Paul E. Roseland, 90, passed away in Green Valley, AZ on March 21, 2019 after a 20-year battle with Parkinson's Disease. Paul was born in Newfolden, MN on July 15, 1928 to Arne and Selma (Sjoquist) Roseland.
Paul was sent to Alaska in 1948, a guest of the U.S. Army. Paul loved Alaska and remained there for 70 years. He filed on his 160-acre homestead in Portage, AK in 1973, and through the years built 20 cabins. This was his special place on earth, sharing it with family and friends.
A love of music took Paul many places. Known as Alaska's Singing Sourdough, Paul was awarded the American - Norwegian Heritage Award and performed 5 concerts in Norway. Singing for King Olaf of Norway in Seattle was one of his special memories. He performed at the Alaska Folk Festivals both in Anchorage and Juneau for many years. Collections of old Alaskan songs, gold rush songs, logging songs and cowboy songs were recorded by Paul and made into albums. He was recognized by the city of Anchorage by naming April 18, 2015 as "Paul Roseland Day" for his contribution in preserving the history of Alaskan music. The State of Alaska also recognized him as a preserver of Alaskan folk music.
Being a life member of Sons of Norway and Pioneers of Alaska was very special to him. He served as president in both organizations as well as other positions on their boards. Paul was also a past member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Anchorage and then became a member of Desert Hills Lutheran Church in Green Valley, AZ.
Paul was preceded in death by his sister and brother-in-law, Allie and Art Waldron; brother and sister-in-law, Lloyd and Elaine Roseland; brothers, John and Jerome Roseland; his son Arne Roseland and daughter Teresa Roseland Hendrikson; and brother-in-law, Gordon Bondy.
Surviving Paul is Diann Sewald, his life's partner; twin sister, Pauline Bondy, Grand Forks, ND; son, Ronald (Jennifer) Roseland, Beaverton, OR; daughter Lori (Danny) Newquist, Crookston, MN; daughter-in-law Jackie Roseland, Crookston, MN; son-in-law, Miles Hendrickson, Bagley, MN; sister-in-law, Darlene Roseland, Newfolden, MN; 9 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Burial of ashes will be at his family home church, Bethleham of New Solum, Newfolden, MN, where he was baptized and confirmed and Anchorage, AK this summer.