Thief River Falls - Harlan Almen, 77, Thief River Falls, passed away on Friday, May 2, 2014 at the Thief River Care Center in Thief River Falls.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, May 9, 2014 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, with Rev. Bob Dahlen officiating. Interment will follow at St. Vincent de Paul Cemetery in Plummer.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., with a 7 p.m. prayer service on Thursday, May 8, at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls. Visitation will also take place one hour prior to the funeral service, at the funeral home.
Harlan Gerald Almen was born on March 17, 1937 in Grafton, N.D., the son of Helmer and Tillie (Nelson) Almen. He attended school in Grafton and following school he moved to Dade County, Fla., to work with clearing land and delivering machinery.
On Oct. 17, 1957, Harlan was married to Shirley Damen-Ackerland in Grafton, N.D. The couple moved to Florida where their daughter, Shirlan was born. Together they moved back to Grafton. While living there, Harlan also farmed in Red Lake Falls. They moved to the farm in Red Lake Falls permanently in 1971 and raised their children, Harlan W., Kimberly, and Steve.
Harlan farmed, and owned and operated a trucking company until 2012 when his health started to fail.
He is survived by his fiancé, Judy Jablinske of Thief River Falls; sons, Harlan W. “Chip” Almen and Steven L. Almen, both of Thief River Falls; grandchildren, Kathryn (Evan) Litchy of Thompson, N.D., Stacey (Brandon) Lamont of Grand Forks, N.D., and Kenneth (fiancé Sarah) Miller of Thief River Falls; great-grandchildren, Blake Gervais, Kaina Litchy, Kason Litchy, and Carter Miller; brother-in-law, Glenn Monson of Grafton, N.D.; nieces, Darlene Terzich and Angela Wardinski; nephew, Mark Monson as well as many cousins and friends.
Harlan is preceded in death by his parents; daughters, Shirlan and Kimberly; grandsons, Nicholas Miller and Jason Gervais; great-granddaughter, Mya Miller; sisters, Mavis Monson and Shirley Wardinski; brother-in-law, A. Dennis Wardinski, and his nephew, Dennis J. Wardinski.
Arrangements pending with Johnson Funeral Service, Thief River Falls.