Harland Thomas Stroud

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July 12, 1925 - October 9, 2019
Born in Marble Rock, IA
Resided in O'Fallon, MO

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Harland Thomas Stroud, of O Fallon, MO, passed away Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at the age of 94. Loving husband of the late Loretta Stroud, and beloved husband of Blanche Stroud; cherished son of the late Vernon and Mable Stroud; devoted father of H. Mike (Linda) Stroud, Nick (Sandy) Stroud, Vickie Kersting, and Terry (Rita) Stroud; step-father of Kathy (Mel) Burkemper, Peggy (Chuck) Bauer, Joseph (Chris) Wooldridge, Edward (Jayne) Wooldridge, Ginny (Jeff) Tiller and Kenny Wooldridge; loving grandfather of seven; treasured great-grandfather of twelve; dear brother of Madelyn Bussinger, and preceded in death by his sister Betty, and brother Dean.

Harland proudly and honorably served in the United States Navy during World War II. Harland served as Postmaster of O’Fallon, Missouri for 30 years. During his lifetime he was a member of several organizations in the O’Fallon area, such as O’Fallon Civic Club, Assumption Men’s Sodality, O’Fallon Volunteer Fire Department, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5077, O’Fallon Kiwanis Club; National Association of Postmaster of United States and National Association of Retired Federal Employees. He held various offices in some of those organizations, having been Commander of the V.F.W. Post 5077; President of the O’Fallon Volunteer Firemen; first Budget Officer of the O’Fallon Fire Protection District; former City Clerk of O’Fallon and President of the Society of St. Vincent De Paul of Assumption Church.

Harland was a much beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and friend to many. He was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Memorial contributions may be made in Harland’s honor to SSM Hospice.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Joan (Ell) Cotton October 10, 2019 at 7:16 pm - Reply

    candle 3My very deep heartfelt sympathy for your loss. What a truly wonderful man. His hands touched many lives. Prayers & thoughts to each & every one of you.

  2. howard burkemper October 10, 2019 at 7:51 pm - Reply

    Terry, I am sorry to hear of your dad’s passing

    • Anita Blount October 14, 2019 at 11:34 pm - Reply

      candle 1Dear Mike & Linda, Nick & Sandy, Vickie, Terry & Rita, Mickey and Kenny,

      It’s with great sympathy I write to you. Your dad and husband was a very special and kind man, as well as sweet uncle. I have such great memories as a kid when our parents frequently played various card games sitting around your kitchen table in the house on Main St. Must admit they’d get loud and rowdy at times; they sure had fun. So many good memories; in thinking back, seems Uncle Harland, and your mom, had nicknames for the three Luetkenhaus kids, who were always in tow, I was Neetz to them. Happy memories of simpler times.

      As an adult I’ve enjoyed all my visits and easy chats with Uncle Harland and Mickey at their house during my travels from Phoenix. During a recent visit I loved how proud he was of his military service to our Country during WWII, as he certainly should have been. His mind was so sharp as he shared vivid memories of thst time period. We’ve now lost another very loyal and selfless veteran from the greatest generation, Uncle Harland.

      As the minutes, days, months and years go by, remain open to an unidentified cool breeze, maybe a bird or butterfly, that appears regularly. It may be Uncle Harland visiting you. I truly believe that when we think of those who have passed, it is at that moment they are with you, maybe in the form of one of God’s creations, or maybe not.

      May God bless you all during this difficult time.

      In loving memory of Uncle Harland,

  3. Jan D. Griesenauer-Gardiner October 10, 2019 at 8:36 pm - Reply

    candle 8Uncle Harland was quite a man. He lived a wonderful life. In O’Fallon as Postmaster, before that in Navy. He kept in touch with me in California. He and Vickie shared my dad BJ(Dick)Griesenauer’s Family History. I remember one of the last time I was in Missouri. My family Alice, Dad, Jay, Jeri and myself barbecuing in Loretta and Harland’s backyard. Harland held so many philanthropic positions in his retirement. Proud to know Harland Stroud.

  4. Cheryl Stroud October 11, 2019 at 12:02 am - Reply

    candle 1So blessed to have known this wonderful man! You will be greatly missed and forever loved Grandpa Harland!

  5. Dan O'Connor October 11, 2019 at 10:04 am - Reply

    candle 2Nick & Sandy,

    We’re so sorry that this happened. Our prayers are with you and the family.

    Carol & Dan O’Connor

  6. Paul and Patty Marshall October 11, 2019 at 5:39 pm - Reply

    candle 1Harland has been our next door neighbor for the last 15 years and always extended his warm and welcoming heart to us and all our neighbors. As our Lord Jesus tells us to “Love our Neighbor as we love ourselves”, Harland, Micki and Kenny certainly know how to do this and our lives have been extremely blessed and enriched by knowing him and all the love and affirmation he freely gave! We send our deepest sympathy, prayers and heartfelt love to all his family!

  7. Nancy Fischer October 11, 2019 at 9:38 pm - Reply

    Harland was one of the “legends” in O’Fallon ! A wonderful man that was always there to help! When I was growing up in O’Fallon, he was Mr. Stroud. Years later when we were part of Kiwanis, he was Harland, a friend! How our lives revolve, Rest In Peace by friend🙏🏻

  8. Sue Bennett October 13, 2019 at 8:51 am - Reply

    candle 3In 1980 Harland hired me to be a Rural Carrier. He was a good postmaster.I have thanked him, I loved the job. So sorry Mickie I know you will miss him. Sue Bennett

  9. Paul and Vicky Wilmes October 14, 2019 at 2:06 pm - Reply

    candle 4Love and prayers to your family

  10. Elizabeth Okenfuss October 14, 2019 at 2:11 pm - Reply

    So sorry for your loss. May God bring peace and comfort.

  11. Andrea Davis October 14, 2019 at 2:44 pm - Reply

    candle 7So sorry, Vickie and family. I have known Harland through Vickie’s stories for the last 30 plus years. Your loss is great but he is not in pain and in a wonderful place. Rest In Peace and keep Vickie and her kids and grandkids in your prayers

  12. Constance Hutcherson October 14, 2019 at 3:24 pm - Reply

    candle 8Sending prayers and love to you all. ❤️ Connie, Rick, Kiah, Cheryl and Ron. ❤️

  13. Marcy Bizelli October 14, 2019 at 6:09 pm - Reply

    candle 7We are so sincerely sorry to hear of Harlands passing our hearts go out to you with deepest sympathy and sincere condolences. We cherish the memories we have made and hope that comfort can come from those… we love you all dearly and are always nearby , we send our love hugs and prayers… RIP Harland , in loving arms you are ❤️ Much Love & Comfort…The Bizelli Family

  14. Bob and Jane Mueller October 14, 2019 at 6:13 pm - Reply

    Please accept our sympathy at this difficult time. Harland was such a gentleman with an easy smile. We always enjoyed seeing him at the KC fish fries. We still laugh thinking about Harland borrowing Kenny $20 so he could pay for his meal and a friends. Kenny handed the change back to Harland and said he paid him back. We all had a laugh with him.

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