James F. Harlan, age 90, of Highland, passed away Monday, December 22, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland. Graveside funeral services for 90 year-old James F. Harlan will be Tuesday, December 23 at 11:00 a.m. at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Steelville, MO. Memorials are suggested to the Highland Animal Shelter or Hospice of Southern Illinois. The Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland is in charge of arrangements.
He was born July 05, 1924, in Pinckneyville, IL, the son of Allen and Lillian (nee Duncan) Harlan McGuire.
On February 09, 1945, he married Eldonna G. Kendrick who passed away on January 29, 2005.
He was a member of Masonic Lodge #877-Granite City; Fraternal Order of Eagles #1126-Granite City; Former member of VFW.
Mr. Harlan was born in Pinckneyville, IL. After graduation, he joined the Navy. He served as a tail machine gunner in WWII and was awarded a purple heart after being shot down in the Philippines. He was married to Eldonna for 60 years. He worked as a carpenter for over 40 years, retiring as a master carpenter from Granite City School District. Upon his retirement, he and his wife enjoyed life in the country in Steelville, MO. He enjoyed the outdoors and his numerous dogs.
Son – James R. (Deanna) Harlan, Highland, IL
Grandchild – Johnathon Etier, Weslaco, TX
Grandchild – Joshua Etier, Weslaco, TX
Grandchild – Kateri Purtle, Highland, IL
Grandchild – Austin Harlan, Highland, IL
Great Grandchild – Kennedy Purtle, Highland, IL
Great Grandchild – Donovan Purtle, Highland, IL
Son In-law – John Etier, Weslaco, TX
He was preceded in death by:
Father – Allen Harlan
Mother – Lillian Harlan Mcguire, nee Duncan
Wife – Eldonna G. Harlan, nee Kendrick died Jan 29, 2005
Daughter – Gina S. Etier died July 26, 2008
Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home
1501 Ninth at Lemon Street
Highland, IL 62249