Harlan Wilson Strand was born on July 14, 1927, in Montevideo, MN to Wilson and Myrtle (Barsness) Strand. He grew up in Montevideo and was very active in the Boy Scouts earning his Eagle Scout in 1944. Harlan graduated from Montevideo High School in 1945. He attended college and earned an Associate Degree in Accounting. Harlan worked at Swift and Company in Marshall as an accountant for 35 years until his retirement. Harlan loved traveling and took part in trips all across the world every spring and fall.
In 1991, Harlan got reunited with a high school classmate, Phyllis (Johnson) Redel. A year later, on July 18, 1992, the couple were married at the Alexandria Covenant Church in Alexandria. The couple made their home in Alexandria, and wintered in Sun City, AZ. Phyllis joined him on his annual trips in the spring and fall, visiting 14 countries together. He also enjoyed his rose gardens and was very proud of his accomplishment of 1st place in the Rose Club in Arizona. Harlan also enjoyed collecting stamps and coins and eating ice cream and cookies.
Harlan died on Monday, December 3, 2018, at Bethany On The Lake at the age of 91. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Strand of Alexandria; step-son, Lon (Colleen) Redel of Montevideo; step-daughter, Janell Thompson of Elk River; step-grandchildren, Tasha (Eric) Hafften, Amy Patrick, Jessica (Keith) Patrick, Waylon Thompson, Kristofer (Sally) Thompson, and 6 great-grandchildren; cousins, Peter (Kris) Barsness, Bye (Susan Maxwell) Barsness, Richard (Susan) Barsness, and Richard (Dotty) Barsness. Harlan is preceded in death by his parents, Wilson and Myrtle; and step-son-in-law, Don Urness.
A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 AM on Saturday, December 8, 2018, at the Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service on Saturday.