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Deaths Dr. Robert Oursland

Dr. Robert Oursland, of Phoenix, AZ, formerly of Wakonda, died on Sunday, Oct. 25, 1998 at Maryvale Hospital Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ. Robert was born Sept. 16, 1932 in Volin, to parents Regina Ray Oursland and Jewell Oursland.

He attended The University of South Dakota and obtained a bachelor of arts degree and attended medical school for two years at The University of South Dakota before transferring to Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, TX, where he received his medical degree in 1957.

He interned at St. Joseph's Hospital in Wichita, KS, and San Diego County Hospital. He went into private practice in Lemon Grove, CA, for one year before returning to Phoenix to engage in his surgical residency at Maricopa County Hospital.

In 1964, Dr. Oursland started his own general surgery practice with the help and guidance of his sister Delores Alonso, R.N. This brother, sister combination ran a medical practice for over 30 years until his recent demise. These two individuals ran a medical practice that saved countless lives over this period of time. Their dedication to their patients made an incredible impact on the population of the Valley from north to south and east to west.

This dedication went well beyond the call of an ordinary surgeon. He would get up at all hours of the day and night, when no other doctor would to help save lives. It didn't matter whether they had insurance or the ability to pay, he helped people when they needed it most. This was the type of man Dr. Robert Oursland was.

He was also a family man. Although no one is perfect in this world and everyone wished we could have done better, he always strived to support his family both financially and emotionally so that they could have a better life than he had growing up in the depression of South Dakota.

Dr. Oursland was a man who always did his best with the people he interacted with both professionally and personally and will be a man who is truly missed by all the people who knew him.

He is survived by his wife Elaine Oursland, and his children Peggy Ann, Robert, Jr. Chris and Joseph. Also, three sisters: Delores Alonso, of Phoenix, Joyce Lundquist of Beresford, and Mary Anne Poe of Staten Island, NY; one brother, John of Santa Monica, CA; one special nephew, James Scott Walker of Phoenix; three aunts and uncles and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Alan Jewell Oursland. Funeral was held Friday, Oct. 30, 1998 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Phoenix, AZ. Wake was held at 6 p.m. on Oct. 29, at the A L Moore Grimshaw Mortuary Sunnyslope Chapel, Phoenix.

Graveside services were held at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, rural Vermillion on Monday, November 2. Visitation was from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1 at Hanson Funeral Home, Irene.

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