Harlan Schley (1924 - 2014)

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Schley, Harlan R.

Harlan R. Schley, age 89 of Clintonville, formerly of Land O' Lakes, passed away Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at Pine Manor Health Care Center, Embarrass.

Harlan was born October 22, 1924, in the Township of Larrabee, Waupaca County, son of the late William and Emma (Hoffman) Schley. He was baptized on November 23, 1924 and later confirmed on April 10, 1938 at Christus Lutheran Church, Clintonville. He grew up on the family farm helping with daily chores, where he learned good work ethics and took pride in every task performed. As a young man Harlan enjoyed roller skating, learning to play the accordion, and help his family at the Broadview Ballroom. Harlan attended Pleasant Hill School and later Clintonville High School. He was united in marriage to Marian Roland on November 10, 1945 and together they farmed and raised thirteen children on the family farm in the Township of Larrabee. Harlan's interest in modern farm technology brought him to own and operate a barn equipment company while overseeing the daily operations of the farm. They left the daily farm operation in 1974 and continued to sell and install barn equipment until his retirement in 1976. Harlan and Marian lived "the good life" in the north woods on Little Birch Lake, Land O' Lakes, where they enjoyed fishing, playing many a game of sheephead, entertaining family, friends, and relatives, whether it be for a day, or overnight visits. He had a special interest in geology, enjoyed reading, dancing, watching sports events on television, and was always focused on the weather and how it affected farm crops, but his greatest enjoyment in life was to spend time with his family and friends. Marian preceded Harlan in death on November 2, 1991. He continued to serve many friends and neighbors - both year round and summer residents of the Land O' Lakes area, looking after and caring for their homes and properties. There was never a job too big, nor too far for him to lend a helping hand. He was a past member of the Clintonville Lions Club, lifetime member of Christus Lutheran Church and was also a member of the Hope Lutheran Church, Land O' Lakes. In November 2012, Harlan moved back to the Clintonville area.

Survivors include:

Daughters: Mary (Ron) Kautz, Clintonville, Penny (Glenn) Finger, Eagle River, Sherry (Gary) Steenbock, Green Bay, Kristy (Greg) Hanson, Clintonville, Patty (Ken) Tornow, Bear Creek, Cindy Rohan, Fremont

Sons: Daniel (Sharon) Schley, Eagle River, Terry (Gail) Schley, Sugar Bush, Douglas (Valerie) Schley, Clintonville, Tim (friend Cheryl Wieting) Schley, Three Lakes Grandchildren: Tom (Amy) Schley, Bart (Sandy) Schley, LeAnn (Derk) Hopp, Darrin (Kathy) Schley, Karrie (Eric) Fugina, Kristal Kautz (David) Krajnak, Ryon (Jodie) Kautz, Terra (Jeremy) Vosters, Trisha (Jesse) Koziczkowski, Trinity (Roy) Rosnow, Theresa Lehman, Amy Shauger, Christopher (Erin) Schley, Julie (Kevin) Krauss, Randy (Angie) Finger, Brian (Bobbie Jo) Finger, Tracy (Paul) Melzer, Todd (Julie) Steenbock, Tammy (Corey) Hockers, Tina (Don) Van de Ven, Tricia (Chad) Veley, Bridget (Brad) Mc Artney, Bradley Hanson, Brian (Jenny) Hanson, Adam Tornow (Fiance' Stephanie Diedrick), Lindsay Tornow (friend Shane Norder), Nick Schley (Fiance' Amanda Stueck), Mike Schley (friend Sarah Useldinger), Joe (Kelly) Rohan, Joshua Rohan, Julia (Jordan) Koplien. There are 57 Great Grandchildren, 6 Step Great Grandchildren, and 2 Step Great-Great Grandchildren. Sisters: Gertrude Tews, Wauwatosa. Ruth Schoenike, Milwaukee. Sisters-in-law: Donna (Les) Schramm, Joan Roland, all of Crandon. Many Nieces and Nephews.

Harlan was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Marian, sons James, Kevin, and Mark Schley, granddaughter Tanya Finger, a brother Wilmer, in infancy, sisters and brothers-in-law: Doris and Arthur Baggs, Della and Clarence Meyer, Louine and Harry Ewald, Audrene and Louis Arndt, Valera and Everett Neuenfeldt, Walter Tews, Lawrence Schoenike, and Charles Roland, sister-in-law: Ruth (Clarence) Bork.

"There was always love in Daddy's Hands." This very private but proud man will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

A special thank you to the Pine Manor Health Care staff, Rita Braund, Dr. Egan, and staff, for your care and kindness shared with Harlan during his stay.

A memorial fund will be established in Harlan's memory at a later date.

Funeral services will be held 11 AM, Saturday, August 2, 2014 at Christus Lutheran Church, Clintonville with the Rev. Ben Hollingsead officiating. Interment will be at Graceland Cemetery, Clintonville.

Friends may call from 4 until 7 PM, Friday, at the Eberhardt-Stevenson Funeral Home & Crematory, Clintonville and after 10 AM Saturday at the church until the time of the service. An online guestbook can be found at eberhardtstevenson.com



Funeral Home
Eberhardt-Stevenson Funeral Home
53 North Main St. Clintonville, WI 54929
715-823-2450
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Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on July 31, 2014
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