Harlan Long, 84, of Glenwood

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Harlan Long, 84, of Glenwood, Minnesota died Monday, March 9, 2015 surrounded by his family in Glenwood.  
A memorial service was held  11 a.m. Saturday, March 14 at Glenwood Lutheran Church.  Visitation was Friday from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home in Glenwood continued one hour prior to the service at the church  Saturday.  
Harlan “Huey” Wayne Long the son of Forrest “Fay” and Emma (Elness) Long was born September 2, 1930 on his grandparents farm in Christiania Township, Jackson County, Minnesota.  He grew up in Windom, Minnesota and graduated from Windom High School.  
January 11, 1952 Harlan entered the United States Marines.  He served his country and was honorably discharged  January 10, 1954.  After his discharge, Harlan returned to Windom to help care for his mother who had cancer.
July 9, 1954, Harlan was united in marriage to Sharlene (Muller) at the Presbyterian Church in Windom.  They made their home in Windom and Harlan was employed by the Ben Franklin Store in Windom for 6 ½ years.  In 1961, they moved to Austin, Minnesota and Harlan worked as the assistant manager of Ben Franklin there.  After two years, Harlan and his family moved to Glenwood and lived there from 1963 - 1977 where he managed the Ben Franklin.  They moved to Benson in 1977, where Harlan owned/operated the Ben Franklin.  Harlan and Sharlene continued to live in Benson until they retired in 1997 and moved to Maple Lake, north of Glenwood.  They lived on Maple Lake until 2005, when they returned to Glenwood where they have made their home since.
Harlan was an active member of Glenwood Lutheran Church, the Glenwood American Legion, the Glenwood Lions, Glenwood Chamber of Commerce and Glenwood Development Corp.   When he was younger, he was active in the Jaycees and the sports boosters.  Harlan enjoyed woodworking and restoring classic cars.  He especially loved spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren and following his children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events.  He will be remembered as an enthusiastic sports fan, a terrific organizer and a great husband, father and grandfather.
He is survived by his wife Sharlene Long of Glenwood; four sons: Mitch (Margit) of Boise, ID, Brian (Diane) of Glenwood, Marty (Jennifer) of Hugo, and Kirby (Denise) of Rochester; grandchildren, Nathan, Sara, Lindsey, Tiffany, Bjorn, Tanner, Emma, Tyler, Zachary and Carter; sisters, Donna Appel of Aitkin  and Beverly Alley of Mankato; nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.
Harlan was preceded in death by his parents Fay and Emma Long; infant sister, Ruth, infant brother, Verlon, sister, Phyllis Appel; brothers-in-law, Bob Alley, Bernard Appel and Arnie Appel; and sister-in-law, Bernice Waechter.     
To send condolences to the family, visit our website at www.hoplinfuneralhome.com and click on obituaries.
 

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