Harlan, Dale


Dale E. Harlan, age 88 years of Hickman, passed away July 10, 2017.  Dale was born on March 23, 1929, in Lincoln, NE, to Ralph and Irene (Mitchell) Harlan. He attended Rosehill Elementary and graduated from Hickman High School. He received a degree in agriculture from UNL.  Dale served in the Army during the Korean conflict.  He was a lifelong farmer, worked for Cargill for 14 years, and was an innovator of farming implements and a pioneer in no-till conservation practices. He was instrumental in establishing Norris School and later served on the school board for 14 years.   He had over 30 years of service to the Salt Valley Water Shed which later became the Lower Platte South District of the NRD.  He was also board member of the Hickman Area Foundation, member of Hickman Presbyterian Church and Hickman American Legion Post #105. 

Dale is survived by his wife of 38 ¾ years, Sharon

Daughter: Debora (husband Kerry) Waymire

Daughter: Pamela (husband Darryl) Wilson

Son: Todd (wife Lori) Harlan

Son: Kent (wife TJ) Harlan

Step-daughter: Rebecca (husband Van) O’Connor

Step-son: Jeffrey (wife Deborah Johnson) Wismer

Step-son: Theodore Wismer

Step-daughter: Barbara (husband Randal) Pester

18 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren


He is preceded in death by his parents and brother Neal Harlan.


The funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, July 15, 2017, at the Hickman Presbyterian Church.  Burial will be at Hickman Cemetery following the service. 


Visitation will be on Friday from 9 am to 8 pm at Butherus Maser and Love Funeral Home, Hickman Chapel.  Please note the casket will be open at the visitation at the funeral home, but the casket will be closed at church. 


Memorials are suggested to Hickman Area Foundation, Hickman Presbyterian Church or Norris School Foundation.

Guestbook for Harlan, Dale

4:12AM Jul 21st, 2017
So sorry to hear about Dales passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Kent & Lori Oelling (Roca, NE)
7:51AM Jul 17th, 2017
Pam, Todd and Lori - Sorry to hear of Dale's passing. I remember Dale making me and my sons at home when we were visiting one Halloween by inviting us to join in on the famous hayrides. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time, and may you take solace in all of the fun memories you made together.
Kelly (Harrison), Zach and Mack Gilliland (Eagan, MN)
5:18PM Jul 14th, 2017
Dear Sharon, Ted and I are so sorry to hear of your loss. You are in our our thoughts & prayers at this difficult time.
Jennifer &Ted Cramer/Wismer (Lincoln, NE)
3:32PM Jul 14th, 2017
Sharon and family I am so sorry to hear of Dales passing. Enjoyed talking to him so much whenever I was visiting in Hickman. God bless.
Jeanette Kandler (LaSalle, MI)
9:19AM Jul 14th, 2017
So sorry to hear of your loss. God Bless, -Scott & Kay Haight
Scott Haight (Butte, MT)
6:55AM Jul 14th, 2017
Dear Sharon and family, You have our deepest sympathies. We will miss seeing Dale out and about and the conversations we had. Dale was a community leader and a friend.
Kevin and Julia Farringer (Hickman, NE)
7:31AM Jul 13th, 2017
Dale was one of the first that I met when we moved to Hickman and he befriended Jillian and I at a Norris football game. We became fast friends and I so enjoyed all of the time spent with he and Sharon. I will certainly miss is huge heart, contagious smile and most of all his laugh. Love to all of you.
Katrinka Dicke (Waverly, NE)
5:04PM Jul 12th, 2017
Our condelesces to Sharon and all of Dale's family. His legacy will live in the memory of Hickman and Norris families for a long time. He was truly a remarkable individual. Please know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of many others. May you each be blessed during this difficult time.
Janet and Larry Grosshans (Firth, NE)
3:07PM Jul 12th, 2017
With Heartfelt Thoughts of Sympathy: Expressing deepest sympathy, and hoping you will find comfort in knowing others care and are near in thought today. Dale always promoted fairness and demanded accountability. Enjoyed my time working with with the Harlan Family.
Brett, Noelle, Delainy & Kiernan Baker (Seward, NE)
8:40AM Jul 12th, 2017
Todd Todd and Lori Becky and Van Sorry to hear of your loss. Thoughts for all of you during this difficult time. He did a lot over the years for many organizations. We appreciate all he did to help make Norris what it is.
Charlotte Brotherson (Panama, NE)
4:45PM Jul 11th, 2017
Sorry to hear of Dale's passing. Rodney was very fond of Dale having known him since the early 50's. Rodney completed a number of remodeling and construction projects at Harlan properties over the years and enjoyed these projects. Dale will be greatly missed.
2:41PM Jul 11th, 2017
God bless.......
Jamy Scott (Adams, NE)

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