Harland E. Mears, 86, of Harvey died Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, at the St. Aloisius Hospital in Harvey. His funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at St. Cecilia Catholic Church, Harvey. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be today, Nov. 13, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Hertz Funeral Home, Harvey, with prayer services at the funeral home today at 7 p.m.
Harland E. Mears was born on Feb. 16, 1926, on the family farm near Wolford, N.D. He was the son of Simon and Marion (Arnold) Mears. He was delivered by a midwife, Mary Baker. He attended country school near Wolford and high school in Rugby.
He served in the Army from 1954 to 1956 and was stationed in Virginia. After his discharge in 1956 he returned to Rugby and worked for his brother on a farm and for James Romig as an electrician. Harland started working for Otter Tail Power Company in 1958.
Harland and Jeanette E. Mahler were married on June 6, 1959, in Bottineau. He served in the Rugby, Michigan, Devils Lake and Harvey Otter Tail Divisions as a lineman and service representative. He retired in Harvey in March 1991. Jeanette died on July 9, 2010.
Harland's hobbies were woodworking, visiting with friends in his yard or at a local cafe, walking and working in the yard. He also enjoyed playing pinochle and dollar hamburger nights at the Eagles Club. Harland was a member of the St. Cecilia Catholic Church, Harvey Knights Of Columbus Council, American Legion Post and the Wells Eagles Aerie # 3080, all in Harvey.
Harland is survived by: daughters, Marilyn (Mark) Demory, of Harvey, Sandra (Steve) Anderson, of Moorhead, Minn.; son, Dennis (Valerie) Mears, of Milbank, SD; eight grandchildren, Eric and his wife Sascha Demory, of Minot, Kristin and her husband, Jacob Stoltz, of Williston, Jessica Demory, of Harvey; Bailey and Brady Anderson, of Moorhead; Mackenzie, Nicholas and Andrew Mears, of Milbank, S.D.; sister, Luella Avens, of Billings, Mont.; and mother-in-law, Aleda Mahler, of Harvey.
Harland was preceded in death by his parents; wife; two children at birth; brothers, Tom, Jim, John and Alex;and sister, Elizabeth Halvorson.
Harland always had a smile for everyone and it will be dearly missed.
Memorials are preferred to the donor's choice.