Harlan J. Laney

June 12, 1922 - Jan. 28, 2006

Harlan J. Laney, 83, of Dousman, and a former longtime Elkhorn resident, died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2006, at AngelsGrace Hospice in Oconomowoc.

He was born June 12, 1922, in the town of Ottawa, the son of Dugald and Kathryn (Stuhr) Laney. Harlan attended Ottawa No. 1 Grade School and was a 1940 graduate of Waukesha High School. He attended the Aero Institute of Technology in California and later graduated from Waukesha Institute of Technology. Harlan joined the U.S. Air Force in 1943 and served until the end of World War II. He was a member of the 9th Bomber Group and was a mechanic working on B-29 bombers on Tinian Island in the South Pacific. He was later a private pilot and sergeant with the Waukesha Squadron Civil Air Patrol and had flown search and rescue missions.

Harlan married Frances Bowe on Aug. 6, 1946, in Dousman. He was an elder in Ottawa at First Presbyterian Church and worked with his father on the Oak Knoll Heritage farm that was established in 1842 by his ancestors from Ireland. Harlan and Fran moved to Elkhorn in 1966 and was employed by Oak Industries. He was a mechanic for the Jones School Bus business and then became manager of Safeline Bus Service in the Elkhorn School District until his retirement.

Harlan was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Elkhorn where he taught Sunday school. He was a member of the Elkhorn Kiwanis Club, serving as vice president, president and secretary.

Survivors include his wife, Frances Laney; his daughters, Susan Laney of Chicago, Karen (Steve) Swan of Green Bay and Laurie Laney of Hollywood, Fla.; and his son, Jonathan (Julie) Laney of Oakpark, Ill. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Melissa and Kristin Swan and Devon and Dylan Laney; his sister, Janice Haire of Palmyra, Va.; his sister-in-law, Dorothy (Walter) Howard of Hudson; and nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, 2006, at Elkhorn First United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Dr. Hong-Lim Park officiating. Visitation will be at the church from 11 a.m. Saturday until the service time.

Memorials can be made to the Harlan and Frances Laney Endowment High School Scholarship or to the charity of your choice.

Betts Funeral Home of Elkhorn, 723-2616, is serving the family.