David Charles Froiland, age 85, of Iron River, WI, died Wednesday, July 25, 2012. He passed away at the Ashland Health and Rehab Center after an extended battle with Alzheimer's disease. David was born March 22, 1927 in Minneapolis, MN the son of Gerhard and Ruth (Bergeland) Froiland.
He graduated from Bellingham HS in 1945 and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. In 1949, he came home and enrolled at Augsburg College, met Mary Louise Johnson there and they married July 3, 1950. David returned to active duty in Korea from 1950-1951 and then went back to college; graduating from Augsburg in 1954. He became a social studies teacher and basketball coach in Floodwood, Hector, back to Floodwood (as a principal, which he did not enjoy), Shakopee, St. Louis Park and Cottage Grove, before retiring in 1982 and moving to Iron River, WI. David had many interests and activities: officiating football, basketball and baseball, coaching his own children in various sports, church choir and teaching drivers’ education and behind the wheel for Bayfield and Washburn counties. He also became a lay pastor, serving Faith Lutheran in Mason, WI and as chaplain at Ashland Hospital. He was a member of both the American Legion and VFW posts wherever he lived.
David was preceded in death by his parents, son, Mark David and sister, Geraldine (Gregory). He is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Mary Louise; children: Lyn (Brad Olson), Dawn (Jeff Book), Kim Wallstein (Gary), Faith Hagberg (Charles Hagberg) and Paul; eleven grandchildren and one great-daughter. Grandchildren and their activities as they grew were a source of great joy to David. He also leaves behind sister, Gwen Welckle.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, August 12, 2012 at 2:00 PM at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 311 West 13th Street in Ashland, WI with visitation one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will be at 10:00 AM on Monday, August 13, 2012 at Mt Hope Cemetery in the veterans' section outside of Ashland. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or a charity of choice is preferred. “march to the beat of a different drummer" based on the writings of H.D. Thoreau Semper Fi (always faithful)