Dolvin “Dolly” Miland, 89, Belmond, died Oct. 31, 2019 at Iowa Specialty Hospital - Belmond. Services will be held Saturday, Nov. 9 at 1:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church. Visitation will be Friday from 5-7 p.m. at Ewing Funeral Home and will continue one hour prior to service at the church.
Dolvin Vance was born Nov. 15, 1929 on a farm outside of Ostrander, MN to Gunvick and S. Marie (Sterling) Miland. He graduated from Grand Meadow High School in 1947.
Dolvin married Donna Dirks on Aug. 15, 1953 at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin, MN. The couple was blessed with three children. They made their home in Goodell, moving to Belmond in 1998.
Dolvin worked for the United States Postal Service for many years: as postmaster in Goodell for 13 years, followed by 15 years as postmaster in Thornton, retiring in 1992. His retirement was short-lived, as he began working in security at Eaton Corporation in January 1993 until his retirement at age 77 on May 1, 2007.
In the earlier years of their marriage, Dolvin and Donna enjoyed camping with family and friends. He also enjoyed tinkering in the garage, working on cars and John Deere garden tractors, which he would refurbish and sell.
Dolvin was a long-time member of Trinity Lutheran Church. He will be lovingly remembered for his incredible work ethic, his quick-witted and fun-spirited sense of humor, and for playfully teasing his friends and family.
Dolvin was preceded in death by a daughter born silently; sisters Veranese, Adeline and Gwenlyn; and brother Larry.
Dolvin is survived by his wife Donna of Belmond; children Greg (Nona) Miland of Belmond, Darla (Ron) Olson of LuVerne, and Lynn Miland of Belmond; grandchildren Heather (Micah) Peterson of Grand Meadow, MN, Amanda (Jerad) Barker of Lakeville, MN, Abbie (Josh) Grimm of Bancroft, Scott (Meerim) Miland of Duluth, MN and Jon Olson of LuVerne; great-grandchildren Talon and Kaden Grimm, Alyssa Peterson, Callen and Dominic Barker, and Aliya Miland.