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Obituary for Dale W. Harlan
Dale W. Harlan, 83, of Stuart passed away on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown. Graveside memorial services will be at 11 AM on Monday, March 13th at South Oak Grove Cemetery in Stuart. Memorial contributions may be directed in Dale’s name to the ALS Association – Iowa Chapter and sent in care of Johnson Family Funeral Home, PO Box 246, Stuart, IA 50250. Online condolences may be left at www.johnsonfamilyfuneralhome.com.
Dale was born on December 12, 1932 to Hugh and Hazel (Short) Harlan in Stuart, Iowa. He attended school in Menlo and graduated from Menlo High School with the class of 1951. While in high school Dale played football, basketball and played trumpet in the band. Following graduation Dale attended Drake University before enlisting in the United States Army, where he served honorably from 1953-1955. He was assigned to Army Field Artillery working with cannons. Following his discharge he returned home to farm with his father outside of Menlo. On November 25, 1955 Dale was united in marriage to Anna “Tulle” Hansen in Luck, Wisconsin. The young couple made their home on the family farm. Dale farmed his whole life, working with both crops and livestock.
In his spare time, Dale enjoyed bowling, working with computers, listening to 50’s music, watching basketball and western movies. Dale’s life can be summed up for his love of Faith, Family and Farming. He was a member of the Menlo American Legion, Menlo Methodist Church, and later the Stuart Congregational Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Hugh and Hazel Harlan; loving wife, Anna “Tulle”; son, Jeff Harlan; infant baby; and great-grandchild, Bradley Klindt.
Dale leaves behind to cherish his memory, his children, Howard (Bev) Harlan of Casey and their children Missy McMurphy, Mickie (Joe) Blank, Mindy (Dennis) Pavlich and Megan (Ryan) Thomas; Gretchen Harlan Mowry (Tommy Barton) of Tulsa, Oklahoma and her children Olivia Mowry and John Miller Mowry; daughter-in-law, Deb Harlan (Arlan Blazek) of Greenfield and her children, Carolyn Joslin; Steven (Megan) Scrivner, and Alexander Harlan (fiancé Haley); great-grandchildren: Shaela and Kyle Klindt, Kathryn Blank, Andrew and Ethan Rote, Henry Scrivner, Charlotte Scrivner, Stella Scrivner, Emily Joslin, Burton Joslin, Elliot Joslin; sister, Arlene (Richard) Petit; brother, Garth Harlan; brother-in-law, Peter Hansen; sister-in-law, Edith Hansen and a host of extended family and friends all of whom will miss him greatly.