He was born Jan. 14, 1916 in Oslo, Norway, and was educated in Sweden as an aeronautical engineer.
He came to the U.S. in 1937 to work at Consolidated Vultee, North American Aviation, and eventually Rockwell in Downey.
He was an active member of the community, and was recognized for his contributions, which included working with the Southland Lutheran Home Geriatric Center, the Trinity Lutheran Church and school of Norwalk, and the Sons of Norway Solbakken Lodge No. 64 of Placentia.
He loved to travel and took his family to Europe on many occasions.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret; his daughters, Kristine Pilkington of Santa Barbara, Kari Albrecht of Trabuco Canyon, Kim Harris of Long Beach, Irene Vachetta of Alpine; a son, Sigurd Zielke of Collonsville, Illinois; three sons-in-law, one daughter-in-law, 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Services continued at Trinity Lutheran Church in Norwalk. In lieu of
flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Harold S. Ovland Scholarship
Fund at Trinity Lutheran School, to the Southland Lutheran Home, or to
the Sons of Norway Lars Skjelbreia Scholarship Fund.