Harold Lincoln Kajellen - January 12, 2012

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Village of Ravena, died on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at St. Peterís Hospice after a long illness. He was born in 1927 in Brooklyn, NY to the late Harold V. Kjellen and the late Marie Fagerstrom Kjellen. He was predeceased by his sisters, Marie Kjellen Cave and Doris Kjellen. He is survived by a nephew, Thomas Cave (Lori) of Broomfield, Colorado and two grandnephews.
Harold grew up in Queens, NY and was educated in the New York City public schools. As a teenager, Harold worked as a seaman on the tugboats and barges in New York harbor. Following graduation from Adams High School in Queens, he enlisted in the United States Army at the age of 18. He served in the Pacific Theater as a rifleman with Troop E of the 7th Cavalry, Army of the United States. During the US occupation of Japan, he served on the personal protection detail for General Douglas MacArthur, Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers, and he guarded the Emperor of Japan at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Harold received the World War II Victory Medal and the Army of Occupation MedalóJapan. He was honorably discharged in 1948 with the rank of Private First Class.
Harold attended college on the G.I. Bill, graduating from Wagner College on Staten Island and Brooklyn Law School. He practiced law in New York City until 1968, when he joined the staff of the New York State Attorney General in Albany, as Assistant Attorney General in the Real Property Bureau. He retired from that position in 2007 after 39 years of state service.
Harold was an avid hiker and outdoorsman and a long time member of the Albany Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club, the Taconic Hiking Club and the Sierra Club. A lifelong Lutheran, he was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Athens, NY and served on their church council.
A funeral service will be held at Zion Lutheran Church, 102 N. Washington St., Athens, NY 12015 at 10 AM on Saturday, January 21st. Interment will be in Athens Rural Cemetery. Friends may call at the church on Saturday prior to the service starting at 9 AM. Contributions in Haroldís memory may be made to the Albany Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club, PO Box 2116, ESP Sta., Albany, NY 12220 or to Zion Lutheran Church.