Harlan Joseph Whitmer was born October 28, 1921, in Wilson, Kansas. He passed from this world in the home he built near Lyons Colorado on August 29, 2010, under the care of hospice.
October 28, 1921 - August 29, 2010
Harlan served his country in the 89th Infantry Division of the Army during World War II.
After moving to Colorado he worked in management at Gould and Bestop Manufacturing in Longmont.
Growing up in Kansas, Harlan was a star athlete and later played semi-professional baseball for a time. He remained an avid sports fan all his life.
Harlan loved the mountains and all the animals around him. He and Eldora raised beagles for many years.
A self-sufficient man, he took great pleasure in many hobbies and interests including building and repairing snowshoes. He was also an excellent stone mason. Many examples of his work live on in the St. Vrain Canyon and surrounding areas.
Harlan had a talent for spotting treasures that one of his friends might need, and was known to rehabilitate tools and various things that others could use.
His workshop was his refuge and social center. It was well know in the neighborhood, where many would drop by for tools or parts and advice. Or they may just stop by for a story or two, maybe a cold beverage and listen to some great music. He was a stellar friend to many and he will be missed.
Harlan is survived by his wife and best friend of 63, years Eldora Whitmer of Lyons, Colorado; his daughter Dixie Johnson of Corning Arkansas, two nephews, Bill and Teddy and one niece Twila, all of Indianapolis, Indiana.
Services to be held on Thursday, September 2, at 3 p.m. at the Crist Mortuary Chapel, 3395 Penrose Place, Boulder. To share memories and leave condolences, please visit www.cristmortuary.com.