Emil Wieland, Fargo, North Dakota, formerly of Jamestown, North Dakota, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 10, 2019.
Emil was born in Streeter, North Dakota on June 9, 1923, to Matilda (Schlenker) and Emil Wieland. Emil was married to Viola Olstad on September 14, 1947, in Jamestown, North Dakota.
Emil was very outgoing and talented. He lit up every room he entered. When he was young, he played guitar and sang on the radio with his brother Ed. He played both high school and college football and ran track. He was an all-state football player and ran a 10-flat 100-yard dash. Emil worked as Administrator of Jamestown Hospital for 30 years. He served as President of the Upper Midwest Hospital Association and on the Board for Blue Cross Blue Shield of ND. Emil was a decorated war veteran. He was a Corporal in the 6th Tactical Air Communications Squadron, Ninth Air Force. He had four major battle stars, including landing on Omaha Beach on D-Day.
Most importantly, Emil was a great family man. He taught us the value of hard work and determination. He taught us love, kindness and generosity by his words and how he lived his life. His love and kindness will live on in all he touched.
Special thanks to the wonderful staff at Bethany on 42nd where he made his home the past three years. They made him feel like family.
Emil is survived by his daughter, Karen (Bob) Shellenbarger and two sons, James Wieland and Paul (Diane) Wieland; eight grandchildren, Nicole (Chris) Hahn, Chris (Christine) Shellenbarger, Ashlee (Jake) Cummins, Jessica (Ben) Record, Katie Wieland, Justin Wieland, Emily Wieland and Jaden Wieland; along with six great-grandchildren, Logan and Aftyn Hahn, Lyla and Adaline Cummins, Emil Shellenbarger and Sam Record; and special friend, Cindy Belohlavek.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, brothers, Leonard, Arthur and Edward, and sisters, Ann and Rose Marie.
A private family ceremony will be held.
Memorials may be sent to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation - Logan's Heroes-Fargo, 100 N. 6th St. #604A, Minneapolis, MN 55403 or the Jamestown Hospital, JRMC Foundation, 2422 20th St. SW, Jamestown, ND 58401.
Condolences and memories may be shared at www.hansonrunsvold.com
Arrangements by Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home - Fargo, ND