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December 05th, 2019

john blandJohn William Bland, 88, died Saturday, July 20, 2019 in Beloit. 

He was born Sept. 29, 1930 to John William and Mabel Meachum (Buck) Bland in Springfield, Mo. 

He earned a Master’s of Divinity degree from Phillips University in Enid, Okla., a bachelor’s degree from Bethel College in Newton, and graduated from the Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Mo.  

He was a minister most of his adult life and was ordained by the United Methodist Church.  He served Baptist, Methodist, Christian, and Mennonite churches across Kansas and in Oklahoma and Colorado, including South Haven, Florence, Lincoln, Iuka, Byers, Cullison, Thornburg, Reamsville, Womer, Scandia, Norway, Cassoday, Burns, Hardtner, Hazelton, Ebenezer, Bushton, Tribune, Barnard, Ash Grove, Pittsburg, Lucas, and Salina in Kansas; Turpin in Oklahoma; and Towner in Colorado.

He served in the U.S. Marine Reserves.

Survivors include include his wife, Julia Ella (Bell) Bland; sons, Samuel Earl  Bland (Wendy), Gales Ferry, Conn., John Andrew Bland (Marcia), Tigard, Ore., Paul Duane Bland (Lendi), Americus, Mark William Bland (Melissa), Conway, Ark., and Charles Luke Bland (Rebecca), Claremore, Okla.; daughter, Mary Hunt (Donnie), Belle Plaine; 16 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren, with another one expected in September.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Kenneth Bland.

• Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 25, 2019 at Hall Chapel in Lincoln.

Burial will follow at the Lincoln City Cemetery in Lincoln.

Friends may call from 1 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at Hall Chapel in Lincoln, with family receiving friends 5 to 7 p.m.

Memorials are suggested to the Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary in Springfield, Mo. 

Services have been entrusted to Hall Funeral Home, Lincoln, KS. Online condolences may be left at

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