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Harlan J. Anglin
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Harlan J. Anglin

Born: May 27, 1926
Died: February 22, 2013

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Harlan “Harley” Anglin, 86, of Miller, passed away Friday, February 22, 2013 at the Avera Hand County Memorial Hospital, Miller.

Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at St. Liborius Catholic Church, Polo with Father Chester Murtha, celebrant.  Burial followed at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Polo.  Wake and Rosary service was held at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at the church.

On May 27, 1926, Tom and Frances (Kellen) Anglin were blessed with the arrival of their sixth of eight children, Joseph Harlan Anglin.  Harley grew up on a farm in the Polo area and attended school at St. Liborius grade school.  Growing up on the farm was fun for him and he liked (favorite thing to do) doing the chores.  He fed chickens, cows, sheep, pigs, and even milked cows.  He lived on the family farm with his folks until brother Tom and wife Fran moved to the farm.  In 1962, Harley and his parents moved to the home they built in Polo where he continued living after his parents died.

Harley was born with a physical handicap, but was never physically handicapped.  In his eyes, he was capable of doing whatever, same as any other man.  He worked for various local farmers as well as the Faulkton, Miller, Redfield and Gettysburg Sale Barns.  Wherever there was a job to be done, you would find Harley.  There was always time to do the obvious and endless “behind the scenes” jobs that needed doing around the church-school complex.  If you were to ask the town residents, the voices of praise would be unanimous that he kept check on their needs without being asked.  Loyalty was: Harley’s presence before each Mass to lead the rosary and call forth the community as he faithfully rang the bell at St. Liborius.

He enjoyed listening to Amos and Andy, Fibber Magee and Molly, Lone Ranger, and Bishop Sheen.  In 1944, Harley bought a light plant for $630 before the electricity came through.  It was good having the power.  In 1947, electricity came through so they hooked up to their power.

Harley moved to the Courtyard Villa in Miller in 2002.  He was still driving his car at this time.  He moved to the Good Samaritan Society of Miller on October 1, 2004, where he resided until his death.  He liked playing bingo and really enjoyed winning as the prize was always candy bars. One would often see Harley gallivanting around Miller in his motorized wheelchair with his caution flag waving.

He is survived by his brother, Tom (Fran) Anglin of Polo, SD; 12 nephews; 22 nieces; as well as many great nephews and nieces and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers: Jim, Bub, and Sel; three sisters: Aileen, Lollie, and Ethel and one niece, JoAnn Anglin.

Reck Funeral Home of Miller has been entrusted with Harlan’s arrangements.

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