Harlan C. Herald, 83, of Normal, passed away Saturday (Feb. 10, 2018) at OSF HealthCare St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.
Harlan was born Nov. 4, 1934, in Beaver Dam, Ky., the son of Hubert and Essie Phelps Herald. He married Jeroulene Frances Burgess on Nov. 18, 1953. She preceded him in death on March 24, 2015.
Surviving are their children, Gayle (Archie) Nowell, Connie Herald and Pastor Ed (Beth) Herald, all of Normal; nine grandchildren, Tara (Josh) Moss, Shane (Sheila) Nowell, Austin (Jene) Marshall, Scott (Amanda) Nowell, Chandella (Tom) Long, Joshua (Christy) Marshall, Brandon (Maraline) Herald, Jarrod (Elizabeth) Herald and Matthew (Amber) Herald; 31 great-grandchildren with two more on the way; three sisters, Ethel Taylor, Normal; Connie Wylie, Bloomington; and Darlene (Dennis) Koberlein, McLean.
He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers, Elmer, Roger, Willard and Floyd Herald.
Harlan was the president of the union at the Kathryn Beich Candy Co. and also plant manager for several years. He retired from Caterpillar where he was a salvage welder for over 20 years. Harlan was a longtime member of the Full Gospel Tabernacle Church in Heyworth. He was also a founding and current member of Victory Church in Bloomington.
Over the years, he touched a lot of lives with his music. He was part of the New Inspirations singing group and loved traveling and singing. He left a legacy of music to his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who now write songs and record music just as their Grandpa and Grandma Herald had. He also enjoyed taking camping trips with family and friends, and one of his greatest joys was snow birding with his wife and friends to Texas.
Harlan lived a faithful life trusting in Jesus, and that heritage continues in his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren who all serve the Lord faithfully. His greatest passion was his family; he was known by all as a loving and fun man and the Great Patriarch of the Herald family. Harlan missed the love of his life Jeroulene and is now safely at home with her.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Victory Church. His funeral will be at 11 a.m Friday at Victory. Visitation will also be one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Victory Church. East Lawn Funeral Home, Bloomington, is handling arrangements.
Condolences may be shared with the family at eastlawn-bloomington.com.