Cole S. Halland

cole s. halland

Cole Steven Halland, 24 of Valley City and also of Kindred, ND, died Saturday, May 16, 2010 in Valley City , ND .

Cole was born on November 1, 1985 in Fargo , ND to his parents Steven and Joan (Kapaun) Halland.  He was baptized and later confirmed at the Kindred Lutheran Church .

Cole attended Kindred Public School for grades K-12.  He was in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts as a youngster and also played little league baseball.  In junior high Cole was in wrestling, football and track.  While in high school he participated in band, FFA, baseball and his favorite sport - football.  As a senior he was the football captain and also a Region 1 first team lineman.

After graduating from Kindred High School in 2004, he enrolled at Valley City State University where he played football (#61) there for 4 years.  It was at VCSU that he met his many friends, coaches and players who were very important to him.  He enjoyed the game and loved the action of football - whether on offense or defense.

In the fall of 2008 for a coaching class he helped coach the defensive line at Maple Valley City under the guidance of his uncle Brett as the head coach.  In the fall of 2009 he coached the 5th and 6th grade football team at Maple Valley School where he showed incredible patience for his players.

Cole was a low-key witty person, the master of a good joke.  He could recall movie lines instantaneously and had an infectious laugh.  He and his cousins and other friends enjoyed being together - telling jokes and stories.  He played golf and softball and especially enjoyed hunting with his dad, uncles and cousins.

His survivors include his parents, Kindred, ND, sister Erin Halland, Valley City , ND ; his grandparents Elmer and Rita Halland, Tower City , ND, Paternal uncles and aunts: John Halland, Hunter, ND; Daniel (Gayle) Halland, Oriska, ND; Barb (Jerry) Spiekermeier, West Fargo, ND; Becky (David) Elbert, Fargo, ND; Kathy (Darrell) Holm, Valley City, ND; Vicki (Chris Erickson) Tower City, ND; and Neil Halland, Buffalo, ND; and 12 first cousins, Maternal uncle and aunts: Brett (Cindy) Kapaun, Tower City, ND; Pamela (Russell) Walcker, Finley, ND and Janice (Eldo) Beilke, Fargo, ND; and 6 first cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents Donald & Jeanne Kapaun, Tower City , ND .

"One is not gone - who touched the lives of others in such a warm and caring way.

One is not lost - who warmed the lives of all around with freely given friendship.

One is not forgotten - who found the way to others' hearts and mapped a route to love."

The Funeral for Cole will be Thursday, May 20th, at 11:00am at the Kindred Lutheran Church , Kindred.  Visitation will be 1 hour before the funeral. The Prayer Service will also be at the Kindred Lutheran Church at 7:00pm on Wednesday, May 19th and visitation will be from 5:00-7:00pm. Burial will be in  Valley City , ND .


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  1. Richmond TexasMy deepest sympathy for the family. May the promises in the Holy Scriptures brings comfort to you. The Bible promises one day soon, “God will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore” -Revelation chapter 21 verses 3,4. We yearn for the day to see our dear loved ones again. Jesus promises, “the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out” – John chapter 5 verses 28, 29.

  2. St. Paul MN
    I am shocked and sad at the loss of this young man. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. I can remember him as a young boy. I am so sorry to the Halland Family for their huge loss.

  3. St. Paul MN
    I am shocked and sad at the loss of this young man. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. I can remember him as a young boy. I am so sorry to the Halland Family for their huge loss.

  4. Moorhead Minnesota
    Steve, Joan, and Erin,

    I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Cole. It must be comforting to know that in your son’s short 24 years he was here he touched soooo many lives. I will always remember the happy go lucky little kid I use to babysit and just wish I would have gotten to know him as he grew into the fine young man he became. May God hold all of you in the palm of his hand and ease the pain and grief you have in your hearts. You are all in my prayers. Rest In Peace Cole.

  5. Fargo, ND
    We will forever hold on to the great memories of you and keep you alive through them. There is no one that will ever wear an “ugly sweater” quite like you.

    There is no doubt that you are greatly missed…see you again someday Cool Whip.

  6. West Jordan UtahHalland family,

    My thoughts and prayers go out to you at this most difficult time. Keep all your favorite memories and happy times with Cole close to your heart now and forever. May his memory be eternal.

  7. Hatton ND
    We didn’t know your son well, he lived with our son Scott in Valley City for a short time. Our sympathy and prayers go out to you and all your family at your loss. Pray God will be with you and see you through this time.

  8. Hunter ND
    We were so sorry to hear about Cole. We know how hard it is to lose a son. Our sincere and understanding sympathy to all of you.

  9. Kindred ND
    Joan, Steve, Erin- Our thoughts and prayers go out to you. May the Lord give you strength and understanding. He shall guide your way.

    Cole was a precious gift and he will be missed dearly. So many laughs, smiles…..

  10. Chesaning MIDearest Hallands,
    What terrible news to hear! My memories of Kindred are all so fond and they always involve wonderful people like yourselves! Erin holding my music for pep band and Cole at the daycare! Mrs. Halland, I still can’t bring myself to call you Joan, but you are an incredible teacher, Mom and woman, my heart breaks for you and you all are in my prayers. Love to you all

  11. Vancouver WaWe were so sorry to here of your loss. Our prayers are with all.

    Love cousins
    Darlene and Gary

  12. Bagley MnSorry for your loss, went up to visit family @ Arthur’s rest home, heard the bad news from Elmer. Our prayers go out to you, with deepest sympathies but I hope the memories and thoughts he left with you can still bring happy times. It was nice to chat with Grampa Elmer about the past.

  13. Tulsa OKI knew Cole from 2nd grade through 12th grade. I miss him dearly. He was such a happy, FUNNY guy in school…We all loved his jokes, especially when they interrupted Mrs. Hallands class. Their banter was hilarious. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. I wish I could be there to show my love to you all.

    Tasha Horsley

  14. Fargo Dear Steve, Joan & Erin,

    My family has you in their thoughts and prayers. Hold the memories close of Cole’s smiles and know you don’t walk this path alone. Hold your friends and family close during this time. Take care of each other.

    Our Prayers and thoughts are with you.

    Rhonda & family

  15. las vegas nvJoan and Steve, I am so sorry for your loss, that words cannot explain. I t is so sad to loose a family member and especially one so full of life. Please find strength in the great memories that you shared and know that Cole would like you to be happy and full spirited.
    Try to celebrate his life.

  16. Grand Forks ND
    Joan, Steve, Erin and family,

    Our heart is heavy for you all. We know your pain must be unimaginable. Cling to the promises of our great Lord and He will give you the strength you need now and in the days to come. Psalm 18:2, “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” We are praying for all of you.

    Joan, Steve and Erin

    I am so sorry for your lose of a son, a brother and a friend. I remember him when I worked at the school. He was so well liked and funny. Just wanted to let you know that Cole will be missed in more ways then one.

  18. Albuquerque NMJoan, Steve, and Erin:
    My deepest sympathies and condolences on your loss of Cole. I’m sure my sisters, Molly and Peggy, would know Cole a little better than I do, but I haven’t forgotten how when Erin was little she called him ‘Cole Whip’. May God’s blessing and peace come upon you all.

    Jason Pieper

  19. Tower City ND
    Cole, you will be missed greatly. You always had a smile on your face and brought so much laughter into the lives you have touched. I really got to know you at VCSU and when you become a fellow coach on our staff. The kids really looked up to you and we all loved ya. You will be missed buddy.

    Steve, Joan, Erin & family. Words cannot describe the pain in your hearts. Just know you have a lot of love and support from so many family and friends to help you through this most difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you.

  20. Bismarck ND
    Dear Joan,Steve,, Erin, & family

    We are so sorry to hear about Cole. Our hearts go out to you! We can’t know what you are all going through, but know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. The days ahead will be hard but with the support of family and friends may it ease your pain just alittle. God bless you all!

  21. Valley City North Dakota
    Marshall and I are so sorry for your loss. We will keep your family in our prayers. Erin, if you need anything you know where to find us. Love you guys.

    Marshall and Ashley Boom