Dan Boyland Foland, 90, and his wife Marjorie (Haidet) Foland, 90, both passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 within hours of each other at their home at Ohio Living Quaker Heights Care Community in Waynesville. Dan and Marjorie were married on Feb. 2, 1951 at the First Baptist Church in Wilmington where they were members.
They were known by many names within their family and community: Dan, Danny Boy, Dad, Poder, or Grandpa; and Marjorie, Marge, Mom, Grandma, Gigi or Poder’s Grandma.
The Folands shared their life and family on their farm for 65 years. The farm on State Route 134 South was where they shared their love, rearing their three children, welcoming both grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and farming. For them, always being together, it was fitting for them to pass within just hours of each other after sharing nearly 70 years of marriage. They were a true love story of partners in life.
Dan was born Feb. 24, 1930 in Wilmington, a son of the late John D. and Mary Louise (Boyland) Foland. As a young man, Dan was a Boy Scout achieving the rank of Eagle Scout, then dedicating many years leading Troop #44.
He played drums in the marching band and was a graduate with the Wilmington High School Class of 1948. Dan was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving as a Sergeant during the Korean Conflict with the 501 AAA Gun Battalion. Dan graduated from Wilmington College and was a member of the Gamma Phi Gamma (Gobbler) fraternity.
He retired from working many years at the Irwin Auger Bit located in Wilmington.
Marjorie was born on April 20, 1930 in Detroit, Michigan, a daughter of the late Monte P. and Margaret O. (Smith) Haidet. In 1948, she graduated from Wilmington High School, where she served as class secretary/treasurer. She was crowned the May Queen on May Day in 1947.
Marjorie, like Dan, went to Wilmington College and was a member of the Delta Omega Theta (Delt) sorority. Marjorie taught within the Wilmington City Schools for 25 years as an elementary teacher, later becoming a member of the Wilmington Retired Teachers Association. She had a love of penmanship through her dedicated correspondence with friends and family.
Dan and Marjorie are survived by three children, Susan K. (Fred) Ertel, Nancy J. (Rod) McKay, and Jeffery A. Foland (Lori Scarce), all of Wilmington. They cherished their grandchildren, Melissa A. (Eric) Noble, Hilary L. (Mike) Dreyer, Lauria B. (Andrew) Yeary, Jonathan C. McKay, Dr. Chadwick W. (Amanda) McKay, and Sarah J. (David) Brothers; and three nieces and three nephews.
Their great-grandchildren were an added blessing. They include Kyle and Blake Noble, Elliott and Reese Dreyer, Gunnar, Daxton and Larkyn Yeary, and Remy Brothers.
In addition to his parents, Dan is preceded in death by his brother, James W. Foland. In addition to her parents, Marjorie is preceded in death by two brothers, Robert G. Haidet and Philip A. Haidet.
A private family graveside funeral service will be held at the Sugar Grove Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post 49 Honor Guard of Wilmington. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Dan and Marjorie Foland can be made to: The First Baptist Church, 79 East Locust Street, Wilmington, OH 45177, or to Wilmington College, c/o the Advancement Office, 1870 Quaker Way, Wilmington, OH 45177.
The Brown Funeral Home of Wilmington is assisting the family. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.arehart-brown.com , or see the Facebook page, Brown Funeral Home.
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