Robert Dale Harlan

09/24/1935 – 11/10/2018

Obituary for Robert Dale Harlan

Robert Dale “Bob” Harlan, 83, of Green Ridge passed away Saturday, November 10, 2018 at his home. He was born on September 24, 1935 in Otterville, MO, the son of J. G. and Juanita (Scrivner) Harlan, who preceded him in death.

On December 19, 1959, at the Range Line Presbyterian Church in Houstonia, MO, he was united in marriage to Mary C. Hayes, who resides in the home.

A graduate of Smithton High School, Bob worked as a retail meat cutter at Bing’s in Sedalia and at Safeway in Sedalia and other locations. He retired in 1991 to a farm outside Green Ridge and enjoyed many years of working on the farm and also selling produce and plants at the Farmer’s Market in Sedalia. He and Mary made numerous life-long friends during thirty-two years of going once or twice a year on fishing trips to Dead Lake in Dent, Minnesota. Other than fishing, one of his great joys in life was playing the part of Santa for children and adults in local communities, making visits to hospitals and nursing homes to help spread Christmas cheer to those in need.

In addition to his wife Mary, he is survived by a son, R.D. Harlan (Terri) of LaMonte and a daughter, Debra Katherine Spiess (Gary) of South Bend, IN; five grandchildren, Sage Harlan (Kim), Montana (Tommy) Clark, and Kaitlin, Emma, and Isabelle Spiess; two great grandchildren, Arianna and Jayce Clark; a brother, Richard Harlan (Carolyn) of Overland Park, KS; two sisters, Lynda McMullin (Daryl) of Smithton, and Avanell Savage (Gerald) of Bella Vista, AR.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Larry Harlan (Nancy) of Roy, UT.

A celebration of life service will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at the Green Ridge Community Center in Green Ridge, Missouri.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

Arrangements are under the direction of Rea Funeral Chapel.

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Mary–Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Bob was a very special man and the world will not be the same without him. May the Lord keep you close and ease your pain during this difficult time. Love and prayers from our family to yours.
– Becky Dedrick
So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. We had such good times when we worked at Safeway together. My maiden name was McMullin
– Sue Cottrill
So sorry to hear about Bob’s passing. We bought produce from his several times this summer on South 65 Highway. I remember when he played Santa for the Green Ridge Preschool. My son was scared of most Santa’s but he liked Bob because he didn’t insist that he sit on his lap. He just talked to him at a distance that my son was comfortable with. Wishing you God’s comfort and peace. John and Denise Dove
– John Dove
So truly sorry to hear of this. I do remember all the wonderful things he did for others. Thinking of you and your family.
– Nikki Bohm
So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. He was a great guy and will be missed.
– Lisa Phillips
Mary we are so sorry for yor loss in Bobs passing. He will surely be missed. We have such great memories of you two when we got together and with him playing santa with the kids. We love you both and are still here for you
– Pamela Koepke
Mary, Debbie & Gary, and R.D. & Terri–so very sorry for your loss. I have wonderful memories of your family when we were neighbors so long ago. Always enjoyed seeing Bob around town. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Bonnie, Dale & Dorothy Schroder.
– Dorothy Schroder
Mary and family, I am so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. Prayers for each of you and hoping the happy memories shared over the years will bring you comfort.
– Marcia Freeman
So sorry to hear that Bob has passed away. He always had a ready smile. I remember how special he made both of my girls feel when we would see him. He tried his best to communicate with Jessica who is hearing impaired and did his best to include her in any conversation we were having. God Bless and comfort you all. Rusty and Kelly Durrill
– Kelly Jo Durrill

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