Arlo D. Rowland, 86, of Chatfield, died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, at Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield.
Arlo Duane Rowland was born Dec. 15, 1925, to Merle and Maggie Rowland in Gary (Deuel County), South Dakota. Arlo lived with his parents in southwestern Minnesota until moving to a farm in Sibley County near Gaylord in 1933. He attended school in Gaylord and served with the Army during World War II. Arlo served again during the Korean Conflict. He married Janice Redman in Winthrop on Sept. 24, 1947. They were blesses with three sons.
Arlo was baptized and confirmed as an adult at the Lutheran Church in Dodge Center on April 11, 1954.
He was employed in the Gaylord area with Mueller Well Co. prior to moving to Kasson. In Kasson, he was employed with Lampland Well Co. In 1958 he started Rowland Well Co. moving to Byron and in 1960 moved his family and business to Chatfield. He held a well drilling license and provided pump installation and repair. The first well drilled was in Chatfield on May 25, 1959. He was a licensed member with the Minnesota Deptartment of Health and Minnesota Well Association.
Arlo was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church of Chatfield and enjoyed many leisure interests including, boating, snowmobiling, playing cards, walking, exercise and TV. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion and proudly served with the VFW Honor Guard.
In August 2010, Arlo moved to the Chatfield Care Center because of health reasons.
Arlo is survived by his wife, Janice of Chatfield; sons, Douglas (Kimi); Steven (Nancy); and Neil all of Chatfield; seven grandchildren, Renee Bennett of Harlingen, Texas; Mickey (friend, Tanya) Rowland of Rochester; Gregory (Melinda) Rowland of St. Paul; Michele Rowland of Beltox, Texas; Scott Rowland, Adam (Trista) Rowland and Benjamin (Katie) Rowland all of Chatfield; seven great-grandchildren; brothers, Ardell Rowland (friend, Mary) of Scottville, Mich.; Alan (Laurie) Rowland of Burnsville; sisters, Elva Senske; Eunice (Alex) Gasow; Mavis (John) Siewert; Lorna Kuphal; Lois Frauendienst all of Gaylord; Sharon (Lance) Larson of Watertown, S.D.; Mary (Kenneth) Waterman of Blaine; Linda (Marvin) Wallender of Manton, Mich; and David Redman of Winthrop; sister-in-law, Alice Redman of Kasson and former daughter-in-law, Rosie Rowland of Chatfield. He was also survived by many nephews, nieces and other extended family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Merle and Maggie Rowland; Janice's parents, Elmer and Minnie Redman; sisters, Joyce Borchert, Marlys Rowland and Kathy Knacke and her husband, Roger Knacke; brother-in-laws, Maynard Borchert, Albert Kuphal, Clarence Senske and Lowell Redman; sister-in-law, Darlene Majeski and husband Harold "Joe" Majeski.
Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday Dec. 3, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Chatfield, with Pastor Paul Preston officiating.
Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at Riley Funeral Home in Chatfield, and one hour prior to the service at the church Monday.
Burial will be in St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery in Chatfield with military honors by the Chatfield VFW Post #6913.
Riley Funeral Home in Chatfield is in charge of arrangements. 507-867-4310 www.rileyfuneralhomes.com