Roland Stanley Pederson

Sunday, February 28, 2021
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Roland Stanley Pederson went to be with the Lord on Feb. 22, 2021 after a long battle with cancer.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, March 1, 2021 at First Baptist Church in Circle with Pastor Eddie Smith officiating. Interment will follow in Riverview Cemetery in Circle. Silha Funeral Home of Glendive has been entrusted with the arrangements.

78 years ago, Roland was born Nov. 28, 1942 in Wolf Point to Andree and Esther (Stensrud) Pederson. Esther passed away shortly after his birth and he then went to live with Cora and Clinton Flaten. After a short period, he stayed with the McCormick family until he was the around the age of four. He went home with his father and brothers for the rest of his childhood. He started his schooling at High Land Country School. He attended and graduated from Circle High School in 1961. He married Gwynneth Buell at the age of 17. He fathered four children: Russell, Merri, Guy and Garrett. They divorced and he fell in love with Mari Hinnaland who he married on Jan. 31, 1987. They were happily married until his passing. He was a loving man who raised and cared for Mari’s son Cody and granddaughter Kylie. He was a reliable, honest man with a sharp and unique sense of humor. Roland was an avid pilot and instructor who taught many people in the community to fly. He had an insatiable passion for all things aviation. He was a skilled carpenter and an exceptional mechanic who could repair any vehicle or equipment that failed him. He farmed in McCone County until the late 90’s. Mari and he moved to Glendive in 1993 where they have lived ever since. He started driving truck in the oil field in 2007 until around 2015 when his health began to decline. A caring father, husband and trusted friend.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Andree and Esther Pederson; his step-mother, Margaret Wiken Pederson; his brother, Jerome Pederson; and his son, Russell Duane Pederson.

He is survived by his wife, Mari; his children, Merri (Roy) Clifton, Guy (Victoria) Pederson, and Garrett (Amy) Pederson; step-son, Cody Youngkin; daughter-in-law, Paula Pederson; his brothers, Wallis (Joan) Pederson and Russell B. (Velma) Pederson; 17 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Roland touched many people throughout his life and will be greatly missed. His memory will live on in the hearts of his family and friends.

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