Earl Land Obituary (2021) – Xenia, OH

XENIA – Earl C. Land, Jr., 77, from Xenia, passed away on Monday, November 15, 2021 at Kettering Medical Center. He was born on February 20, 1944 in Cincinnati, the son of the late Earl C. Land, Sr. and Ruby (Riddle) Heger. Above all, Earl was a Christian who loved and served his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, most of his life. Earl served his country during Vietnam in the US Army and then joined the US Air Force; and followed with a job as a machinist with General Motors, retiring in 1999 after 32 years of service. Earl was an active member of his church, Daysprings Ministries, where he was an usher. He also spent many years in Freemasonry as a member of the Michael L. Finnell Lodge No. 711 F&AM, holding all leadership positions in the Lodge and was a recipient of the Knights of Honor Cross. York. Earl has also been active in youth programs including the Order of DeMolay where he received the Legion of Honor award, served as a Rainbow Advisor and in leadership / mentor roles with the Boy Scouts of America and the Royal Rangers. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Charles Land; and two sisters, Patricia Biggs and Carol Duffy. Survivors include his 53-year-old wife, Donna; two children, Apryl Taylor of Xenia, Joshua (Arina) Land of Sugarcreek Twp .; five grandchildren, Madeleine, Lucia, Juliana, Aribelle, Elizabeth; niece / daughter, Rosa (Levi) Hock; one sister, Rebecca Pape; two brothers, Paul Land, Pete Land; as well as many nieces, nephews, other extended family members and many friends. Services will be held on Monday, November 22, 2021 at AHOP (A House of Prayer) Church, 282 Stelton Rd., Xenia, beginning with a noon Masonic service followed by a funeral service chaired by Pastor Ken Day. The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until the start of services. Interment with military honors will follow at Valleyview Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions, if desired, can be made to Ministries at Daysprings, 3182 Rodenbeck Dr., Beavercreek, OH 45432. Arrangements supported by Belton-Stroup Funeral Home, Fairborn. Condolences can be presented to the family at www.BeltonStroup.com.

Posted by Greene County Dailies November 19-20, 2021.

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