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Leonard S. Okland

Leonard S. Okland, of Rifle, Colo., died August 5, 2002, at the Colorado State Veteran’s Center in Rifle. He was 81.

Mr. Okland was born June 17, 1921, in Arnegard, N.D., the son of Thomas and Inga Stenslie Okland.

He served his country in the U.S. Army Medical Section until his honorable discharge in 1943.

Upon his return from the service, Mr. Okland worked as a warehouseman at Gambles for 38 years.

Following the 1986 death of his first wife, Betty, Mr. Okland married Elsie Marie Ehrlich on May 16, 1987. The couple resided in Commerce City, Colo., until moving to Rifle in 1999.

He enjoyed gardening and was a member of the Adams City Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by two sisters and one brother.

He is survived by wife Elsie, of Rifle; sisters and brothers-in-law Esther and Jerome Heggen, of Alexander, N.D., Mildred and Duane Rindy, of Olympia, Wash., Ruth and Pete McConnon, of Washington, and Eleanor and Paul Thomas, of Florida; brothers and sisters-in-law Ingvald and Eileen Okland, of Bismark, N.D., Phillip and Angie Okland, of Nevada, and Melvin and Linda Okland, of California; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at the Rifle Christian Church. Burial will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, at Staging Area “A” of Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver, Colo.

Friends may make memorial contributions to the Colorado State Veteran’s Center.

Meeker Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.


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