Harlen (Harley) Earl Nolan, age 73, of French Lake, passed away peacefully Monday, Oct. 1, 2013, at his home.
He was born May 10, 1940, in French Lake Township, Annandale, to Earl and Mary Nolan.
Harlen served in the US Army Reserves for three years.
He married Marie Salmela, Dec. 3, 1960.
Harlen worked in numerous occupations, from driving gravel truck, to Faribault Foods. His latest profession was at the United States Post Office in Cokato. Harley took retirement due to health reasons.
He thoroughly enjoyed visiting with the public and always had a joke for them. He truly had a “gift of gab.”
Harley loved his family, and absolutely adored his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He loved to barbeque, especially with family and friends. He always had his camera handy, whether taking pictures or looking at them, over and over again.
Harlen was very interested in his family history and his family came first. He always enjoyed talking with people, even when meeting someone for the first time. Listening to their stories and telling his, was the highlight of his trip to the store. He never met a stranger as they all became friends.
Harley loved to be outdoors, whether it was mowing the yard, riding the ATV, “putzing” in the machine shed, or watching the deer, wild turkeys, eagles, etc. He will be deeply missed, and forever loved by all who he touched in his life.
Harlen is survived by his sons: Mark (Nancy), and Dan, all of Cokato; grandchildren Penny (Adam) Miller, Chrissy (Matthew) Olson, and Derek Nolan; and great-grandchildren Isaac and Savannah Miller, and Hunter and Carter Olson.
He is further survived by a brother, Floyd (Delores) Nolan; sisters Rosie (Larry) Anderson, Ruthie (Ron) Oster, Betty Kelly, and Margie (Larry) Alberg; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Harley was preceded in death by his wife, Marie; his parents; brother and sister-in-law, Allen and Arlene Nolan; sister and brother-in-law Marlene and Dale Helmke; and brother-in-law Colon Kelly.
Funeral services took place Saturday, Oct. 5 at 3 p.m. at North Crow River Lutheran Church, followed by interment in the Albion Free Cemetery.