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Gailand Henrichsen

August 20, 1947 — February 9, 2022

Gailand Henrichsen, 74, of Webster, SD, passed away on Wednesday, February 9, 2022, at Avera St. Luke’s Hospital in Aberdeen, SD.

Memorial Services will be 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, February 15, 2022, at Butler Lutheran Church near Butler, SD and will be livestreamed on Fiksdal Funeral Service Facebook page. 

Memorial visitation will be 5-7 P.M. Monday, February 14, 2022 at Fiksdal Funeral Service.


Gailand Nathan Henrichsen was born on August 20, 1947, to Nathan and Viola (Busch) Henrichsen at Peabody Hospital in Webster, South Dakota. He was baptized and confirmed at Butler Lutheran Church in Butler, South Dakota. He attended school at Bristol and graduated from Bristol High School in 1965. After his education he attended State School of Science in Wahpeton, North Dakota and graduated in 1967.

He was united in marriage to Deborah Susan Knutson at Lily Lutheran Church in October 1967. The couple made their home in Lemon, South Dakota where Gailand worked on road construction. In the fall of 1967, they moved back to Webster where he worked driving truck. The couple had one son, Cameron. His dream of being a full-time cowboy started in 1978 when the family moved to Kansas as a feedlot cowboy. He also spent some time in Wyoming where he worked as a ranch cowboy. The family moved back to his family farm south of Bristol where they lived for 40 years before moving to Webster in 2016.

Gailand was a lifelong member of the Butler Lutheran Church. He loved attending rodeos, fishing, and hunting, spending time at Enemy Swim Lake, and he enjoyed shooting and working on old guns.  

Gailand passed away at Avera St. Luke’s Hospital in Aberdeen on February 9, 2022, at the age of 74 years, 5 months, and 20 days, after a long battle with cancer.

He will be deeply missed by his wife, Debbie Henrichsen of Webster, SD, one son, Cameron (Kate) Henrichsen of Worland, WY, sister-in-law Cindy VanMeter of St. Croix Falls, WI, and brother-in-law Randy (Marlene) Knutson of Clark, SD, two step-grandchildren, one niece and three nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents.

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Service Schedule

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Monday, February 14, 2022

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Fiksdal Funeral Service

122 W 5th Ave, Webster, SD 57274

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Tuesday, February 15, 2022

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