NAME: Poland, Walter Eugene (m. Hilda Marie Thompson)
OBIT: (d. 8 Oct 1964) Tama County, Iowa
SERVICES HELD MONDAY FOR WALTER POLAND, 68
Walter Poland, 68, life long resident of Gladbrook, passed away quietly in his sleep at the Veteran's Hospital in Iowa City about 1 a.m. Thursday morning, where he had been a patient for the past two weeks. Although he hadn't been feeling well lately it was only recently that he was unable to be up and about.
Mr. Poland was the son of the late Eugene and Emma Poland and was born April 3, 1896. He was raised in Gladbrook, where he attended the public school. His mother passed away when he was a small boy.
When he was 21 years old on April 3rd, 1917, he enlisted in World War I, trained in Califoria and was sent overseas, where he stayed until the end of the war.
On April 21, 1921, he was united in marriage to Hilda Thompson at the home of her parents in Toledo. They were the parents of four sons, Lloyd Eugene of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Clifford Merle of Rockwell, Walter Richard of Clarksville, and Lawrence Hilton, who passed away when he was five months old.
He is survived by his wife, three sons, a brother, Harold Poland of Gladbrook; one sister, Mrs. Harold (Mae) Long of Los Angeles, Calif., his step-mother, Mrs. Mary Poland, one half-sister, Mrs. Willard (Gene Marie) Hagen of Grinnell, and two half-brothers, Denman of Akron and Wellwyn of Reinbeck, and eleven grandchildren. He was preceeded in death by his mother, father, his son, Lawrence Hilton, a sister, Mrs. Flossie Martin of Traer, a brother in infancy and a brother, Roy, who died last February in California.
As a small boy he worked on farms and after his marriage he was employed on the railroad, for the Standard Oil Co. and the Midwest Lumber Co. He was a printer and paper hanger by trade, which he followed until retirement a few years ago.
Mr. Poland was a member of the Evangelical United Brethren Church and the American Legion.
Funeral services were held Monday, October 12th at 1:30 p.m. at the Goettsch-Perrin Funeral Home in Gladbrook with Rev. W.F.Ellerbeck in charge. Interment was in the Crystal Cemetery southeast of Gladbrook with military rites conducted by the Ehrig-McTurk Legion Post.