|Julian O. Loiland, 75|
|Written by TRF Times|
Kalispell, Mont. - Julian O. Loiland, 75, formerly of Goodridge, died Monday, Aug. 22, 2011.
Memorial services were held Saturday, Aug. 27 at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Monticello.
Julian O. Loiland was born June 12, 1936, to Olaf and Myrtle Loiland in Thief River Falls. He grew up in rural Goodridge, where he also attended grade school and high school. He was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses on Aug. 3, 1950, in New York City. As a young man, he worked on the ore boats out of Duluth.
He married Karen Kriel in Thief River Falls on March 18, 1960. They resided in Embarrass from 1960 to 1986, where they had five children. He worked for Erie Mining and Reserve, mining while living there. When that mine shut down, they lived for a while in Alaska and California but eventually settled in Newport, where he worked for BFI?until his retirement. They moved to Becker in 1992 and Ortonville in 2001.
Julian became an elder in the congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1972 and took that responsibility very seriously. He loved talking to people about God’s promise of a new earth in the future. Next to serving Jehovah, Julian loved spending time with his family. He also loved traveling, especially to Montana and Alaska.
Julian had a great love for music and loved jamming with a group that included his daughter and son-in-law. Upon retirement, he started making fiddles and other smaller woodworking projects. He made 11 fiddles in all. He also loved hunting with his boys and looked forward to their hunting trip every year.
He is survived by his wife, Karen, of 51 years, and five children: Dan (Tracy), Craig (Kim), JoAnn (Jeffrey Malzahn), Jim and Jonathan (Erika); nine grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; his sister, Joyce Ruud; two brothers, John and Clayton Loiland; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Olaf and Myrtle Loiland, and a daughter-in-law, Patty Loiland.