You know I’ll never leave you, even when I’m far away. In moments when the words stop and your breath gets in the way. I will softly say I love you, barely louder than the breeze, so I hope you gently listen to my voice between the trees. You know I’ll always ride here even when my ridings done.

Roland Lander, 77, of Viroqua passed away Monday, Oct. 13, 2017, at Sannes Nursing Home in Soldiers Grove.

He is survived by his loving wife, Doris; two children, Christina and Arthur; one brother, Fred; four loving grandchildren, Jordan (John) McGuire, Keasha (Tray) Speidel, Tyler Roland Lander, Cameron Lander; and two beautiful great-granddaughters, Neveah and Tinnly Speidel.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and two sisters.

He was a accomplished horsemen in the Chicago area, and a Huntmaster of the Wayne-DuPage Hunt. His love of horses trickled down to his children and granddaughter, Keasha, with his beautiful daughter being a riding instructor for young children for many years. He cherished the beautiful coulee region. He was a past president of the Kickapoo School Board, Co-Founder of the Viola Farmer and Merchants Organization, Past-Chairman of the Viola Development Board. He was also an early supporter of the VMH Hospice Program.

A celebration of Roland’s life will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, at The Rooted Spoon in downtown Viroqua. The family suggests memorials to the Vernon Memorial Hospice Foundation. Online condolences may be left at www.thorsonfuneralhome.com.

The Thorson Funeral Home of Viroqua is proudly serving the family of Roland Lander.

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