Harlan Elving

June 22, 2017

obit Harlan Elving photoFeb. 8, 1931 – June 4, 2017

Harlan Andrew Elving was born Feb. 8 1931 and called home by his heav­enly father on June 4.
The celebration of his life was held Monday, June 12, 11 a.m. at Lakewood Memorial Park in Hugh­son, California.
Harlan grew up on a ru­ral farm in Tyler. He was drafted into the U.S. Army where he drove a tank in the Korean War and reached the rank of Sergeant. He received his Bachelors De­gree in Science at Mankato University. Barbara and Harlan were married in 1955 and drove west to to start their adventure in life. Harlan accepted a position at Modesto High School, Modesto, Califor­nia, where he taught for 38 years starting with wood­shop and drafting, with the last 10 years teaching computers and Auto Cad. During the early years of his teaching career he ob­tained his Masters Degree in Education from Chico State in California.
When celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary they incorporated many of the things he loved when they took the whole fam­ily to Hawaii. They spent time in the ocean and golfed but mostly Barbara and Harlan enjoyed being with their whole family in one place at one time for a whole week. Harlan enjoyed bowling, fishing, and traveling, including a trip to the Holy Land. He was an active Sunday School teacher and a coun­selor for the High School Christian Youth Club.
He is survived by his lov­ing wife of 62 years, Bar­bara; sons Ken (Stacey) and Jon; daughters Kay Cummins (Todd) and Ka­rie Wendt (Ken). Barbara and Harlan were blessed with 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
He is predeceased by his parents David and Clara, sister Elvira and brother Bob.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreci­ate sending donations to the Dementia Society or a favorite charity of your choice.