Services for Duane Rouland

Duane Rouland, 91, of Gully, MN, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at Sanford Fargo Medical Center in North Dakota.


Memorial services will be held on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Lund Lutheran Church in Gully, MN with a visitation one hour prior. Interment will be at Lund Lutheran Cemetery in Gully, MN. The Cease Family Funeral Home of Bagley assisted the family with arrangements.


Duane was born on the family farm in Gonvick, Minnesota on December 25, 1927 to Ole and Ethel (Sorenson) Rouland. He graduated from Fosston High School and at 18 was drafted into the Army during the Korean War. When he returned home, he began working on the railroad, primarily in the Iron Range. He met the love of his life, Arvilla Spicer and they were so eager to be wed, they got married the weekend after she graduated High School on June 2, 1956 in Trail, MN. Duane’s work led them a few places around MN. They lived in Silver Bay while he was still with the Railroad, then moved to Baudette where he worked for MNDOT. There he was promoted to supervisor but turned it down to come home to Gully and begin one of the first Wild Rice farms with his brother, Bob. During this time, Duane got into ranching, which he continued to do until Arvilla became ill. He wanted to be closer to her and worked for some time at the Clearwater Veterinary Clinic. After Arvilla’s death in 1999, he went on to drive semi and hauled potatoes for a while.


Duane loved his labor, especially farming, and was an extremely hard worker. He put his all into what he did. He was a very kind man with a big heart. He loved deer hunting and dancing. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren. He will be tremendously missed. Blessed be his memory.


Duane is survived by his children, Dan (Leah) Rouland, Miles (Brenda) Rouland, and Lori (Bob) Burgess; his grandchildren, Brianna (Lee) Compton, Blake Rouland, MaCayla Rouland, Jonathan Rouland, Matthew Rouland, Brandi (Tyler) Hoie, Mitch Stinar, Angela Burgess, Luke Burgess, Lane Watne, and Danielle Watne; his great grandchildren, Sophie, Jordyn, Sawyer, and Harper; his siblings Franklin Rouland and Rosalind Pittaway; his special friend, Adeline Hugg; and many other loved family and friends.


He was preceded in death by his wife, Arvilla Rouland; his daughter, Marcia Rouland; his siblings, Bob Rouland, Darlene Melander, and Estelle Bolgrean; and his parents, Ethel and Ole Rouland.


Messages of condolence may be sent to


Richards Publishing

P.O. Box 159
239 2nd Ave
Gonvick, MN 56644
Telephone: (218) 487-5225

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