Jerry Harlow loses cancer battle
Gerald “Jerry” Harlow, 77, of Drayton, N.D., passed away at Valley Memorial Center in Grand Forks, N.D., on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, after a short, courageous battle with
Jerry as born on March 6, 1935, at Drayton, to Theodore and Irma (McKeever) Harlow. He attended grade school in Drayton and high school in Crookston, Minn.
He married Marjorie Cox on April 5, 1953, in Grafton, N.D.
He entered the U.S. Army in 1954, serving two years in the Korean War.
Jerry worked for Raney Farms of Drayton, Boeing in California, Ryan Farms in Gilby, N.D., and the Drayton Elevator. In 1967, he moved his family to Cavalier, N.D., and worked for Cominco and Simplot and manager until his retirement in 1991.
After retirement, Jerry and Marge moved back to Drayton to live on the Harlow family farm. He farmed for a few years and enjoyed helping neighbors with the sugar beet harvest.
Jerry and Marge spent the past 17 years wintering in Edinburg, Texas.
Jerry was a member of the Drayton United Methodist Church and Drayton American Legion. He also served many years on the Lincoln Township Board.
Jerry enjoyed socializing with family and friends, reading and going for rides in the country. He also enjoyed camping and hunting deer.
Family members include his wife of 59 years and 11 months, Marjorie; three children, Renae (Elton) Heuchert of St. Thomas, N.D., Rodney (Judy) Harlow of Mobridge, and William (Tammy) Harlow of Grand Forks; seven grandchildren, Stephanie (Jason) Peterson of Grand Forks, Carissa (Justin) Aberle of Mobridge, Heidi (Brady) Dunbar of Sturgis, Susanna Harlow of Mobridge, Tyler (Jamie) Harlow of St. Thomas, N.D., Troy (Victoria) Harlow currently stationed with the Air Force in Germany, and Mikayla Harlow of Grand Forks; and six great-grandchildren. Jerry is also survived by his many relative and friends in North Dakota and Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant sister, Mary Beth, and two infant brothers, John and William.
Memorial services were held Saturday, March 2, 2013, at the Drayton United Methodist Church. Austin Funeral Home of Drayton was in charge of the arrangements.