Harlan was born April 28, 1932, in Ruthven, Ia., the son of Elzie and Eva (Parker) Bigger. He graduated Silver Lake High school in 1950 before earning a BA from the University of Northern Iowa (Cedar Falls) and a MA from the University of Northern Colorado (Greeley). Harlan also did some post masters work towards a Ph.D. at the University of Iowa, University of Maryland and Mankato State University. He was stationed in Germany while serving two years in the Army during the Korean War. Harlan taught school and coached for approximately 50 years at Rockwell, Ia. (6), Mankato State College (3) and the rest at Mason City High School. During that time he also officiated baseball, softball, basketball and football games. He retired from teaching in 1995. He enjoyed playing golf, bowling, and taking care of Squirrel Haven, his four acre home.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Rita; children: Terry Schultz, Brett (Anita) Bigger, Jeaneal (Patrick) Weeks, and Michael (Denise) Bigger; and grandchildren: Isaiah and Kiley Bigger, Brad and Angela Bigger, Evan and Tarah Schultz, and Marshall Weeks.
Harlan was preceded in death by his parents; infant son, Bradley; and brother, Elden.
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Arrangements are being handled by Major Erickson Funeral Home & Crematory in Mason City.