Harlan Vine, age 92, of Decorah, died Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020, at Northgate Care Center in Waukon.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020, at the Decorah Lutheran Church, 309 Winnebago Street in Decorah, with Rev. Stacey Nalean-Carlson presiding. Burial will be in the Russell Cemetery, rural Decorah. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the time of service on Thursday at the church. The Schluter-Balik Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Memorials may be made in memory of Harlan to the Russell Cemetery: c/o George Kakos, 701 E. Main Street, Decorah, IA 52101. 

Harlan was born June 7, 1928 to Theodore and Myrtle (Sharp) Vine. Harlan didn’t graduate High School, but stayed home to help with the farm. He also hired himself out to the neighbors as a farm hand. He then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force.  It was there he obtained his G.E.D. Although he never received his G.E.D. certificate due to state regulations, he was very proud when state regulations allowed him to finally receive it Nov. 9, 2006. Following an honorable discharge from the Air Force, Harlan moved to Decorah and was employed by the Decorah Newspaper helping in many departments there, but mainly as the printing press operator. During his time in Decorah, he met and married JoAnn Thompson on July 27, 1952 at the First Lutheran Church in Decorah, with the Rev. T.H. Hoff officiating. To this union two children were born, Lowell and Duane.

Following his time at the Decorah Newspaper, he worked ground maintenance for many, many years for Luther College. He enjoyed working with wood, making and constructing all kinds of odds and ends. He also had an interest in history, especially his family history. He enjoyed gardening and growing anything he had an interest in. Harlan loved to bake as well. He would bake odd recipes that he could dream up, even made a sauerkraut cake.  

He was a member and past Commander of the V.F.W. in Decorah. He also was a member of the Independent Order of Oddfellows, serving as past Noble Grand.

Harlan also loved a good chuckle. He always had a short joke or saying that he would be glad to share and laugh along with.  One of his favorite’s was an Ole and Lena joke. He would often also share stories about how things used to be back in the old days.  

Harlan is survived by his son, Duane (friend Nadine) Vine of Decorah; daughter-in-law, Debbie Garvin of Ankeny; a granddaughter, Angie (Lee) Lindstrom of Cresco; a grandson, Matt Vine of Calmar; and two great grandchildren, Wyatt & Zoey Lindstrom. He also is survived by brothers: Carlton, Eldon (Kathy), Alvin, Robert (Ruby); sister-in-law, Vivian; several nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; his son, Lowell; a brother, Darrell; a sister, Marilyn Kallevang; two sisters-in-law, Donna and Mavis; and a brother-in-law, Durwin Kallevang.