Hunting 09

Harlan K. Dettman

December 8, 1943 ~ February 8, 2022 (age 78)


             Harlan Kenneth Dettman, 78, of McGregor, Iowa died at the Elkader Care Center Tuesday, February 8, 2022.  Harlan was born on December 8, 1943 to Norbert and Mildred (Nuehring) Dettman southwest of Garnavillo, Iowa at the farm where his grandparents were living.  Shortly after he was born he moved with his family to the farm south of Luana, Iowa.  He attended country school and graduated from M-F-L in 1961.  Harlan was enlisted in the Army National Guard for seven years. 

            Harlan was united in marriage to Karla Vorwald on June 22, 1968 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Garnavillo, Iowa.  He worked at John Deere Dubuque Tractor Works for several years while farming part-time north of Garnavillo before moving south of McGregor to farm full-time.  Harlan loved farming, being in the timber, gardening, hunting and fishing.  He especially loved coon, duck and deer hunting and when he was younger fox hunting with friends and family.  He spent a lot of time fishing for catfish and ice fishing on the Mississippi River.  Harlan suffered a stroke in 2013, but was able to stay at home until 2018 when he became a resident of the Elkader Care Center. 

            Harlan is survived by his wife Karla; their children Aaron (Nicole) Dettman of McGregor, Katy Dettman of Chicago, Illinois, and Connie (Dan) Rose of McGregor and three grandchildren, Carly, Henry and Lydia; his brother Owen (Twila) Dettman of McGregor, and sister-in-law Bridget Dettman of McGregor; his aunt Norma Lehne, Monticello, Wisconsin; sister-in-law Joanne Vorwald of Monona, Iowa and brother and sister-in-law Lloyd (Pat) Vorwald of Holy Cross, Iowa and many nieces, nephews and cousins. 

            Harlan was preceded in death by his parents Norbert and Mildred Dettman; brother Marlin Dettman; father and mother-in-law Jack and Agnes Vorwald; brothers and sisters-in-law Harold Vorwald, Mary and Dale Dettman, Janice and Leo Elsbury and Joyce Vorwald; nephew Richard Curran and cousin Harold Nuehring. 

            In Lieu of flowers and all other styles of sympathy the family requests memorials to the Elkader and or McGregor EMS and Fire Departments.  

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