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Harlan Earl Moore

1925 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Harlan Earl Moore Obituary
June 29, 1925 - July 16, 2017 Harlan was born in Long Grove, Iowa to Alma and Elmer Moore. His parents preceded him in death as did his wife Shirley, daughter Alexis, sister Melva, and brothers Kenneth and Alan. He is survived by his daughter Anjela and son-in-law Gary Ponce, grandson Philip Wood and wife Dawn, and great-granddaughter Peyton, and step-granddaughter, Amanda Ponce. The center of Harlan's life was his family. Harlan's early life was spent on the family farm until the family moved to Davenport, Iowa in 1927. Harlan graduated from Davenport High School in 1943, where he formed lifelong friendships. Due to a minor medical condition Harlan was prevented from serving in the military during WWII. He struck out for California. Harlan landed a job at Lockheed Aircraft building P-38 fighter planes. He left Lockheed and found a job in a plant manufacturing Sherman tanks. Harlan was very proud of his contribution to the war effort. It was in California he met the love his life, Shirley Efflandt. They were married Memorial Day 1946 on the popular ABC radio show, Bride and Groom. Since many family members and friends were not able to attend the ceremony they listened to it on the radio. Harlan and Shirley settled in the Los Angeles area eventually ending up in Palos Verdes where they raised their daughter, Anjie. Harlan began his life's work in 1948 at a small company, Kerkmann Manufacturing which later became the Herman Miller Company, working with Ray and Charles Eames, D J DePree, Alexander Girard, Max DePree and George Nelson, giants in the design world. He started out running a table saw and rose to become Vice President of Manufacturing at Herman Miller. He retired from that position after 40 years only to find himself working another 20 years with C&D Aerospace. Harlan loved to work and was always committed passionately to it. In 2006 he retired again. He and Shirley moved from their home in Irvine to San Marcos. Harlan loved to golf, garden and spend time with family and friends. He and Shirley devoted their time in San Marcos to those interests. Harlan was a devoted Angels fan, and loved the "grand old game" as he was an excellent player in his youth. Shirley passed away in 2008. After Shirley's passing Harlan moved to Costa Mesa to be closer to family and friends. Harlan spent his last years with his dear friend Eva Moeller, whom he had known since they were young kids in Davenport, Iowa. They enjoyed spending time together, reminiscing, partying, and laughing. The family would like to thank Harlan's caregivers, Robin Javier and Andy Santos, who made sure "Mr. Harlan" enjoyed life until God called him home. Harlan will be remembered by family, friends and business associates as always being there for them. All who knew him will miss his wry sense of humor and winning smile. Harlan was a true and loyal friend. Vaya con Dios. A memorial service for Harlan will be held Wednesday, August 9 at 2pm at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 600 Saint Andrews Road, Newport Beach, California. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the .
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Aug. 3 to Aug. 6, 2017
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