Harold E. Watland

Harold E. Watland

MT. HOREB/WARRENS- Harold E. Watland, age 88, of Mt. Horeb, Wis. (formerly of Warrens, Wis.), died peacefully in a Madison hospital Saturday, Oct, 25, 2014.

He was under care for complications resulting from a long-time condition of hypertension.

Harold was born June 27, 1926, in Madison, to Edward and Genevieve (Larson) Watland, who preceded him in death. He attended Madison East High School where he returned to graduate after a brief military service during World War ll. Harold loved the outdoors, wildlife and nature, classic movies and radio programs as well as spending many hours enjoying televised football, basketball and baseball games. He collected books and amassed a large library of reading on topics such as sports and Hollywood films of yesteryear. He donated a large segment of that library when he left his home in Warrens.

Harold retired from employment at MATC but previously worked in Milwaukee for K&E as a service technician until the company closed operations. He was also a trained florist as a young man and would work at a Madison florist shop during busy seasons among other varied occupations. Harold made many good friends in Madison and Milwaukee, enjoying golf, travel and good times, but Harold especially enjoyed his family. His cousin and best friend, Allen Larvick has been an important part of his life from childhood. With a relationship that was more akin to brotherhood, they spent many hours camping and canoeing in their younger years and later had adjoining wooded properties in Warrens. They chatted daily and looked out for each other until the end. Allen’s nephews and nieces embraced Harold as their uncle as well.

Harold is survived by his sister, Helen (Watland) Newton; cousin, Allen Larvick; nephews, Terry (Angie) Newton, Tom (Linda) Newton and David Newton (Jamie Malliet); great-nephews, Doug Newton, Steven Newton, Hayden Newton and Paul Newton; and great-nieces, Shalla Newton and Isabelle Malliet.

Harold will be greatly missed by all who knew him. His wit, charm and good nature was never lost, even in his time of greatest discomfort. Harold lived the golden rule and left his impression on everyone. He enjoyed life and cherished the promise of each new day.

Funeral services will be held at HOLY CROSS LUTHERAN CHURCH, 2670 Milwaukee St., Madison, 11 a.m., on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. Visitation will be held at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Saturday. A luncheon at the church will follow the service. In the spirit of Harold’s style, please feel free to join us in your favorite casual clothing. Flannel and denim are encouraged if you wish.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Mt. Horeb Senior Center or to a charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.

Gunderson East
Funeral & Cremation Care
5203 Monona Drive