He was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the United Commercial Travelers, and the Redfield Clay Kiser American Legion Post #92.
Harry is survived by his wife of 60 years, Alma; son Henry (Cynthia) Schilling of McComb, MS and their children: Jeremy and Zachary; son Ted (Jill) Schilling of Spearfish, SD and their children: Daniel, Matthew, Timothy, and Emma; and daughter Ruth Logan of Aberdeen, SD and her children: Leeann, Susan, Kimberly and Tiffany. He is also survived his daughter-in-law Michelle Schilling of Watertown, SD and her daughter Samantha; two great-grandchildren: Jonathan and Brielle; brother Ivan Schilling; sister Sara Lembke as well as several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, son Paul, sisters: Hazel and Elsie, brother Vernon, and sister-in-law Miriam.