Charles S. Rieland, 81

Charles Stephen Rieland, age 81, of Delano, passed away Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at his home.

He was born April 28, 1933, in Delano, to Joseph and Lena (Grogan) Rieland.

Charlie was a 1951 Delano High School graduate.

He honorably served his country in the US Army during the Korean War.

An active volunteer in his community, Charlie served on the Fort Snelling Memorial Rifle Squad, as well as the Delano American Legion Honor Squad.

He operated an insurance agency in Delano for more than 30 years.

Charlie liked to spend time at his farm, and was known to his family as “Farm Boy Sr.” He was born and lived in Delano his whole life, other than the service and a couple of short stints away.

Charlie was known around Delano and the surrounding areas for the special project that he took on over a period of over 10 years, painstakingly researching all unmarked cemetery graves in the local cemeteries in and around Delano. He went on to create cemetery markers for the unmarked graves, seen as small white crosses with names on them in the local cemeteries.

Charlie was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Eugene and Willard Rieland; brothers-in-law Julius Hardt and Clarence Russek; and sister-in-law Jenny Rieland.

He is survived by his children, Michelle Eikens, Mark (Natalia) Rieland and Mary Emery; seven grandchildren; siblings LeRoy Rieland, Viola Hardt, and Luella Russek; and many nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial took place Saturday May 31 at 2 p.m. at St. Peter Catholic Church in Delano, with visitation from noon to 2 p.m. at Martha’s Hall of St. Peter Catholic Church, prior to Mass. Interment with military honors took place at the Delano Public Cemetery.

Arrangements were by the Iten Funeral Home of Delano.

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