Harlon Ekvall, 89 |
Jan. 24, 1927 — April 21, 2016
Harlon “Harley” Ekvall, 89, of West Bend, passed away Thursday, April 21, 2016, at his home surrounded by family. He was born Jan. 25, 1927, at home on the family farm to the late Willis and Myrtle (nee Markee) Ekvall in Marshfield.
Harley took over the family farm at age 17 after his father became ill. He was gifted in mechanics and could fix just about anything, such as installing running water in his parents’ house while still in high school.
He married Colleen Sullivan in 1949 and raised their three children on the family farm. He farmed a 160-acre dairy farm until age 42. After selling the farm, Harley worked at Maurer’s Heating and Cooling in Marshfield, where he built and installed HVAC systems. Harley moved to West Bend to marry the love of his life, Diane Baka. They married in August of 1984 and had more than 31 wonderful years together! He worked for Tennies Hardware in West Bend until his children encouraged him to retire at age 79. Harley enjoyed performing magic tricks and juggling, especially for his grandchildren. He attended many of his grandchildren’s concerts and sporting events and took them sailing. Harley took flying lessons and loved the thrill of flying his ultra-light plane. He often attended the air show with his son Randy Ekvall or stepson Michael Baka. He was an avid reader and devoured books and magazines, especially about history. Harley was the model of a hardworking, honest person. He was a vivid storyteller and told many tales of life on the farm. Always kind, Harley was loved by all who knew him!
Those Harley leaves behind to cherish his memory include his loving wife, Diane; six children, Linda (Mike) Campbell, Randy (Mary) Ekvall, Laurel (Doug) Werhane, Michael (Evelyn) Baka, Mark (Sheila) Baka and Jackie (Roger) Caplinger; 12 grandchildren, Jake, Rob, Mark, Kevin, Jay, Chris, Shawn, Tyler, Shannon, Kyle, Brett and Keith; and seven great-grandchildren, Kyli, Chase, Logan, Colton, Alexis, Lydia and Leah.
Harley was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Willard and Wallace Ekvall; and a sister, Bonnie Hoekstra.
A memorial service in remembrance of Harlon will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at the Myrhum Patten Funeral Home (1315 W. Washington St., West Bend). Harlon’s family will greet family and friends at the funeral home from 2 p.m. until the time of service.
Memorials in Harlon’s name can be made to Season’s Hospice (6737 W. Washington St., West Allis, WI).
The Myrhum Patten Miller & Kietzer Funeral Homes have been entrusted with Harley’s arrangements. Additional information and guest book may be found at www.myrhum-patten.com.