Keith A. Kulland

May 8, 1938-May 1, 2021

Keith A. Kulland, 82, of

Williston, ND, passed

away peacefully on Satur-

day May 1, 2021, at

Mountrail Bethel Home in

Stanley, ND. Springan-

Stevenson Funeral Home

of Stanley is assisting the

family. Friends may sign

the on-line register and

give their condolences at


son.com. Visitation will

be held at American Luth-

eran Church in Stanley,

ND on Saturday, May 8,

2021, from 12:00 PM until

service time. Funeral Ser-

vices will be held at

2:00PM on Saturday, May

8, 2021 (Which would

have been Keith’s

83rdbirthday), at Ameri-

can Lutheran Church in

Stanley, ND. Pastor David

Behm will officiate. Burial

with military honors will

follow in Johns Cemetery

near the Kulland farm in

Palermo, ND. A Memorial

and Celebration of Life

for Keith will be held at

Concordia Lutheran

Church in Williston, ND,

on May 7th at 7:00 pm,

with visitation to begin at

6:30 PM. A social gather-

ing will be held at Willis-

ton American Legion Post

#37 following the

Memorial Service on Fri-

day. The Funeral Service

will be broadcast, you can

view Keith’s service

directly on his obituary

page on our website


son.com. Due to Covid19,

we ask that everyone

adheres to local and state

requirements for social

distancing. Keith was

born May 8, 1938 at a

home near the Palda coal

mine, in Mountrail Coun-

ty to Alfred and Mildred

(Holstenson) Kulland.

Alma Eklund helped

deliver him. As a boy

Keith helped on the fami-

ly farm east of Belden,

ND, and was confirmed at

Bethany Lutheran Church

of rural Belden. He at-

tended high school in

Parshall, ND, then went

on to enlist in the United

States Air Force, where he

was stationed in Japan

and the Philippines. Upon

his return he worked at

North Dakota missile sites

in Langdon and Larimore

among other places, mar-

ried Ellen (Kellel) Kul-

land, and had two chil-

dren, Janice and Jason.

Keith was a longtime

resident of Williston ND,

and as a young man

worked in the oil patch

for Calvert, then Bomac

drilling companies. One

day in his late 30’s he

came home and an-

nounced, “I bought a

crane!” Keith then went

on to own Kulland Exca-

vating and Gravel Inc. for

25 years, and later started

a business of taking down

old granaries and grain

elevators in Northwest-

North Dakota and Eastern

Montana. For all who

knew Keith he was an ec-

centric, with many

dreams and ideas, and-

manyof which came true.

He was an inventor, mas-

ter mechanic, collector,

explorer, and best of all

storyteller. We used to

say, he never bought any-

thing that couldn’t be

fixed, and he had a love of

tinkering and fixing old

vehicles and machinery.

He was also instrumental

in the construction of the

American Legion Park lo-

cated southwest of Willis-

tonin the 1990’s. Keith

wore many hats. He was a

member of Toastmasters,

Williston Moose Lodge

#239, and the Vietnam

Veterans of America

Chapter #487 in New

Town, and was a lifetime

member of Williston

American Legion Post

#37 (Where was Post

Commander from

1983-85, and Legionnaire

of the Year in 2008),

Williston VFW Post

#12169, and Williston

Forty and Eight Voiture

Locale#360. Keith was

also well known for his

faithful portrayal of Gen.

George S. Patton. He and

his North Dakota Military

Police Association won

several awards in the

North Dakota State Fair

Parade. The highlight of

his Patton portrayal was

when he recited his

famous speech on the

Medora Burning Hills

Amphitheater stagein

2002. He was known to

many as, “The General”.

Keith was an avid military

history historian, and a

true patriot, but most of

all he loved life and cher-

ished his family and

friends. Keith is survived

by his children, Janice

Strande (Dave) of Grand

Forks, ND, and Jason Kul-

land of Langdon, ND,

grandchildren, Nathan

Strande (Meagan), of

Council Bluffs, IA, Erik

Strande (Kelsey) of Ver-

nal, UT, and Shaun

Strande (Jennifer) of

Grand Forks, ND, great

grandchildren, Keaton,

MaKenzie, Judd, and

Lucy, and one sister, Ani-

ta, of Mulvane, KS. He

was preceded in death by

his parents, and brothers,

Clark, Dean, and Darwin.