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July 18, 2019

Willard Meland, 95 of Belleville, died July 14, 2019, at Heartsong Assisted Living in Belleville. He was born December 20, 1923, to Lawrence and Anna (Mitmoen) Meland of rural Belleville. He was one of 14 children.

He graduated from New Glarus High School. On June 16, 1946, he married Valaria Christen of Belleville. She survives. Also surviving are a son, David of Sheboygan; and a daughter, Ann (Alton) Davis of Pekin, IL; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Shirley Disch of New Glarus.

He was preceded in death by his parents; 12 siblings; and a son.

He was a life-long member of Primrose Lutheran Church and he farmed in the Belleville area his entire life.

A memorial service will be held at Primrose East Cemetery at 10:00 a.m., on Friday July 19, 2019.

Memorial contributions may be made to Primrose Lutheran Church.

The Becker-Beal Funeral Home of Belleville is assisting the family.

An online memorial with guestbook is available at


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