Thief River Falls - Clarence Koland, 91, died on Saturday, September 25, 2004 at the CNC unit of Northwest Medical Center in Thief River Falls.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, September 28, at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, with Rev. Virgil Rasmussen officiating. Casket bearers include Craig Spilde, John Cervantes, Joey Sabol, Mitch Borneman, Jack Owen, Jerry Owen and Skip Borneman. Honorary casket bearers included all of his grandchildren and great- grandchildren. Military honors were provided by the Thief River Falls American Legion and VFW Posts. Interment was held at Greenwood Cemetery in Thief River Falls.
Clarence John Koland was born on March 26, 1913 on the family farm near Karlstad, to Christ and Laura (Harrison) Koland. He was baptized and confirmed at the Zion Lutheran Church and attended school in Strandquist.
Clarence entered the Army Air Corp in 1942. He served as a Corporal and operated the radar tracking station in Iceland, during World War II until his discharge in Berkley, Calif., in 1945.
He was united in marriage to Melbrey Viola Arvesen on May 29, 1945. They lived in Berkley, Calif., for a short time then moved to Bottineau, N.D., where Clarence was working with his brother Louie building grain elevators and houses. They then moved to Strandquist and then to Karlstad where Clarence worked as a carpenter. He built many homes in the northwest Minnesota area. Clarence and Melbrey moved to Thief River Falls in 1984. He had resided at Valley Home for the past couple of years.
Clarence enjoyed woodworking. He built many things including clocks. He was also proud of his country and his service to his country. Clarence also enjoyed deer hunting and fishing. He was a Life Member of the American Legion in Thief River Falls, and was a member at the Hegland Church near Strandquist for many years.
Clarence is survived by his wife Melbrey of Red Lake Falls; two sons, Wayne (Susie) of Thief River Falls and Curtis (Sandy) of Wasilla, Alaska; four grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; six great- grandchildren; five step-great grandchildren; one sister, Betty Maudlin of Boulder City, Nev.; two sisters-in-law, Bess Koland and Luella Dravland; and many friends,.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Norris, Louis; three sisters: Ida Hendrichs, Alice Lerud, Bertha Koland; and a step father, Hans Nelson.