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James Allen HARLAN

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HARLAN, James Allen age 94, passed away on February 20, 2013. Jim was born July 9, 1918 in Dayton to J. Allen and Margarett Davis Harlan. He grew up in Oakwood and attended Harman Avenue and Oakwood Jr. High School. In 1932 Jim moved to Michigan with his father and attended Cranbrook School for Boys in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He attended the University of Michigan for two years. Jim worked in Detroit where he met and married Mary Frances (Fran) Severson. On August 14, 1943 they were married at Christ Church Cranbrook just as Jim was drafted into the US. Army. He served as a 1st Lt. in the Cavalry and served for a short time in the Korean Conflict. At the close of WWII Jim and Fran settled in Oakwood and raised their three daughters, Chris, Janice (Pinky) and Stephanie. Jim worked at Frigidaire Corp until 1957. He worked at Hobart Corporation in Troy as advertising director until he retired in 1980. Jim and Fran shared a love of country life at their farm in Elmville, OH. Fran, Jim's loving wife of 50 years, preceded him in death. In 1995 Jim married Mildred (Midge) Stone. They traveled, spent winters in Florida, and enjoyed 17 loving years together. Jim was a lifetime member of the 39ers. Jim is survived by his wife, Mildred, his three daughters, Christine Hayward Goetz (Gene), Janice Harlan, and Stephanie Harlan (Charlie Backus): 5 grandchildren; Krisen Pettitt (Tim), Adam Hayward (Ellie), Jamie Hayward Fluet (Peter), Laura Backus, Andrew James Harlan Backus: and 3 great-grandchildren; Emily, Jeremy, and Isabel Pettitt. There will be no service. Stories, anecdotes, and memories can be sent to Stephanie Harlan at P.O. Box 504, Vashon, WA 98070 or to stephanieharlan@msn.com. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to WDPR, classic radio, 126 N. Main St., Dayton, OH 45402 ; Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Ave., Dayton, OH 45420 in memory of James Harlan. Online condolences may be sent to www.tobiasfuneralhome.com

Published in Dayton Daily News on Mar. 3, 2013
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