Harlan was born April 2, 1938 in Milton, ND the son of Albert and Vera (Irwin) Bowles. He attended school in Milton and graduated in May of 1956. He entered the military in the fall of 1956, serving in the army as a medic. As Harlan would say, “I served hardship duty being stationed in Hawaii”. Private 1st Class Bowles was honorably discharged in July of 1958.
Harlan married Helen Heigaard on September 26, 1959 in Gardar and they made their home in Grand Forks, ND. During this time Harlan worked at Valley Lumber. They returned to Milton in 1966 when Harlan began farming with his brother.
Harlan is survived by his wife of 60 years, Helen, children: Kelly (David) Honl, Lidgerwood, ND; James (Sandy) Bowles, West Fargo, ND; Kristine Boehm, Grand Forks, ND; five grandchildren: Kaylyn, Ryan (Rachel), Jacob, Ciara and Michael. He is also survived by his sisters: Helen (Robert) Torrrance, Milton, ND and Margaret Ekdahl, Red Wing, MN along with several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, two infant children: Kelly Lynn and Michael Keith, brother and sister-in-law, John “Jack” & Laurel Bowles and brother-in-law, Cliff Ekdahl.
Private family services will be held on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at the Milton Lutheran Church. A video of the funeral services will be posted to Harlan’s obituary on the Tollefson Funeral Home Website following the service on Tuesday. A celebration of Harlan’s life and inurnment will be held later in 2021.