Harland G. Strong

Service

Date: Wed, November 1, 2017
Start time: 11:00 am
Location:
Merle Hay Funeral Home
Address:
4400 Merle Hay Rd, Des Moines

Visitation

Date: Wed, November 1, 2017
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Location:
Merle Hay Funeral Home
Address:
4400 Merle Hay Rd, Des Moines

Harland G. Strong

Harland, 89, passed away on October 27th, 2017, at Taylor House Hospice.

Harland was born in the family home to Harry and Nira Strong on Friday, July 13th, 1928. He was the youngest of 7 children.

Harland spent most of his childhood and teen years on the family farm in Sac County, Iowa, before his family moved into town. He attended country school in Lake View until his junior year, then attended Sac City High School until graduation.

He said that after his graduation, “I went off the seek my fortune… so I rode on a bus for 46 miles then got off.” He landed in Fort Dodge, where he found his fortune when Lorraine Holtapp “caught his eye and stole his heart.” They were married on Easter Sunday in 1948. Harland and Lorrie were married for 66 years and had three children: oldest daughter Kathy and twins, David Alan and Debra.

Harland served 4 years in the U.S. Navy as an Electrician’s Mate. After his service, the family moved to Waterloo, then to Urbandale, where they lived for 43 years. Harland held many occupations thanks to his electrical experience in the Navy, and he was also a talented woodworker.

Harland is survived by his children, Kathy Nelson, David Alan Strong (Tammy), and Debra Neal; his grandchildren, Matt Nelson (Angie), Michael Nelson, Chris Neal (Jessica), Jessie Neal, and Amanda Strong; his great-grandchildren, Skylar Nelson, Triton Buffington, and Jack and Sam Nelson; several nieces and nephews; and Molly, the cat. He was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings, his grandson, Andy Nelson, and his wife, Lorrie.

Harland’s life was full of adventures and wonderful experiences: he got to watch Snow White when it opened in the theater; he met Tex Beneke after he ditched his prom to attend a big band concert; he glimpsed Audrey Hepburn in a San Francisco bar; he climbed the mast of a ship in a snowstorm. But his greatest joy and proudest achievement was his family. “We didn’t have a lot of money,” he would say, “but we sure had a lot of fun.”

A visitation will be held at 10 a.m. followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. at Merle Hay Funeral Home at Chapel Hill on November 1st, 2017.

Memorials may be directed to the American Legion Baldwin Patterson Post No 274 or the Puppy Jake Foundation.

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