Harlan K. Dettman

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Harlan Kenneth Dettman, 78, of McGregor, Iowa, died at the Elkader Care Center Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022. 

Harlan was born on Dec. 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, Ill., 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; 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. Arrangements are being handled by Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home of Guttenberg, Iowa. All funeral services are private.

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