Obituary - Harlan L. Krass


Last updated 11/6/2020 at 12:37pm

Harlan Krass

Harlan Krass of Hogeland passed away November 3, 2020, at the Sweet Nursing Home in Chinook of complications of COVID-19. 

Harlan L. Krass was born in St. Paul, Minnesota January 22, 1929. He was the only child born to Lewis and Hilda (Agrelius) Krass.  

Harlan started school in the third grade at the age of 6 at the Wing School southwest of his home. He attended Hogeland High School and graduated in 1945 at age 16. He graduated from Northern Montana College and graduated with an agricultural degree in 1947. He furthered his education by attending Montana State in Bozeman pursuing a degree in engineering.  

He joined his father in farming until he was drafted in 1955 into the U.S. Army, where he was stationed in Camp Zama, Japan as a clerk typist. He had an honorable discharge in June of 1956 and returned to the family farm. 

After his return from serving his country, he continued dating a neighbor girl, Jane Rafter. They dated until marriage September 15, 1957. To this union six children were born, Linda, Cynthia, Diana, Lorin, Anita, and Hilary.  

He retired back home on the family farm in 2009 after surviving a hemorrhagic brain bleed and a hip replacement. He loved being back with his family, but it was obvious even later when dementia struck him, he still wanted to work and that's where his heart was. He loved his family,  his faith, and his beloved feline friend "Blackie." 

He is survived by his wife, Jane, of 63 years; his children, Linda (Darel) of Turner, Cynthia of Billings, Diana (Randy) of Turner, Lorin (Jill) of Hogeland, Anita (Steve) of Turner, and Hilary (Tim) of Harlem; grandchildren, Adam Hauge, Evan Hauge, Jessica Reed, Lindsey Reed, Garrett Maloney, Gavin Maloney, Shania Maloney, Clayton Krass, Shyan Krass, Dakota Krass, Willie Krass, Lucas Reed, Brooke Reed, Bridget Reed, Hannah Richman, Natalie Richman; great-grandchildren, Davion Reed, Caleb Hauge, Noland Hauge, and Tessa Hauge. 

Memorials may be made to Hogeland or Turner Lutheran Church, Turner Park, or Blaine County II Ambulance.


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