Harlan Eugene Wilts

OBITUARY - Harlan Eugene Wilts



Harlan Eugene Wilts, age 74 of Big Lake passed away at Centra Care Health of Monticello on Monday October 21, 2013.  Visitation will be Friday October 25, 2013 from 4 PM to 8 PM at Church of Mary of the Visitation, 440 Lake Street North, Big Lake.  Further visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral at the church on Saturday.   Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday October 26, 2013 at 10 AM at Church of Mary of the Visitation with Fr. Gene Doyle officiating.  Interment will be at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Cemetery of Big Lake.  Funeral arrangements are with the Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel of Monticello.
Harlan was born on November 18, 1938 in Murdock, MN to William and Evelyn (Vadnais) Wilts.  In 1952, he moved to Big Lake and graduated from Big Lake High School in 1957.  He was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, Muriel Walters, in 1959.  He worked as a machinist in Minneapolis for 46 years, and farmed in Big Lake at the same time.  In his retirement, Harlan loved to spend time at the Lake Café in Big Lake with his adopted daughters, the waitresses and staff.
He is survived by his three sons, Robert (Judy) of Big Lake, Tom (Sue King) of Sturgis, SD, Bill of Hopkins;  grandchildren Jamie Wilts, Michael (Patty) Wilts, Jami Bahle, Blake Rave, Katie Ott;  and sisters Joann (Gary) Kramber and Karen (Hugh) Hudson.  Harlan was preceded in death by his parents, William and Evelyn;  and his wife, Muriel.   


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