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Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
Keith A. Kulland
May 8, 1938 - May 1, 2021

Place of Birth: Mountrail County, North Dakota
Residence: Williston, North Dakota
Age: 82



Keith Alfred Kulland, 82, of Williston, ND, passed away peacefully on Saturday May 1st, 2021, at Mountrail Bethel Home in Stanley.

Keith was born May 8, 1938 at a home near the Palda coal mine, in Mountrail County to Alfred and Mildred (Holstenson) Kulland. Alma Eklund helped deliver him. As a boy Keith helped on the family farm east of Belden, ND, and was confirmed at Bethany Lutheran Church of rural Belden. He attended 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, married Ellen (Kellel) Kulland, and had two children, Janice and Jason. Keith was a long time 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 announced, “I bought a crane!” Keith then went on to own Kulland Excavating 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 eccentric, with many dreams and ideas, and many of which came true. He was an inventor, master mechanic, collector, explorer, and best of all story teller. We used to say, he never bought anything 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 located southwest of Williston in 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 stage in 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 cherished his family and friends.

Keith is survived by his children, Janice Strande (Dave) of Grand Forks, ND, and Jason Kulland of Langdon, ND, grandchildren, Nathan Strande (Meagan), of Council Bluffs, IA, Erik Strande (Kelsey) of Vernal, UT, and Shaun Strande (Jennifer) of Grand Forks, ND, great grandchildren, Keaton, MaKenzie, Judd, and Lucy, and one sister, Anita, of Mulvane, KS. He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers, Clark, Dean, and Darwin.

Memorial Contribution
Vietnam Veterans of America
Byron Kulland Chapter 487
c/o David Hilleren, Tres.
PO Box 487
New Town, ND 58763-0583

Veterans of Foreign Wars
VFW Post 12169
Attn: Lisa
705 19th St. West
Williston, ND 58801

Concordia Lutheran Church
1805 Main St.
Williston, ND 588801

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Randy Westlie (Williston, ND)
May 2, 2021
Janice and family, so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. Prayers and warm thoughts to you all. Rest in peace soldier!!
Janice & Billy Greenlee (Berthold, North Dakota)
May 3, 2021
So sorry for your loss. I met Keith only once. He made quite an impression.
Jackie Dvorak (Fairdale, ND)
May 3, 2021
Jake and family,
So sorry to hear about Keith’s passing, thoughts and prayers to you all! Remember the great times you had over the years and take each day one at a time...
Jeanne Smith Knudsvig, Bonnie Smith
May 3, 2021
Our prayers & thoughts are with all of you! So sorry for your loss of Keith!
Sincere sympathy
Jeanne & Bonnie Smith
Jeff Keller (Williston, ND)
May 3, 2021
Keith was a good friend, we had many adventures together. I learned so much about military history and war vehicles from him and some has stuck with me. He was definitely a Patriot in every sense of the word. He did a lot for me and I am grateful. Rest in Peace My Friend you had a great run!
Janet Piepkorn Hayes (Emmett, Idaho)
May 6, 2021
So sad to hear that Keith has died. He was a dear friend for many years. Memories are the heart's way of keeping friends and family close.
Stan and Gale Sjol (Layton , Utah)
May 8, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. We have many fond memories of Keith. May he Rest In Peace.
Lyle Jones (SINGAPORE, --)
May 9, 2021
He was always a kid-as Frog says, the only 6yo who never wore out the knees on his pants. A good man Keith was. RIP buddy.
Stan and Gale Sjol (Layton , Utah)
May 9, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. We have many fond memories of Keith. May he Rest In Peace.
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