Michael Harris Gilland age 81 of Redwood Falls passed away surrounded by his loving family Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at Wood Dale Nursing Home in Redwood Falls. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 6 at First Presbyterian Church in Redwood Falls. Visitation is 5:00-8:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Redwood Valley Funeral Home and will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday. Burial will be at a later date. Memorials are preferred to First Presbyterian Church or the Alzheimer’s Foundation. Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service – Redwood Valley Funeral Home in Redwood Falls is assisting the family with arrangements.
Michael Harrris Gilland was born Sunday, April 21, 1935 (Easter) at the hospital in Jackson, Minnesota to parents Merrell and Goldie (Harris) Gilland. He was baptized at the First Presbyterian Church in Vesta on March 28, 1937 and confirmed at First Presbyterian Church in Redwood Falls March 21, 1948. Growing up, Michael’s family lived in Jackson before moving to a farm in Brookville Township near Morgan in 1945 where he attended school in District 34. His family moved to Redwood Falls in 1946 when Michael was in 5th grade. He graduated from Redwood Falls High School in 1953. He attended the University of MN School of Agriculture in the Twin Cities in 1953. He also farmed with his father after high school and enlisted in the National Guard at age 18. He served in Minnesota and at Fort Knox, Kentucky until 1960, when he was discharged as a Sergeant First Class. Michael married Charlene Joy Krinke on July 17, 1960 at the First Presbyterian Church in Redwood Falls. They farmed in Paxton Township near Redwood Falls and moved to a farm in 1963 that they later purchased and where they raised their family. Mike retired from farming in 2007, and in 2011, they moved into Redwood Falls. Michael served as an elder at First Presbyterian Church in Redwood Falls. He was a member of the Elevator Board in Redwood Falls. He was a member of the National Guard for 8 years.
Michael is survived by wife, Charlene; brother Dean (Nancy) Gilland of Arlington Heights, IL; sister Sharon (Dick) Swanlund of Bothell, Washington; daughter Holly (Curt) Meyer of Clara City, MN; son Mark (Whitney) Gilland of East Jordan, MI; daughter Wendy Vedeen of Eden Prairie; daughter-in-law Denise (Todd) Bradley of Cottage Grove, WI; grandchildren: Allie (Brandon) Hornseth of Fargo, ND, Kelsey (Nathan) Jones of Willmar, Travis Gilland of Milwaukee, WI, Kyle Gilland of Windsor, WI, Blake Bradley of Madison, WI, Seth (Kim) Bradley of Cross Plains, WI, Ashely Gilland of East Jordan, MI, Darren Gilland of Boyne City, MI, Kayla Gilland of East Jordan, MI, and Lauren Vedeen of Eden Prairie; great-grandchildren: Ava Double of Willmar, Kalylah Gilland of Windsor, WI, and Jackson Maly of Wanakee, WI; many nieces and nephews, and friends. He is preceded in death by his son Todd Michael and daughter Wanda Lynn.