Roland William Diers

Roland William Diers, 78, died Thursday, Nov. 12, 1998 in Grand Island, Neb.

Roland was born Oct. 19, 1920 in Woodland Township to Edward and Lydia (Krietlow) Diers. He went to country school in rural Waverly for the early grades and finished the 10th grade at Howard Lake High School.

Roland began farming in his early teen years when his father passed away.

On Nov. 8, 1941, Roland married Evelyn Christine Anderson. To this union, 10 children were born.

Roland loved to tell stories about being on the high school basketball team that went to the state tournament, as well as telling how farming should be, about building the road through the swamp, and taking mom to the hospital for the births of their children. He also loved dancing, calling his grandchildren Myrtle, wrinkling his forehead, and wiggling his ears to tease.

Roland farmed in rural Waverly for years and then went to Lake Havasu City, Ariz. for 10 years to enjoy rock climbing, boating, visiting, and working at the airport and the high school. He then moved back to Minnesota to drive tractor and help on the farm.

While traveling, Roland enjoyed stopping and checking out the crops in the field. He also enjoyed just driving in the country to look around.

Roland is survived by his wife Helen Zander; his sons and their wives: Gary and Linda, Michael and Hilaire, Dwayne and Rande Sue, Darrel and Anne, Jerome and Judy, Kevin and Mary, and Kermit; daughter, Gretchen, and her husband Doug Stensby; 22 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

He is further survived by sisters, Lorraine Dysart and Gladys Bandli Newton; sisters-in-law, Harriet Zander, June Wagner, Geraldine Anderson, and Ione Swedberg; and brothers-in-law Roger Anderson and Virgil Anderson.

He was preceded in death by wife Evelyn, son Lyle, and one infant daughter.

Funeral services were Monday, Nov. 16, 1998, 10:30 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, Howard Lake, with the Rev. Joel Swedberg officiating. Music was by Grant Judd.

Casket bearers were Roland's grandchildren. Interment was in the Howard Lake City Cemetery.

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