Kenneth L. Okland (Kenny), of Wickenburg, Ariz., formerly of Watford City, N.D., and Moorcroft, Wyo., passed away peacefully on Feb. 17, 2018, with his loved ones by his side. Kenny was born in Watford City, N.D., on Sept. 29, 1942 to Thomas Okland and Dorothy (Veeder-Okland) Lawlar.
He attended a one-room country school for the first eight years of his formal education and went on to graduate from Watford City High School in 1960.
Kenny volunteered for the Draft and was inducted into the United States Army on Feb. 8, 1962. He was trained as a Military Policeman and was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., Fort Benning, Ga., and Fort Bragg, N.C. He was released from Active Duty on Feb. 7, 1964. Upon his return to McKenzie County, he worked in various capacities in the oil industry, farming, ranching, and oilfield construction. He was also the owner/operator of Rafter K Quarter Horses, along with his wife, Gloria (Hedstrom-Gordon), whom he married on May 23, 1980.
Kenny was a generous man who loved horses and all things rodeo. He rodeoed for many years and was so passionate about rodeo and all it involved. He could be counted upon to be up to date on all the current “standings.” Kenny also loved to sing and to read, especially non-fiction war novels. He took great pride in his work and was considered an expert blade operator. He was proud of his military service and was a Life Member of the American Legion.
Kenny was preceded in death by his father, mother, stepfather, (Nolan E. Lawlar); two brothers, Thomas E. Okland and Clayton N. Okland.
He is survived by his wife, Gloria, Wickenburg, Ariz.; daughter, Syree (Greg) Gibbs, Indio, Calif.; granddaughter, Taylor Wollan, Indio, Cali.; sister, Marge Reed, Moorcroft, Wyo.; brother, Doug Okland, Missoula, Mont.; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and grand nieces and grand nephews.
Cremation has taken place and in honor of his wishes, there will be no funeral services. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.