Monday, March 12, 2012

Former Barnard Mayor, Neil Edwin Maholland Passes Away

Neil Edwin Maholland, 83, formerly of Barnard, passed away Friday, March 9, 2012.  He was born July 18, 1928, in Ada to Ralph E. and Sarah (Van Meter) Maholland. 

Neil attended Milo, Ada, and Spring Creek schools and Coffeyville Junior College.  he worked as a construction contractor and then as the county engineer for Lincoln County.  Neil served as mayor of Barnard for years and enjoyed his work to improve the city.  One of his greatest accomplishments was his part in getting the community building built in Barnard.  Neil was a longtime member of Barnard Lions Club.

Neil married Marjorie Cozad on July 18, 1948.  They lived 54 of their 59 years together in Barnard, which they always considered their home.

Neil was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Marjorie, on June 22, 2008; his only sister, Betty Keating; and his great-grandson, Eli Eckman.

Survivors include his three sons, Terry Maholland and wife Della, of Ozark, Mo., Jeffrey Maholland and wife Sandy, of Salina, and Randy Maholland and wife Karen, of Salina; his daughter, Melody Witte, of Topeka; 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Sunday, March 11, at Wilson Family Funeral Home, Minneapolis, where the family will receive friends from 5-7.  Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Barnard United Methodist Church, with Pastor Kaye Metzler officiating.  Burial will be in Milo Cemetery, Barnard.  Memorials may be made to Barnard Lions Club.

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