Rapid City: Kenneth L. Haaland, 83, of Rapid City passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
He was born in Veblen, on Dec. 13, 1927, to Jacob and Agnes (Nelson) Haaland. He grew up on the farm and was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran church in Veblen. He attended country school in Marshall County through the eighth grade. He then went to work for a neighboring farmer when he was 13 and worked for him until his enlistment in the United States Army in Aberdeen on Nov. 22, 1948.
Ken served in the Korean War and was severely wounded by hand grenade shrapnel. He was sent to a hospital in Japan, following treatment at a M.A.S.H. unit in the field. When he returned to the U.S., he continued his recovery and was honorably discharged on Nov. 22, 1951, at Fort Riley, Kan., with the rank of Corporal. Due to the location of the shrapnel, a good portion of it couldn't be removed from his body. Ken was awarded the Purple Heart. He returned to the Aberdeen area and remained there until he moved to Rapid City in the fall of 1953.
Ken worked as a stone mason and brick layer for Barton Masonry for over 30 years until June 1989, when he had to retire on disability due to a fall from the roof of a building. While working for Barton Masonry, he received many awards for excellence for various jobs completed. It was in Rapid City that he met and married Mary Adamak on Dec. 22, 1956. She passed away on March 9, 2007, following a lengthy illness.
He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church for about 40 years. At that time he decided to leave Faith and became a member of Zion Lutheran Church on June 25, 2005, where he remained an active member. His faith was very important to him. It was there that he met Karen Thomas and they were married on Aug. 23, 2008. They enjoyed three wonderful years together. In addition to spending time together, Ken also enjoyed gardening and enjoyed hunting and fishing in his younger days. Ken was a life member of the VFW and DAV.
He is survived by his loving wife, Karen Haaland, of Rapid City; his brother, Curtis Haaland, and his wife, Carmen, of Aberdeen; and his sister, Arlene Weiand, of Hillsboro, Ore.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary; his parents; his brother, Merril Haaland; his sister, Judy Thornes; and brothers-in-law, Paul Weiand and Reuben Thornes.
Visitation will be at Kirk Funeral Home on Sun., Aug. 28 from 2 to 4 p.m., and for one hour before services at the church.
Services are set for 1:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29, at Zion Lutheran Church in Rapid City with the Rev. David Schwan and Vicar Paul Winckler officiating. A luncheon will begin at noon at the church for family and friends.
Interment with honors by VFW Post 1273 of Rapid City will follow at 3 p.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
A memorial has been established to the Zion Lutheran Church Building Fund.
Friends may sign Ken's online guestbook at kirkfuneralhome.com.