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Memorial Service: 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Location: Trinity Lutheran Church, 6807 Huntington Ave., Newport News

Robert Stanley “Mike” Piland, Jr., 90, passed away on June 14, 2022.  Mike was born in Newport News to R. Stanley Piland and Grace Lockhart Piland.  He was nicknamed “Mike” while in utero by his maternal grandfather. A graduate of Warwick High School, Mike attended the University of Richmond, served in the United States Air Force as a radio operator on a B-29, and in 1960, graduated from the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia.   He practiced architecture with Forrest Coile & Associates, P. C., and after retiring, contracted with Riverside Health System as an architect.  He loved the field of architecture and enjoyed sharing the stories behind the many buildings he designed.

Mike was a “people person,” with a witty sense of humor.  He was a faithful and caring friend, and the twinkle in his eye and his infectious smile endeared him to all who knew him. He loved to recount stories of his adventures while attending college as a veteran, living and working in Indonesia, and cruising to foreign countries.  He reveled in playing golf and gin rummy with his buddies at James River Country Club, where he was a permanent fixture at the card table in the basement on Wednesday nights.

Mike was a kind and loving husband, father, grandfather, and uncle.  He cherished his family and never missed an opportunity to let them know how much he loved them.  One of the highlights of Mike’s life was walking his granddaughter Shelton down the aisle on her wedding day.  

Mike and Susan have resided happily at the Warwick Forest Retirement Community for the past 13 years where they formed valued friendships with neighbors and staff members.

Mike is survived by his beloved wife and best friend of 42 years, Susan; his children R.S. “Stan” Piland III (Christine), Laurel S. Piland, and Matthew Leonard (Siobhan); and his grandchildren, Shelton Piland Poulter (Devan) and Luke Leonard; his sister, Grace Anne Piland; his niece, E. Page Piland, and his nephew, Kenneth L. “Kent” Piland, Jr. (Laura).  He was predeceased by his brother, Kenneth Lockhart Piland; his parents; and his in-laws, Arthur and Alverta Nelson.  


A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 22, 2022  by Pastor Tina Melusky  at Trinity Lutheran Church, 6807 Huntington Ave., Newport News. A reception in the church fellowship hall will follow the service.  Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to to First Tee – Virginia Peninsula, 1003 Brick Kiln Blvd., Newport News, VA. 23602 [Attention Noelle Larson].  This is a local YMCA program that fosters youth development through the game of golf.
 

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#7 Connie Hoover 2022-06-20 15:06
Mike and Susan have been wonderful friends of mine for many years through Trinity Lutheran Church. He was a charming man who always had a smile on his face and a wonderful story to tell. He designed the handicap ramp at the church for me when I was chairman of the Property Committee. He will be sorely missed!
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#6 Dee Klapperich 2022-06-18 08:14
Mike will be remembered and missed. He was always ready with a friendly greeting snd a smile! His love for Susan and family was evident as he proudly stood by her side. My sincere sympathy to all his family and friends on his loss. May God’s peace surround you all and bring you comfort in the days ahead!
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#5 Ray Otte 2022-06-17 20:02
I will miss my old friend greatly.
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#4 Joanna Pierce 2022-06-16 17:30
Beautiful summary and tribute to Mike’s life and relationships. I have been blessed to count him as one of my dear friends for the last four years. I will miss our forays into trying excellent ethnic restaurants in the area. My loving thoughts and prayers are with dear Susan and the rest of the family.
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#3 wythe holt 2022-06-16 14:01
Mike was one of the kindest, most pleasant, most caring, and friendliest fellows I have been fortunate enough to meet. His advice, always sharp and often offered surprisingly, was direct, helpful, and no holds barred. He was a joy to be around, and I will miss him sorely.
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#2 Donna Hardisty 2022-06-16 13:58
Sue,
Prayers from our family to yours. Please let us know if we can do anything for you.
Donna and Steve
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#1 Sylvia Craft 2022-06-16 10:18
Mike was one of my first friends at Warwick Forest. I shall always remember his hugs and his love of cappuccino crunch at dinner. My deepest sympathy to his loving family.
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