Archive for Thursday, October 19, 2000

Merlyn Koland

October 19, 2000


— Graveside services and inurnment for Merlyn Wayne George Koland, 79, Christiansburg, Va., will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Indian Hill Cemetery, Chapman. Chapman American Legion Post No. 240 will provide color guard and firing squad.

Mr. Koland died Sunday, Oct. 15, 2000, at Montgomery Regional Hospital, Blacksburg, Va.

He was born Feb. 11, 1921, in Strandquist, Minn., the son of George Theo and Minnie M. (Lofstrom) Koland. He recently moved to Christiansburg, Va., from Minnesota.

Mr. Koland served in the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean War. He owned Koland's Cafe in Chapman.

He married Joan Caroline DesRosier in September 1942. They divorced in January 1962. He was married to Ursula Koland from 1965 to 1989.

Survivors include five daughters, Karen Michael, Olathe, Renee Jury, Chapman, Annette Gabrick, Lawrence, Reinis Smith, Wichita, and, Denise Cruc, Orlando, Fla.; three sons, Lance, Newton, Scott, Chapman, and Michael, Kansas City, Kan.; four brothers, Forrest, Hibbing, Minn., George, Karlstad, Minn., and, Oliver and Leonard, both of Christiansburg, Va.; three sisters, Iyone Gillis and Corrine Champion, both of Christiansburg, Va., and Helen Koland, Minnesota; 35 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

A grandchild died earlier.

The family suggests memorials to the Chapman American Legion Post No. 240, sent in care of Londeen Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 429, Chapman 67431.

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