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William E. Ohland

June 6, 1931 — December 23, 2023

Kalamazoo

William (Bill) Ernest Ohland went to be with his Savior, Jesus Christ, on December 23, 2023.   He was born June 6, 1931, in Winthrop, Minnesota, to Alfred and Lillian (Voight) Ohland.  He was raised in Winthrop and enjoyed spending time on his aunt and uncle’s farm.  After graduating from Winthrop High School in 1951, he served in the U.S. Army, primarily in Panama, during the Korean War.  On September 11, 1954, he wed MaryAnn Messner and was married for 64 years.  They lived in Minnesota, Montana, and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, prior to residing in Kalamazoo for about five decades. 

He was a Certified Court Reporter for 40 years serving several circuit courts with a majority of his career spent with Allegan County in Michigan.  He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church for 44 years where he often served as an usher.  He enjoyed golfing, bowling, playing bridge, and traveling.  In his early days, he enjoyed fishing and hunting with his brothers and friends.  He was hard working, provided well for his family, valued education and gave his children multiple educational opportunities.

Bill is survived by his children, Sandra (Gary) Inselman, Bill (Becky) Ohland, Shari (Ted) Gajary, and Bruce (Sarah) Ohland; 19 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; sister Carol Gorr; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, his parents, and five siblings, Elvira Hansen, Verness Ohland, Myron Ohland,  Alroy Ohland, and LaVonne Ohland. 

A visitation will be held Thursday, January 4, 2024 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at Langeland Family Funeral Homes Burial & Cremation Services, 3926 S 9th St, Kalamazoo, MI 49009.  A memorial service will be held Friday, January 5, 2024 at 11:00 AM at Zion Lutheran Church, 2122 Bronson Blvd, Kalamazoo, MI.  The family will greet guests from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM prior to the service. Graveside services with military honors in West Oshtemo Cemetery will be held at 2:00 PM.  In lieu of flowers please consider a gift to Zion Lutheran Church or Centrica Care Navigators Hospice.  To view Bill’s personalized web page, please visit https://www.langelands.com.
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Visitation

Thursday, January 4, 2024

5:30 - 7:30 pm (Eastern time)

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Visitation

Friday, January 5, 2024

10:00 - 11:00 am (Eastern time)

Zion Lutheran Church (Kalamazoo)

2122 Bronson Boulevard, Kalamazoo, MI 49008

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Funeral Service

Friday, January 5, 2024

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

Zion Lutheran Church (Kalamazoo)

2122 Bronson Boulevard, Kalamazoo, MI 49008

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Friday, January 5, 2024

2:00 - 2:30 pm (Eastern time)

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