Harlan Christopher Barekman, age 84, of Monett, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009, at Cox-Monett Hospital.
Harlan was born on July 19, 1925, in Colfax, Ill., the son of the late Christopher C. and Blanche Agnes Worstell Barekman.
Harlan served his country by enlisting in the United States Navy during World War II. He was honorably discharged on November 13, 1945. Harlan retired as the Superintendent of Utilities with the City of Monett.
He was a lifetime member of the Hobbs Anderson Post #91 of American Legion in Monett; the Tom Wolfe V.F.W. Post #4207 of Monett; past president of Monett Senior Citizens Center; a member of the First United Methodist Church, in Monett; and a member of the Missouri Municipal League.
Harlan married Ruth Ann Lyle on Oct. 5, 1951 in Lincoln, Ill. She preceded him in death on Sept. 16, 1995.
Survivors include one son: Rodney Barekman, of Springfield; one daughter: Debra Barekman, of Monett; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a long-time friend, Mary McKee, of Monett.
Graveside services for Mr. Barekman will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009, at the East Lawn Cemetery in Bloomington, Ill.
The family will receive friends at the Buchanan Funeral Home Chapel from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 29.
Memorial contributions have been requested to the American Legion Post #91.
Arrangements are under the personal care and direction of Buchanan Funeral Home, of Monett. Online condolences can be made at www.buchananfuneralhomemonett.com.