WW2 veteran Harlan W Doeschot Sr, 93, of Firth, NE went home to his heavenly father on 12/16/18 in his rural Firth home surrounded by his family.
Harlan was born on a farm near Firth on October 27, 1925 to Edward and Eva Doeschot. Harlan was the oldest of 3 boys. 1st through 8th grade, Harlan attended a one room school house near Pella Church in southern Lancaster County and he graduated from Firth High School in 1943. At 18 years old in March of 1944, Harlan was drafted into the U.S. Army Infantry and did his basic training at Camp Fanin, TX. From late 1945 through 1946, Harlan served 14 months in occupied Japan as a Sergeant. At the end of his tour, Harlan returned home to Firth.
On 3/4/1948 Harlan married Goldie Kats of Holland, NE. Harlan and Goldie were married for 62 wonderful years and had 6 children. Harlan and Goldie started out farming and eventually moved to raising purebred beef cattle in the late 1960’s. Over his 45 years of raising purebreds, Harlan became one of the most respected cattlemen in the country. He was known for his innovation, his understanding of genetics, and his strong determination. Harlan co-founded Golden Link Inc, Barrister Breeders and, in 1983, the Braunvieh Association of America; when he was the first person in over 100 years to import this breed of cattle into the United States from Switzerland.
Although Harlan had success in business, he always strived to put his faith and family first. He was a lifetime member of the Pella Reformed Church. He consistently showed grace to others and his house was always open for neighbors, friends and family. He loved to visit. Harlan greatly enjoyed and cared deeply about his family. Their happiness was never far from his mind or his prayers. He was a strong and faithful Christian son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He has left us a Godly legacy. We love you and miss you.
Harlan was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Eva Doeschot and his wife Goldie. His survivors include his brothers Paul and Loyal Doeschot, both of Panama; his children, Sheryl and husband Don Kroese of Adams, Rachel and husband Blaine Richards of Grafton, Neb., Peggy and husband Jon Immink of Endicott, Neb., Lola and her husband Kendall Schlake of Fairbury, Neb., Harlan Jr. Doeschot and his wife Missy of Adams, Charlotte and her husband Ron TeBrink of Denton, Neb.; 26 grandchildren; and numerous great grandchildren.
Visitation is on Thursday December 20, 2018 at Metcalf Funeral Home in Firth beginning at 2 p.m. with family greeting friends from 6 to 8 p.m.
Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday December 21, 2018 at Pella Reformed Church, 16101 Pella Rd., Adams, NE. Pastor Kyle Helmink officiating. Burial at Pella Cemetery.
Memorials to grandson missionaries Jordan Schlake and Garrett Schlake, send to C/O Lola Schlake, 71310 500 & 70th Ave., Fairbury, Nebraska, 68352