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Harlan Harold Harkman

Harlan Harold Harkman, age 76, of Dassel, died suddenly Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007 at his home.

He was born July 28, 1930 in Cokato to Harold and Viola (Wille) Harkman. Harlan grew up in Cokato, graduating from Cokato High School with the class of 1948. Following graduation, he went on to attend Dunwoody Institute for two years, studying auto mechanics.

Harlan was married to Mary Ann Rokala Feb. 24, 1951 in Mason City, Iowa.

In 1952, Harlan went to work with his father, Harold, and uncle, Rueben, at Harkman Oil until 1963. From 1964 to 1975, Harlan operated Harlan’s Clothing in Cokato; from 1975 to 1978 he operated Harlan’s Sewing Center in Willmar.

In 1978, Harlan and Mary Ann moved to Scottsdale, Ariz., where Harlan was a district sales representative for the Salmi Company, working there until 1988. He then opened Harlan’s Appliance in Flagstaff, Ariz., retiring in 1993.

Harlan and Mary Ann moved back to Minnesota in 1993, living in Elk River, Monticello, Dassel, and Cokato.

Harlan enjoyed working on projects in his shop and was always willing to help out with his children’s home improvement projects, either with advice or hands-on help. He especially enjoyed visiting with his friends and having coffee at The Grounds in Cokato every morning.

Harlan was a member of the Cokato Museum, serving on the museum board, and a member of the Cokato Businessmen’s Association.

Over the years, Harlan played tenor saxophone in the Harkman Band.He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather.

Harlan is survived by his wife, Mary Ann of Dassel; children, Barb (Ken) Timm of Little Canada, Diana (Robert) Maxwell, David (Brenda) Harkman, all of Big Lake, Brad (Denise) Harkman of Cokato, Karn (Jim) Canter of Austin, Texas, Kathy (Mark) Johnson of Scottsdale, Ariz. and Chris (Stacey) Harkman of Phoenix, Ariz.; and a sister, Marlys (Leonard) Schmidt of Sturgeon Lake, Minn.

He is further survived by 15 grandchildren, Lisa Timm, Gina Timm, Brian (Jesse) Maxwell, Kristen (Josh) Dickinson, Lindsay Maxwell, Tom Harkman, Steve (Beth) Harkman, Abby Harkman, Jessica Canter, Josh Canter, Hannah Canter, Alexandra Johnson, Camille Johnson, Josh Billet, Mahriah Lininger-Griffin; great-grandchildren Nathan Harkman and Marissa Dickinson; and many nieces and nephews.

Harlan was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral service was Friday, March 2 at 11 a.m. at Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church in Cokato with the Revs. Ron Peterson and Lyndon Korhonen officiating. Music was provided by Jayne Kyllonen. Interment will take place in the spring at Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery.

Arrangements were by the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Cokato.

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