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Alfred Mayland April 19, 1927 – Nov. 23, 2016

Dec 2, 2016

Alfred Henry Mayland was born on April 19, 1927 in Titonka, the son of Henry and Augusta (Barenthin) Mayland. He attended school through the 8th grade and then began his lifelong love for farming.

Alfred enlisted in the Marines. He was stationed as a Military Police Officer in Inyokern and China Lake. He also served on the rescue and recovery team.

On Feb. 15, 1950, he was united in marriage to Donna Swearingen at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. The two of them moved near Armstrong to farm with his father. They lived in several communities including Dell, MN; Elmore, MN; Rake, IA; Thompson, IA; eventually moving back to Rake in their retirement. They also delivered motor homes for Winnebago all over the United States.

He was a man of many trades. He was not afraid to tackle anything. He farmed his whole life, worked for Kossuth ASCS, had a trucking and corn shelling business, bought the gas station in Rake, custom harvesting and worked at the elevator in Rake in the spring and fall during retirement.

Alfred had so much love for his wife and family. He had a calm demeanor and was known by some as the Gentle Giant. He always said “Don’t ever mistake kindness for weakness.”

Alfred died Wednesday at Timely Mission Nursing Home, Buffalo Center. He was 89.

He is survived by his son, Doug (Irene) Mayland of Estherville; grandchildren, Jordan (Lindsay) Mayland of Des Moines, Holly (Ryan) Ruter of Clear Lake and Maria Mayland of Buffalo Center; step-grandchildren, Ryan McMurtry of Estherville, Brandon McMurtry of Estherville and Matthew McMurtry of Buffalo Center; great-grandchildren, Bently and Kora Ruter; step-great-grandchild, Abigail McMurtry of Estherville; brothers-in-law, James (Bonnie) Swearingen of Emmons, MN, Dan (Kathy) Swearingen of Thompson, Bill (Diane) Swearingen of Thompson; sisters-in-law, Sharon (Jamie) Lamb of Scarville, Lavonne Swearingen or Kiester, MN; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death are his parents; wife, Donna; sisters, Clara Bishop and Marian Torgerson; brother, Wilbur Mayland and brother-in-law, Dennis Swearingen.