Franklin D. Rowland

Thursday, February 25, 2021
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Franklin D. Rowland, a Native Montanan, was taken from this earth on February 13, 2021. He was the seventh of 12 siblings born to Richelieu (Mickey) and Mary Ann (Schreibeis) Rowland. He was born on Muddy Creek in Lame Deer, Montana. He married Juanita Kuper from Laurel, on July 3, 1953, and they resided in Laurel. “Speed” as he was known, started work with the Northern Pacific Railroad in 1953. He retired after 47 years of Railroad Service. Franklin raised cattle, farmed, logged timber, and loved to hunt and fish. He extended a helping hand whenever asked. His house was always open to friends and family. The coffee pot was always on. He was a Jack of all trades and if he didn’t know how to do something he would research and read a book until the task was completed right.

Together they have three daughters: Kyla (Tink) Branstetter of Virginia City, Tina (Edward) Shipp of Laurel, and Dana (Wayne) Fohl of Azle, Texas; seven grandchildren: Jeff (Carly) Shipp, Teri Shipp, Joshua (Jessica) Blaylock, Jesse (Cara) Blaylock, Cole (Kelly) Ronan, Carah (Zach) Ronan Dieder, and Calli Ann (Jerrimy) Farris; nine great-grandchildren; brother: Ralph (Norie) Rowland of Sheridan, Wyoming; sisters: Shirley (Bill) Davis of Cody, Evelyn Sturtz of Sheridan, and Alice (George) Baker of Decker; inlaws: Kenneth (Sandy) Milligan Joliet, and Mary (Butch) Branstetter, Laurel, and nine other brothers and sisters-in-law.

Franklin was preceded in death by his parents and seven siblings, sisters: Betty Holmes of Hamilton, Mary Marie Considine of Broadus, Helen Wedel of Livingston, and Eva Rowland of Lame Deer; brothers: Robert and Richard of Lame Deer, and Mickey of Seeley Lake.

An extended thank you for Dr Duvall and the Billings Clinic Hospital for their kindness and care.

Franklin choose cremation as his wish. A Memorial in his honor, a celebration of life, will be held at a later date.

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