By The Mercury

Francis “Toad” Harland, 91, of Marysville, and formerly of Frankfort, died Wednesday at Cambridge Place in Marysville.

A funeral service was held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, at the First Presbyterian Church in Frankfort. The Rev. Marilyn Sweet and Gary Phillips officiated.

Burial was in the Frankfort City Cemetery.

The family provided some of the following information.

Toad was born on June 12, 1922, in Frankfort, to Earl Francis and Sara Fern (Rice) Harland, Sr. After high school he entered the U.S. Navy and was a fighter pilot during WWII. After his honorable discharge he returned to Frankfort and became a respected farmer and stockman.

On Feb. 28, 1945, he married Rosemary Ryan in Los Angeles, Calif. They celebrated over 50 years of marriage before she preceded him in death on Feb. 26, 2000.

On April 28, 2001, he married Marjorie Mayer at the United Methodist Church in Marysville. She survives.

Toad was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Frankfort, where he served as an elder. He was also a member of Lions Club, Rotary Club, Masonic Lodge #67, NEMAR Shrine Club, and a 60-plus-year member of the American Legion.

He was active in the community, serving on the Farm Bureau Board, Frankfort School Board and Beattie Farmers Union Co-op Board.

Toad enjoyed gardening, traveling, K-State football and spending time with his family, children and grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Suzanne Harland in 1964; granddaughter, Kristy Gunn; and sisters, Virginia Rickson and Mary Kems.

Survivors include his wife, Marjorie; daughters, Christine (Mark) Studer of Seneca, and Deborah Gunn of Blue Rapids; five stepchildren, Linda (Ron) Highland of Wamego, Donald Mayer of Wichita, David (Susi) Mayer and Lynn (Jerri) Mayer of Marysville, and Kent (Becky) Mayer of Des Moines, Iowa; sister, Dorothy Watkins of Wichita; six grandchildren; 12 step grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and five step great-grandchildren.

A memorial fund has been established to the First Presbyterian Church. Contributions may be sent in care of Padden Funeral Chapel, Frankfort.

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