Jean Harlan

  • Died: December 26, 2017
  • Location: Grabill, Indiana

D O McComb and Sons - Maplewood Park

4017 Maplecrest Rd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46815

Tel. (260) 426-9494

Tribute & Message From The Family

Jean Harlan, 83, went into the presence of her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at PRMC in Fort Wayne. Born in Bloomfield, IN, Jean completed her undergraduate work from Findlay College and later graduated with her Master's degree from Clarion University. She worked as a teacher for over 40 years in five different states while serving alongside her husband as a Pastor's wife. She was a member of the Churches of God General Conference and most recently attended Trier Ridge Community Church. Jean had a passion for teaching, and welcoming others into her home. Most of all she loved her family. Surviving are her husband, Rev. Lloyd Harlan of Grabill, IN; her children, Melinda (Steven) Moffitt of Wooster, OH; Michael (Cathy) Harlan of Lewisville, TX; Monty (Janette) Harlan of Albion, IN; and Michelle (Mark) Goeglein of Harrisonville, MO; son-in-law, Ken Walters of Colorado Springs, CO; 14 grandchildren; 1 great-grandson; brother, Ron (Sue) Sparks of Bloomfield, IN; sister, Carol Sparks of Bloomfield, IN. Jean was preceded in death by her daughter, Melanie Walters; 2 grandchildren, Marcus and Moriah Goeglein; parents, D. and Ophia Sparks; and sister, Betty Miller. Service is 10:30 am, Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at Trier Ridge Community Church, 7501 Hessen Cassel Rd, with calling one hour prior. Calling also at D. O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Rd on Monday, January 1, 2018 from 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm. Burial in Stony Point Cemetery, Kosciusko County. Memorials may be made to the Bear Lake Camp. To sign the online guest book, go to


Condolence & Memory Journal

Harlan Family-
So very sorry foe your loss. Also, sorry I couldn't be there as I didn't find out until afterwards. Mrs. Harlan was an amazing 2nd mom as I was growing up next to all of you. Will never forget our yearly Cedar Point rendezvous. The memories and the love she showed will always be with me. May God grant you the Peace and Hope that comes from His Grace. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Steve Robinson - Plymouth, MI - Family Friend   January 10, 2018

The first person to welcome us to our new home 2 years ago was Jean. She and Lloyd brought us a bag of some of the best peaches I have ever had. She also left her phone numbers in case we needed anything. Due to our crazy work schedules we didn't get to visit much but in the short time we did have with her it was clear the couple next door was very special people. I thank God for her friendship and for letting us get to know her. She will be missed but I know she will be watching from above over her family - which was her pride and joy. May God be you and comfort the family in this time of grief.

Posted by John & Cindy Baltes - Grabill, IN - Neighbor   January 02, 2018

It is always hard on me as the old scar gets opened up as things come back to me. I know she is in a better place with no pain an reuniting with those old friends, my parents. Memory is one thing that death can't erase as those memories go when your gone. I can't recall hardly any of the early times. When I was over there to her house it always seemed to be Mike H or Mike W in which it must have been a lesson as I would work with Mike's as the years have come an gone. The number one memory for me was the meatball story. Which she told me about some years ago. My mother said she didn't know if I would eat Jeans cooking. I ate the meatballs. In Christmas times past I would go out usually around Christmas time. I would join for eats. I don't know how many times meatballs was on the table. It always seemed like it. They wasn't ones she made but I would tease about the meatballs. I will stop as I think I could go on as we were friends for many years.

Posted by Michael Wicks - Yoder, IN - Friend   January 01, 2018

Jean was a great person with a great family. It was always a joy to visit with Jean and Lloyd when they visited they son Michael in Texas. We will always remember her.

Posted by The Purvis Family - Highland Village, TX - Friend   January 01, 2018

Jean always had a smile on her face, whether at the Camp greeting people, or at the hospital when Lloyd was in. She graduated the joy of the Lord, and Pam and I will miss her. Love to the family!

Posted by Steve Johnson - Columbia!his City, IN - Friend   January 01, 2018

A beautiful lady, inside and out. My children adored her. Heaven has gained another angel

Posted by Deb Clemens - Upper Sandusky, OH - Friend   December 31, 2017

Dear Michelle and family,
Dave, June and I are so sorry for the passing of your mom. We have prayed for incredible peace, and a multitude of sweet memories and thoughts of the wonderful life God gave all of you together as a loving family. Thinking of you and we will continue to keep you in our prayers. Blessings, Allyson Cook

Posted by Allyson Cook - Harrisonville, MO - Friend   December 31, 2017

We were so very sorry to hear of your loss. We have many fond memories of Jean and Lloyd and all your family during your time here at Congress Hill. Our deepest sympathy.
Gary and Betty Forsyth

Posted by Betty Forsyth - Franklin, PA   December 30, 2017

The years of love and respect have been many, The experiences shared many and varied. Unfortunately we can not be with you, Lloyd and family, at this time. Barb is not able to travel that distance and I am in extended care at Birchaven. How we wish we could share our thoughts and prayers with each of you. We rejoice in Jean's faith in Jesus Christ, respect her highly as a servant of God, wife and mother. May God bless each of you and provide for each of you according to your personal needs. Thanks and Praise be to God for hope, peace, joy and resources that come through our Savior and Lord.

Posted by Pastor Richard and Barbara Wilkin - Findlay, OH - Family Friend   December 30, 2017

Harlan Family~
We grieve with you in the loss of your wife, mother and grandmother. I know she will be sorely missed by her loved ones here on earth and welcomed joyously by her loved ones in heaven.

Posted by Ronda Rockey - Bloomfield, IN - Family Friend   December 30, 2017

We are so sorry for you loss.

Posted by Reida Zezula - Ft. Wayne, IN - Friend   December 29, 2017

May you feel the arms of Heavenly Father wrapped around you to comfort you. Norma JeanYDZSK always remembered my mom (Aunt Martha Blanche Sparks) and me sending us cards & pictures of our Indiana family. She is truly missed & I regret that I was not able to know her better. With love, Nancy Moore Wilson (cousin)

Posted by Nancy Moore Wilson - FALLBROOK, CA - Family   December 29, 2017

Words cannot express how much we will miss Jean. But glad she is getting her rewards in heaven. Bless you all for taking such good care of her.

Posted by LuAnne Yorke - Fort Wayne, IN - Family Friend   December 29, 2017

She was a very sweet lady that I've known all my life. We used to have such fun visiting the family in Michigan as kids, and PA once as teenagers. Heaven got a sweet angel. Grieve for yourselves, but be joyous for Jean! ❤

Posted by Cory Wilcoxson - Noblesville, IN - Family Friend   December 29, 2017

Lloyd, Monty & Jeanette, Melinda & Steve, Michelle & Mark, Michael & Cathy:

Our deepest condolences in Jean's passing. She touched many lives, young and old. She was a constant companion and support in your ministry, Lloyd. We witnessed her gentle spirit and strong faith.
There is no doubt she heard the words: "Well done, good and faithful servant. Come and share your master's happiness!"

Our prayers for you,
Doug & Judy Nolt

Posted by Doug & Judy Nolt - INDIAN HEAD, PA - Friend   December 29, 2017

Our hearts ache for you. Jean was such a wonderful friend, loved her family, and God. Our times together were so very precious and never forgotten. Love you Lloyd and family.

Posted by Jim and Carolyn Martin - Columbia City, IN - Friend   December 29, 2017

Sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Brad Herman - Mount Eaton, OH   December 28, 2017

Dear Friends, May the angles sit with each of you and may your family be comforted. Jean was the epitome of the words "a good person" . She lived her Faith, and lead by example..I always enjoyed talking with Jean and Pastor Harlan, I was uplifted by their words and truly was blessed by their kindness and friendship.God be with each of you..

Posted by Dot Contrascere - Mt.Clare, WV - Friend   December 28, 2017

Dear Lloyd & family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Jean was such a lovely woman, inside and out. Her love for others shone through her whole life. She will be missed, but will always live in our memories. May God bless and comfort you. From Bob & Judy (Anglin) Douglas

Posted by Judy Douglas - Bradenton, FL - Friend   December 28, 2017

Lloyd and family you have our deepest sympathy jean will be really missed here but heaven has got a great gal. I am sure that Melanie is so excited to be with her mom again.Jean was a great teacher. Love you all

Posted by Jim and sandy Morr - Roanoke, IN - Family Friend   December 28, 2017

Pasyor Harlan & family, Sending my sincere condolences in the loss of Jean. She was such a wonderful lady! Sending many prayers for all of you!

Posted by Sheila Grossman Sims - Ontario, OH - Friend   December 28, 2017

What a beautiful Grandmother you had, Aaron. She surely passed her good heart on to you. Prayers of comfort for you and your family. May you enjoy the time to share memories in honor of her.

Posted by Lindsley Grebenik - Colorado Springs, CO - Friend   December 28, 2017

You folks have our sympathy and prayers.

Posted by Lois and Glenn Beatty - Latrobe, PA - Friend   December 28, 2017

Pastor Harlan and family,
I am so very sorry for your loss. Jean was such a kind and sweet lady. My prayers are with you all.

Posted by Jill (Wright) Huff - Mansfield, OH - Friend   December 28, 2017

My deepest sympathy to you, Pastor Harlan and your family. Mrs. Harlan was always so sweet and kind to me.

Posted by Patty Banton (Poorman) - Pleasant Garden, NC - Friend   December 28, 2017

A lovely Godly woman will be missed.

Posted by Dan/Andria Smith - Family Friend   December 28, 2017


Monty and family

Ur thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

Rose and Janet

Posted by Janet Hurd - Columbia city, IN - Acquaintance   December 28, 2017

Family Album

Life Stories

Norma Jean, Betty, and Ronald are the closest cousins Gary & I had growing up. We spent a lot of time at Aunt Ophie & Uncle Doris' the few times my dad (Wallace Ervin Moore) drove our family to Indiana to visit Grandma & Grandpa Sparks. Norma Jean had already moved away when we visited, but I'm sure she gave us hugs when our mom (Martha Blanche Sparks) took us to stay with Grandma & Grandpa when we were toddlers while daddy was over seas in the Marine Corps. Norma Jean always kept in touch with my mom and sent me Christmas pictures & letters. She sent me a white Bible as a wedding present. She called to comfort me when my mom had a stroke and passed away. She shared stories of growing up with my mom and the birthday party my mom gave her. I always dreamed of spending more time in Indiana and getting to know my cousins. I am so thankful for a Heavenly Father who is there to welcome Norma Jean and the wrap His arms around her family & friends to comfort us. With love, Nancy Moore Wilson


Thank you for these memories Nancy; they are very special. I remember stories of Aunt Martha Blanche and knew of the California branch of the Sparks family. I wish we could meet!
Melinda Harlan Moffitt