FREMONT — Harlan L. Caves 73, of Fremont, formerly of Cedar Rapids, passed away April 10, 2014, at the Serenity Hospice House in Oskaloosa.
Harlan was born May 23, 1940, in Fremont, the son of Donald and Maude Krusemark Caves. He graduated from Fremont High School in 1958. Harlan was united in marriage to Francis J. Brown on May 31, 1958, in Bloomfield. They were the parents of three sons. They later divorced, and he remarried Nancy Green from Lamont; they later divorced.
Harlan worked for Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids in the paint department and lastly in the maintenance department, retiring in 1995 after working 34 years.
Harlan was an avid NASCAR follower and admired #48 Jimmie Johnson Racing. He loved High Performance cars and trucks along with any kind of racing. He enjoyed watching sports on a daily basis, especially football and basketball. Harlan enjoyed the adventures he and his best buddy "Whimp" had, running errands and dining out at different eateries. He especially loved his pineapple shakes.
The family would like to send out a special thank you to all the caregivers that helped Harlan over the past four months: Ottumwa Hospital, Mercy Iowa City and especially the staff at the Mahaska County Serenity Hospice House in Oskaloosa for their dedication and loving care of our loved one. Our gratitude to all of you.
Harlan is survived by his three sons, Nick (Amy) Caves of Alburnett, Bruce (Ruth) Caves of Fremont and Todd (Christine) Caves, Port Byron, Ill.; 15 grandchildren, Josh, Gavin, Dillon, Ashley, Taylor, Colton, Morgan, Bryan and Erin Caves, Nikki Rowe, Lindsey Lansing, Casey Gordon, Heather Davis and Tucker Paris; 11 great-grandchildren, Hunter, Savannah, Laken, Daxle, Lane, Landyn, Wyatt, Ryker, Rory, Tempest and Odelia.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, Joshua Frail.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in the Fremont Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow at Cedar Township Memorial Cemetery.
Visitation will be held at noon Sunday at the funeral home with the family present from 1-3 p.m. to greet friends and relatives.
Memorials may be directed to the family.
Fremont Funeral Chapel in charge of arrangements.