Eugene Harlan EUGENE G. HARLAN, 64 ROCKFORD - Eugene G. Harlan, 64, of
Rockford died Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008, in his home, surrounded by his
loving family, after a courageous battle with ALS. Born Nov. 10, 1944, in
Waverly, Iowa, the son of George and Mary (Aden) Harlan. Married Sharon
Bennett on Nov. 21, 1964, in Waterloo, Iowa. Employed as a electronic
engineer by Arachnid, Inc. for 24 years. Member of Riverside Community
Church and the Choir Church Council. Also a member of Rockford Amateur Radio
Association, Amateur Radio Emergency Services, American Radio Relay League,
Ham Radio Operator, call sign WB9MMM, Kishwaukee Valley Community Band,
Rockford Wind Ensemble, Rockford Concert Band and Dixie Blue Notes.
Volunteered for several years with On The Waterfront festival. Eugene was
instrumental in having Christian Life School Talk with the International
Space Station via Ham Radio and published Amateur Television Quarterly
Magazine. Graduated from West High School in Waterloo, Iowa, Brooks
Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, Calif., School of Modern
Photography in New Jersey and Rock Valley College. Survived by loving wife,
Sharon of Rockford; son, Shawn (Sara) Harlan of Machesney Park; daughter,
Wendy Helmer of Rockford; grandchildren, Dustin Helmer, Jessica, Cassidy and
Riley Harlan; brother, Maurice (Natacha) Harlan of Spartanburg, S.C.;
sister, Joyce (Russell) Kohel of College Station, Texas; and several nieces
and nephews. Memorial service at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, in Riverside
Community Church, Machesney Park, with visitation from 9 a.m. to time of
service; Dr. William R. Kerr, pastor of Riverside Community Church, will
officiate. Cremation rites to be accorded. Memorials to Riverside Community
Church. Arrangements by Anderson-Long-Klontz Funeral Home and Cremation
Service Ltd., 6825 Weaver Road, Rockford, IL 61114, 815-654-2255.