Harlan Chan, 64Harlan Chan, 64, Bayonet Point, Florida, formerly of Cyrus, died Sunday, May 3, 2009 at his home in Florida.
Harlan Chan, 64, Bayonet Point, Florida, formerly of Cyrus, died Sunday, May 3, 2009 at his 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 8th grade. He had many great memories of his years at the country school and spoke of them often. He graduated from 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.
Harlan found pleasure in the little things in life. He loved to spend his Sundays making phone calls to his family and visiting those who lived near him. He always had candy for the kids and passed out dollar coins every time he visited. When Harlan wasn’t working he enjoyed spending time in the garden, and he loved sharing the harvest with friends and family. Harlan liked 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 also 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 weekend 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. 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, SD; sister-in-law, Mary Hansen of Waite Park; nephews, Marty (Janet) Chan, Jacob Hansen, Scott (Stephanie) Hansen, Jason (Jodi) Strand and Kelly Strand; niece, 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 p.m. at St. John Nepomuk Church in Lowry (Reno Catholic Church) with visitation one hour prior. Visitation will also be held at St. John on Friday, May 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Directions can be found at http://www.renocatholicchurch.org/.
In lieu of flowers, donations to The American Heart Association or Brain Trauma Foundation (BTF) http://www.braintrauma.org/site/PageServer are preferred.
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