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Obituaries > HARLAN, FORREST I.

Forrest Ilo Harlan, formerly of Des Moines and Ames, IA, passed away peacefully on January 29, 2016 in Centennial, CO. Forrest was born November 5, 1921 in Chapin, IA. In 1940 he graduated from East High School in Des Moines, IA where he was a high school state wrestling champion in the 135-pound weight division. Forrest received the Purple Heart for serving his country in WW II from 1942-1945, as a Sergeant in the Marine Corps with the Marine Raiders 1st Division in the Pacific. Forrest was a longtime resident of Ames, IA for 54 years (1955-2009) where he was employed by ISU in management for the university’s Physical Plant. Forrest retired from ISU after 29 years and in retirement he continued with traveling, playing golf, reading and fishing. Forrest is survived by his wife of 69 years Alyce Louise Harlan. Family members include Jody Harlan Shea and James Shea of Parker, CO, Stan Harlan of Des Moines, IA, 6 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren and Sharon King of Des Moines, IA. Forrest was preceded in death by his beloved brother, Stanley Valentine Harlan. The family will honor Forrest’s wishes to be cremated and to have no other services held. Memorials may be directed to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.