Franklin D. Rowland, a Native Montanan, was taken from this earth on Feb. 13, 2021. The 7th of 12 siblings born to Richelieu (Mickey) Rowland and Mary Ann (Schreibeis) Rowland May 30, 1933 on Muddy Creek in Lame Deer, Montana.
He married Juanita Kuper on July 3, 1953 and made their permanent home in Laurel, Montana. 'Speed' as he was known, started work on the Northern Pacific Railroad in 1953 and retired after 47 years of Railroad Service. He farmed, raised cattle, logged timber, and loved to hunt and fish. He was always willing to lend a helping hand. His home was always open to family and friends the coffee pot was always on. He was a Jack of all trades and would read and research a task until it was done right.
Together Nita and Frank had three daughters. Kyla (Tink) Branstetter of Virginia City, Tina (Edward) Shipp of Laurel, and Dana (Wayne) Fohl of Azle, Texas. Grandchildren: Jeff (Carly) Shipp, Teri Shipp, Joshua (Jessica) Blaylock, Jesse (Cara) Blaylock, Cole (Kelly) Ronan, Carah (Zach) Ronan Dieder, Calli (Jerrimy) Farris, and ten great-grandchildren. Brother: Ralph (Norie) Rowland Sheridan, Wyo.; Sisters: Shirley (Bill) Davis Cody Wyo., Evelyn Sturtz of Sheridan, Wyo. and Alice (George) Baker of Decker, MT.
Preceding him in death were his parents and seven siblings: Brothers: Robert and Richard of Lame Deer, Mickey of Seeley Lake. Sisters: Betty Holmes of Hamilton, Mary Marie Considine of Broadus, Helen Wedel of Livingston, and Eva Rowland of Lame Deer. Extended appreciation to Dr. Duvall and the Billings Clinic Hospital for their kindness. Franklin chose cremation, and a celebration of life is to be held at a later date.