Saturday, January 16, 2016

Dorchester's Max Harling Passes At 82

Longtime Dorchester resident and business owner Max D. Harling passed away Thursday at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Lincoln at the age of 82 years 11 months and 9 days.  He was a Korean War veteran and Purple Heart recipient.

A funeral will be 10 a.m. Monday, January 18, at the United Methodist Church, Dorchester with Pastor Thomas Tennant officiating. Interment will be in Dorchester Cemetery with military services conducted by the U.S. Marine Corps and Dorchester American Legion. The family will receive family and friends for one hour prior to the service on Monday at the church.  Memorials have been established to the Dorchester American Legion or to the Wilber Care Center.  Honorary pallbearers are Shelly Bruha and Ike McKim. 

Max Dale Harling was born February 5, 1933 on a farm southeast of Friend to James and Bernice (Aitken) Harling, the second of four children.  As a boy, Max moved with family to California and several locations in Nebraska and Wyoming. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on February 9, 1951, in Cheyenne, WY and was discharged on February 9, 1954, at El Toro, Santa Ana, California. While serving during the Korean Conflict, he received the Purple Heart on two separate occasions, along with several other medals. Returning from Korea, Max began his employment career at Klippenstein Implement in Friend and furthered his education earning a degree in Diesel Technology from Milford Technical School in 1959. On July 20, 1963, Max was united in marriage to Sharon Dee Rose and to this union a daughter, Rebecca, and a son, Patrick, were born, along with an infant son who passed away at birth. 

From 1962 until 1988, Max was employed at Crete Implement and later was self-employed at “Brand X Repair” in Dorchester until he retired in 1995. He was a member of the VFW #4959 in Crete, American Legion Post #264 in Dorchester and the Disabled American Veterans. 

Max is survived by his daughter Rebecca Harling and her husband, Buck Boje, of North Platte, his son, Patrick Harling, Fergus Falls, MN, a granddaughter, Samantha Rose Harling, Moorhead, MN, his brother and sister-in-law, Gary and Gail August, and his sister and brother-in-law, Carol and Ed Zak, and a number of nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, James Harling and Bernice August and his step-father, Floyd August, an infant son, his wife Sharon in 1989, two sisters, Virginia Inderlied and Melva Johnson, and a brother, Noel Harling.

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