This blog is about the family of John and Pearl Harlan Hullinger who settled in Vivian, South Dakota. Family
names include Hullinger, Hollinger, Holiger, Harlan, Hart, Lockridge, Poe, Siddens, Kirk, Jennings, Chapin, Ford, Cornwall.
Jan. 2, 2001 Vivian Lyman County South Dakota, USA
M.E. "Red" Hullinger was born on May 29, 1927 to John F. and Pearl Harlan Hullinger at their farm home south of Vivian, SD. After graduation for Vivian High School in 1945, he spent five years with the U.S. Navy, serving on tow destroyers-the USS Coolbaugh and the USS Goodrich. Ellis served on bards for West Central Electric, Vivian Township, and Soil Conservation. He also was a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. In non-official community roles, Ellis removed snow for the neighbors, chauffeured the sick and the elderly, and was a willing fix-it man.
A guitar player and country-western sing, Ellis sometimes performed with local dance combos but more frequently entertained at local affairs. He regularly visited shut-ins and often played and sang for then, as well. He continued the country-western focus with his love of horses and roping. He broke broncs and trailed cattle. He twirled rope, usually for the entertainment of small children, whom he loved and who loved him.
Ellis died Tuesday, January 2, 2001, at his home in Vivian.
Ellis' surviving family includes his wife Audry of Vivian, and his children and their families, Colleen and Darrell Erlandson and sons Jerry and Jeff of Sioux Falls, SD, Ronda and Harold Gutsche and daughters Sherry and Kristi and sons Sam and Guy of Rozet, WY, Lyle and Marsha Hullinger and sons Brodie and Toby of Vivian, SD Dan and Tenna Harvey of Kansas City, MO and Gene Harvey of Detroit, MI, brother Clifford Hullinger and wife Louise of Chicago, Il; sisters, Maribee Erikson of Waitsburg, WA, Margaret Rohde and Husband Ernie of Kennewick, WA, Carolyn Smith and husband Lorne of Waitsburg, WA, Doris Hulce and husband Bob of Waitsburg, WA, and Viginia Hullinger of Presho; sister-in-law Eunice Hullinger of Vivian and 24 nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parent, brother John (Jack) Hullinger, and brothers-in-law Everett Erikson and Garold McClanahan.