Harlan Henry

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 8:21 pm

Harlan Henry, 86, of Decorah, died Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, at the Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah. Mass of Christian Burial was at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 22, at St. Bridget Catholic Church in Bluffton, with Rev. Dennis Cain officiating. Organist was Lane Rich. Cantor was Julie Vulk. Hymns were “Be Not Afraid,” “Here I am, Lord,” “On Eagle’s Wings,” “Softly and Tenderly” and “How Great Thou Art.” Lector was Vince Hauber. Eucharistic ministers were Helen Kappes, Pat Courtney and Sharon Christopher. Offertory gift bearers were Shanon Henry and Gina Whalen. Honorary casket bearers were all of Harlan’s buddies and deer hunting friends. Casket bearers were Harlan’s grandchildren: Richard Halse, Jason Krivachek, Bradley Henry, Brian Henry, Joseph Henry, Melissa Palmer, Shanon Henry and Gina Whalen. Interment was at St. Bridget’s Catholic Cemetery in Bluffton. Arrangements were handled by Schluter – Balik Funeral Home in Decorah.

Harlan Leo Henry was born June 2, 1930, the son of Lawrence and Madeline (McCabe) Henry in Cresco. Harlan attended country school near Bluffton and Plymouth Rock and attended school at Canton High School in Canton, Minn. As a young man, Harlan worked with his father on the farm. Harlan was united in marriage to Mary Loretta Gossman Sept. 10, 1956, at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in Bluffton. To this union, four children were born: Laureen, Terry, Randal and Lynn. Together, Harlan and Loretta farmed all their lives, first near Plymouth Rock, and then moving to the Bluffton farm in 1960. Harlan was an avid hunter and fisherman in his spare time; however, his true love was raising cattle, pigs, sheep and cropping while working to support his family that he loved dearly. He also enjoyed going to farm auctions and to have a beer with his buddies. Harlan was a stranger to no one. In August 2001, Harlan suffered a severe head inquiry due to a tractor accident. Since then, he has spent the last 15 years in skilled nursing at the New Hampton Care Center and Wellington Place in Decorah. In Harlan’s younger years, he loved his vehicles. He could always be heard on his Harley coming to pick up Loretta for a date. He also enjoyed his 1955 black and pink Ford Fairlane and his red Ford convertible. Harlan was a member of St. Bridget’s Catholic Church.

Harlan is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Loretta Henry, Decorah; four children: Laureen (Timothy) McGuire, Lenexa, Kans.; Terry Henry, Decorah; Randal (Aurelyn) Henry, Steubenville, Ohio; and Lynn (Mark) Krivachek, Decorah; eight grandchildren: Richard (Sara) Halse, Melissa (Kye) Palmer, Shanon (Patrick) Johnson, Bradley (Hannah) Henry, Brian Henry, Jason (Allison) Krivachek, Gina (Rusty) Whalen and Joseph Henry; four step-grandchildren:Timothy McGuire II, Malinda (Kevin) McNeil, Christopher McGuire, and Ashley (Brandon) Ensey; eight great and step grandchildren: Emily and Alex Halse, Clayton Palmer, Dexter Johnson, Aiden Whalen, Blake and Grant Krivachek and Sophia McNeil; three sisters: Mary Frank, Fullerton, Calif.; Martha (Richard) Wendl, Newton, and Joneil Henry (Carey Rohlfs) Bellevue, Neb.; one sister-in-law, Sharon Tweten-Henry, Bluffton; brother-in-law, Vern Drilling, along with numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and great-nieces and -nephews.

Harlan was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Madeline (McCabe) Henry; three sisters: Helen Ann Henry, Michaeleen Henry in infancy and Madeline Drilling; two brothers, Francis Henry in infancy and Michael Henry; his father and mother-in-law, William and Pearl (McCauley) Gossman; brothers and sisters-in-law: Eldon Gossman, Paul Gossman, Linus (Evelyn) Bohr, Arthur (Sarah) Wilhelm, and Gene (Dolores) Daley; one great-grandchild, Ian Krivachek.

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