Richard G. Myrland

Born: Thursday, September 21, 1922
Passed: Monday, January 23, 2017

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Richard (Dick) Myrland, age 94, passed on Monday, January 23, 2017 in his home at Wesley Willows, Rockford, IL. Dick was born on September 21, 1922 in Albert Lea, MN, the son of Richard Sr. and Clara (Johnson) Myrland, moving to Rockford at age 6. Dick was a proud Rockford East High graduate in the class of 1941. He married Jacquelyn Anderson of Evanston in 1944, who preceded him in death in 2004 after 60 years of marriage.
After marriage, Dick worked in Chicago for ten years as a project engineer and photographer. In 1955, Dick moved to DeKalb, IL to accept a position with the Wurlitzer Company. During his career with the Wurlitzer Company, Dick served as a manager of manufacturing plants in Holly Springs, MS, Elkhart, IN, and N. Tonawanda, NY. He received promotions to Vice President and Corporate Design Consultant. Dick was privileged to design the famous Wurlitzer 1050 Juke Box, the last domestic Juke Box Wurlitzer built before going out of business. In his final years with Wurlitzer, he did research on off shore manufacturing, traveling to Germany, Central and South America. He finished his professional career with the General Electric Company.
During his lifetime, Dick was involved in scouting, becoming an advisor to an Explorer Post while living in Holly Springs, MS. Dick's hobbies were woodworking, photography, swimming and a passion for aviation. Dick was a master cabinetmaker, draftsman, artist and calligrapher. His final and most fulfilling project was designing and building an intricate/replica "working" dollhouse.
Dick is survived by his children and their spouses, Robert (Laura) Myrland of Memphis, John (Nancy) Myrland of Indianapolis, and Cynthia (Gerald) Kinsley of Loves Park. Grandchildren and their families; Lynn Green, Kristin (Tony) Dixon, Jenny (Jason) Magill, Kathryn (Steven) Linden, Kent (Marissa) Giardini, and Robert Myrland Jr.; Great grandchildren; Emma, Emelia, Natalya, Flynn, Coco, Preston and Adeline; sister, Dorothy Bonebreak; brother, Donald (Lillian) Myrland both of Rockford; and numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by brother, Dale.

Memorial service will be held Friday, February 3, 2017 at 11:00 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Rockford, IL with son John officiating. Visitation will be held from 9:30 a. m. until time of service in the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Wesley Willows Good Samaritan Fund, 4141 North Rockton Ave. Rockford, IL 61103, Boy Scouts of America, 2820 McFarland Rd. Rockford, IL 61107, or charity of choice.

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  1. Dan Del Fiorentino

    I was lucky to have interviewed Dick for the NAMM Oral History program back in 2003 about his many contributions to the Wurlitzer Music Company. He will be missed!

  2. Maybeth Anderson

    What a gift it was to know my Uncle Dick for 66 years. Love and peace to dear Cindy, John and Bob. Love, Maybeth

  3. Ted Anderson

    Blessings to Uncle Dick's children and grandchildren. He was an amazing man who left an incredible legacy.

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