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Harlan Dean White

August 4, 1929 — February 18, 2019

HAWARDEN, IOWA – Harlan Dean White, 89 of rural Hawarden, went to be with his Lord on Monday, February 18, 2019.

   Memorial Service will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 23, 2019 at the First Baptist Church in Hawarden with Pastor Stuart Schreur officiating. Flag presentation will be conducted by the Two Oaks American Legion Post #254 of Hawarden. Visitation with the family present will be from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Fellowship Hall at the First Baptist Church. The Porter Funeral Home is assisting the family. Condolences may be sent to The family prefers memorials be directed to the First Baptist Church or Hospice of Siouxland.

   Dean was born August 4, 1929 in Ireton, Iowa, the son of E. Garfield and Oleiva Anna (Pierre) White. He attended Ireton Elementary School and graduated from Hawarden High School in 1946. He worked for Calliope Ice Company on the Big Sioux River partnering with Don Schlueter. He served his country in the US Army on the front lines during the Korean War and was discharged as a Corporal in 1953.

   Dean and Jean Ann Davis eloped on December 3, 1954 in Luverne, Minnesota. Dean started working for Van Buskirk Construction and traveled before returning home to farm the Brunskill Farm in west Hawarden, South Dakota for 38 years.

   He was a member of the First Baptist Church and the Two Oaks American Legion Post 254 of Hawarden. He enjoyed being outside and spent many hours grating driveways and tilling gardens. Dean and Jean maintained a large garden including watermelon and sweet corn. They enjoyed raising miniature horses for many years.

   Survivors include his wife, Jean Ann; one daughter, Cynthia (Terry) Waterman of Hawarden; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, Traci (Shane) Niewenhuis of Corsica, South Dakota and their children Ryder, Lane, and

Aspen Niewenhuis; Kyle (Kimberly) Waterman of Hawarden and their children Camden and Collins Waterman; Andrew Waterman of Brookings, South Dakota; and Alex Waterman of Gillette, Wyoming; two nieces and a nephew.

   Dean was preceded in death by his parents; a sister Mary Holmes and her husband Earnie; and two nieces.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Friday, February 22, 2019

6:00 - 7:30 pm (Central time)

Calvin Christian Reformed Church

1804 17th Ave, Rock Valley, IA 51247

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Memorial Service

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Starts at 10:30 am (Central time)

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