Harlan J. Chan
Harlan Chan, age 64, of Bayonet Point, Fla., formerly of Cyrus, died on Sunday, May 3, 2009 at home in Florida. Harlan was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Chan, his mother Joyce, and his youngest brother Daniel Hansen. Harlan was born in Starbuck on May 11, 1944. He was baptized and confirmed at Reno Catholic Church. Harlan attended Oscar Lake Country School until eighth grade. He had many great memories of his years at the country school and spoke of them often He graduated high school in 1963 from Kensington, which he affectionately referred to as K-Town. After high school Harlan worked as an auto mechanic in many shops before he settled at Brownies Tire Service in Glenwood, where he worked for many years.
He went on to work at Morris Blacktop, and retired last year from Riley Bros. Construction and Paving in Morris.
When Harlan wasn't working he enjoyed spending time in the garden. He loved sharing the harvest with friends and family.
Harlan like to travel, even if it was just a day trip, he liked to get in the car and go wherever the day took him. He loved to fish, and often lamented that he had a hard time fitting it into the little time he had while he was working, and then most recently because he was in Florida. He loved the lakes of Minnesota. He was looking forward to spending two weeks here this summer and was determined to fish some of his favorite lakes. Harlan also loved spending Saturday mornings perusing the local garage sales. He was always excited to find the "great deal" of the day. Harlan was looking forward to his retirement and being free to follow his whims in travel and leisure time with his companion Gladys Landmark.
Harlan found pleasure in the little things in life, he loved to spend his Sunday's making phone calls to his family, he always had a stash of candy for the kids and passed out dollar coins every time he visited. He will be greatly missed by all who loved him.
Harlan is survived by his children, Marie (Ron) Tavlin, Michele Clinton, Denise Chan, Ann (Rich) Riemers, and Christina Chan: grandchildren, Cameron Born, Brandon Heimbichner, Cady Clinton, Shay Clinton, Shelby Carroll, Brittney Carroll, Christian Riemers, Nicholas Riemers, Hayden Swenson, and Ella Swenson; brother Jerry (Jean) Chan of Spring Lake Park; sister Cate (Dennis) Haan of Rapid City, S.D., sister in law Mary Hansen of Waite Park: nephews Marty (Janet) Chan, Jacob Hansen, Scott (Stephanie) Hansen, Jason (Jodi) Strand, Kelly Strand, and neice Mary (John) Hofmann; and great nieces and nephews Paige Strand, Harley Strand, Landon Strand, Levin Strand, Bretton Hansen, and Mackenzie Hansen.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 16 at 1:00 p.m. at St. John Nepomuk Church in Lowry(known locally as the Reno Catholic Church) with visitation one hour prior. Visitation will also be held at St. John, Friday, May 15, from 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00.Directions can be found at www.renocatholicchurch.org.
In lieu of flowers donations to The American Heart Association or BTF (Brain Trauma Foundation) http://www.braintrauma.org/site/PageServer are preferred.