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Donald Hareland

July 01, 1937 - December 27, 2019

Prayer Service - Wednesday

January 01, 2020
- 7:00 PM

Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo

Visitation - Wednesday

January 01, 2020
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center, Fargo

Funeral Mass - Thursday

January 02, 2020
- 11:00 AM

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Fargo


Fargo National Cemetery, Fargo


Boulger Funeral Home

Donald Hareland

July 01, 1937 - December 27, 2019


Donald Lloyd Hareland, 82, of Fargo passed away on December 27 in his home, surrounded by family assisted by Hospice of the Red River Valley.

Donald was born in Hannaford, ND to Lloyd and Agnes (Westley) Hareland on July 1, 1937. He attended Hannaford schools, graduating in 1955.

After graduation, Don enlisted in the Army National Guard. He furthered his military service by attending Officers Training school. He served as an engineer platoon leader and one of his proudest accomplishments was the Bjorne Ness foot bridge in Fort Ransom, ND which he designed and oversaw the construction. After 23 years in the North Dakota Army National Guard, Don retired at the rank of Major.

While living in Fargo, Donald met his wife to be, Marlys Schuler and they married on October 13, 1962 in Calio, ND. They made their home in Fargo where they have lived since.

Donald worked in the plumbing and heating field for most of his life, and in 1972 Don and Marlys started their own business; Agassiz Chemical & Equipment, specializing in chemical & equipment for heating and air conditioning systems. Don quickly became very well respected by his peers in the commercial heating and cooling industry. Some of his most memorable jobs were the FargoDome, Microsoft Campus, and the Ralph Engelstad Arena.

Don retired in 2007, selling the business to his son Steve who had worked side by side with Don for 15+ years.

Don & Marlys have been members of St. Anthony’s Parish since 1959 and Don was a member of the St. Anthony’s Knights of Columbus council. Don was also a member of the Fargo Optimist Club, serving in several board member positions.

Don is survived by his wife of 57 years, Marlys, three sons; David, Moorhead, MN; Thomas, Rolling Meadows, IL; Steven (Autumn), Horace, ND, six grandchildren; Jocelyn, Payton and Maren, Horace, ND; Kaylynn, MacKenzie and Julia, Moorhead, MN, four brothers; Dr. Willard (Alice) Hareland, Spiritwood, ND, Dr. Gary (Hazel) Hareland, Vergas, MN, John (Doris) Hareland, Monticello, MN, Westley (Camille) Hareland, Jacksonville, FL, and one sister; Dorothy (James) Bowler, Coon Rapids, MN.

Visitation from 5-7pm on January 1, 2020 followed by prayer service at Boulger Funeral Home.

Mass of Christian Burial will take place on January 2, 2020 at 11am at St. Anthonys of Padua Church, Fargo, ND. Burial will be at 2pm at Fargo National Cemetery.


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21 responses to “Donald Hareland”

  1. Christopher Noah says:

    All my condolences on behalf of the Noah family. Your Dad was one of a kind, and always was quick with a smile. He will be greatly missed, but, always remembered.

  2. Monica Kunze Mohs says:

    Heartfelt condolences to the family. God’s peace and precious memories✝️

  3. Daryl K says:

    Steve, Our prayers with you and all of your family. I know you will always keep him close to your heart and remember he is only a conversation away.

  4. Christi says:

    Sorry for your families loss.

  5. F C “Chuck” Humphrey says:

    Dear Marlys and family,
    Reading of Don’s death saddened me. My condolences to you, your sons, their wives, and your grandchildren. Don was a good friend, a great Optimist club member and fellow soldier. I remember how proud he was of the Bjarne Ness foot bridge at Ft Ransom.
    Chuck Humphrey
    Pocatello, Idaho.

  6. Darwin and Corine Wittmier says:

    It was a great pleasure to get to know Don and Marlys through the Fargo Optimist Club. Both Don and Marlys were very active in supporting Optimist activities. Both Don and Marlys worked the West Acres Chistmas Wrap project as well as many other Optimist projects. Don was highly respected in the community and will be missed, but never forgotten. Heartful condolences to Marlys and family.
    Darwin and Corine Wittmier

  7. Carla scott says:

    I am so sorry to hear about your Dads passing. Lean on extended family and friends for support. Please treasure all the memories u have of him. They will bring a smile to your face thinking of him. Hang in there friend.
    Greg & Carla Scott

  8. Susan (Fornes) Hanson says:

    Steve Autumn and family – deepest sympathies during this difficult time. May God bless your father and grant him eternal salvation and comfort all of you in your grief

  9. Mike & Darlene Wolf Mesa, Az says:

    Our prayers to the Hareland Family. It’s was our pleasure to know Don & Marlys for all our years at St.Anthony’s. Thanks for sharing your many hours as our families where growing up. Was a pleasure sharing a few hours together this past summer. May Don’s soul rest in peace. Our deepest sympathy.

  10. Randy and Robyn Wimmer says:

    Dear Marlys and Family-
    Knowing you and Don was a tremendous blessing. Being an Optimist was so easy with fellow members like Don and you. Our deepest sympathy to each of you as you mourn, yet celebrate the life of a wonderful man. Sincerely – Randy and Robyn Wimmer

  11. Sonya Friesz says:

    Steve, Autumn, and family,

    Praying for your healing, comfort, strength, and peace during this painful time.

    Sending you lots of love,
    Sonya, Urb, Jed & Trin, Josh & Hanna

  12. Roger Hauck says:

    Love and Courage to Dons family

  13. Jane (King) Gamble says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Don’s passing. As a kid growing up on 11th Avenue South in Fargo, I had no idea of the remarkable life Don had. Prayers for you all.

  14. Jo Gourde says:

    My condolences to the Hareland family. Prayers for comfort and peace.

  15. Butch and Ann Boisjolie says:

    Marlys and Family,
    Sympathy and prayers for your loss. We apologize for not attending Don’s services. Didn’t know he had passed until late last night when we had a chance to read our papers. Snow….
    Don always had a smile that made your day! Your family were fantastic neighbors and everyday greatly missed.
    Marlys, if there’s anything you need, let us know.
    Butch and Ann Boisjolie Family
    PS The alley light is going strong:)

  16. Bobbie Mcgarvey says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Don’s death. He had such a great sense of humor.
    He will be missed.

  17. Gordon Lund and family says:

    To Marlys and family, Our sympathy to all.
    Just a reminder to anyone interested in the Ft. Ransom bridge…the pictures that Don took while building the bridge can be found in the Museum in Ft. Ransom. Come on to Ft Ransom and see the making of a great bridge by the ND National Guard.

  18. Leif Steen says:

    Condolences from the Norwegian relatives.

    The Steen family.

  19. Frank L. Kratky says:

    I was sorry to hear that Don had passed away recently. He was a good friend and fellow member of the Fargo Optimist service club back in the 1980’s and 90’s with me. My sympathies go out to Don’s wife Marlys and family for their loss. May God bless you and keep you in the Lord’s care.

    Frank L. Kratky

  20. Tom and Gayle Greer says:

    We had the great honor of living next door to Don and his family from 1981, untill they moved a few years ago.
    A better more helpful neighbor you’d have trouble finding, with a great sense of humor, and a vast array of
    knowledge. He was always willing to share any of his tools when you needed them!
    Our kids remember Don threatening to climb over the fence and join them in the sand box or wading pool!!
    Good memories!
    Our sincerest sympathies go out to Marlys, Dave, Tom, and Steve and their families.

  21. Harriette E. Chiavacci says:

    My deepest condolences to Thom, Family & Friends of Mr. Donald Hareland. A beautifully written obituary. Harriette E. Chiavacci

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