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The Steel Supply Company President Hjortland Dies

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Donald Martin Hjortland, president of The Steel Supply Company, died Dec. 23 in Naples, Fla. He celebrated his 90th birthday one day earlier.

Born in Kalamazoo, Mich., he graduated high school from Grant Lake High School in Fox Lake, Ill., and studied at St. Olaf College and Purdue University, graduating from Purdue with a degree in metallurgical engineering in 1951.   

Before embarking on a career in the steel industry, he developed noise filters for military aircraft for the Potter Company, then later served in the army. He joined his father at the Rolling Meadows, Ill.-based The Steel Supply Company, where he worked until the rest of his life. He also added a machine shop, Caliber Engineering, within The Steel Supply Company, and later formed a hard chrome plating company in Fox Lake, Ill.

He is survived by his wife Margaret Cronin Hjortland, one daughter, Cheryl Hjortland Preece; son Donald Owen Hjortland; stepdaughter Cassandra Anne Teschner McKeen and stepson John Stephen Teschner, plus other family members.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 10:00 am with a service to follow at noon at Ringa Funeral Home, 122 South Milwaukee Ave., Lake Villa, Ill. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 25519 West Illinois Route 134, Ingleside, IL 60041 and/or The Long Lake Improvement and Sanitation Association, P.O. Box 176, Ingleside, IL 60041.

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