Born: November 19, 1885, Stord Island (near Bergen), Norway. Died: August 18, 1959, Aspen, Colorado. Buried: Floral Hills Cemetery, Kansas City, Missouri.
Pseudonyms-- Virginia Rose Golden Laverne Gray Richard Hainsworth Rev. H. N. Lines Robert Whitmore Ferne Winters
Lillenas emigrated to America as a child; his family settled first in South Dakota, then moved to Oregon in 1889. He attended Deets Pacific Bible College in Los Angeles, California (later renamed to Pasadena College); studied music at the Siegel-Myers School of Music in Chicago, Illinois; and received an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Olivet Nazarene College. His first pastorate was in Lompoc, California, in 1910; he later pastored in Redlands, California, and Indianapolis, Indiana. In 1924, he founded the Lillenas Music Company (bought by the Nazarene Publishing Company in 1930), and worked as an editor there until his retirement in 1950. Haldor married Bertha Mae Wilson, a songwriter like himself. He and Bertha were elders in the Church of the Nazarene. Haldor traveled as an evangelist, then pastored several churches, 1914-1924. In his lifetime, he wrote some 4,000 hymns, and supplied songs for many evangelists. His works include: Special Sacred Songs, 1919 New Sacred Songs Strains of Love Special Sacred Songs No. 2
Sources: Hustad, p. 273 Schwanz, pp. 69-76