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James "Jim" Harlan


James "Jim" Harlan

Mar 25, 1933 - Jan 19, 2017

James “Jim” Harlan 83, of Great Falls, passed away Thursday, January 19, 2017 at a local care facility.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at Hillcrest Lawn Memorial Chapel at 10:30 a.m. Schnider Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Jim was born on March 25, 1933 in Palmyra, Missouri to Ralph and Ethel Harlan. He was the oldest of fourteen children. He attended schools in Missouri and went on to join the Air Force. He served during the Korean Conflict.

After discharging from the military, Jim became a service technician at Sears and that lasted for forty two years. He married Bonnie Hickman, they later divorced. Jim then married Lorraine Kaste in 1976.

Jim loved the outdoors, especially camping and fishing. He enjoyed woodcarving and woodworking. He also loved to dance. Jim’s most cherished thing was his family.

He is survived by his wife, Lorraine; children Shawn (Eric) Wilford, Terry (Anne) Harlan and Michael (Kathy) Harlan; stepchildren Rick Roadhouse, Gary Roadhouse, Patti Jones and Kathy Holum; 19 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

Jim was preceded death by his parents, Ralph and Ethel Lee Harlan.

Public Guest Book

Jan 21st
Jerry & Rhonda Gabriel
I am so sorry for your great loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time. I am the youngest daughter of Lee and Imogene Shannon.
Jan 21st
Tim & Connie Schroeder
Our prayers are with all of you. I (Connie) am Maurice's middle daughter. I met James a couple times through the years. I am sure he will be very missed.
Jan 22nd
Darlene Hudak
My condolences to my dear friend Lorraine and family, my prayers are with you at this time of sorrow.
Jan 22nd
Gary Mathwich
I am so sorry for your loss. I know Jim will be missed. I also worked for Sears and with Jim. I hadn't seen him in some time but always admired him. Rest in Peace Jim.
Jan 24th
Steve Kaste
Our thoughts and prayers go out to you at this toughest time. Sorry for your loss.
Jan 26th
Susan and Bob Franklin
My dad and I are so saddened to hear of Jim's passing. Dad worked with Jim at Sears for many years. Jim was such a kind and happy person. I know he will be very much missed. We will remember him fondly. Rest in peace, Jim.


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