Doris Harlan, 95 of Sidney, Nebraska died Wednesday morning, July 19, 2017 at Sidney Regional Medical Center, Extended Care in Sidney.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M., Friday, July 28, 2017 in the First Christian Church in Sidney with Pastor Dr. Curtiss Davis officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery next to her parents and grandparents.
Friends may call from 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. Thursday at the Holechek Funeral Home.
Memorials have been established to the donor’s choice.
Doris Harlan, daughter to Ralph and Ruby (Paris) Harlan was born August 2, 1921 at her grandparent’s home in Lincoln, Nebraska. Soon after she moved with her parents to a farm south of Sidney and attended school in the Lorenzo public school all 12 years. In 1939 they moved to Sidney where Doris attended Sidney High School as a post-graduate student for one and a half years. She worked in her parent’s grocery store and did housework for a family for a few years.
She then attended college in Minneapolis, MN and in Enid, OK, returning to Sidney where she worked for Western Drug and the John Deere District Office. In 1959 she moved to Omaha and was employed by the J.I. Case Company. It was in Omaha that she found her way into professional baseball offices. She served as Secretary-Receptionist for the Los Angeles Dodgers minor league club and later moved to Albuquerque in the same position when the club moved there.
In the fall of 1964 she moved to San Diego, CA to work for the San Diego Padres Major League Club. She was proud to be the one who suggested they use brown for their color, since original Padres would have worn brown home spun robes. They even had brown ribbons on their typewriters.
In1968 she returned to Sidney, working for KSID radio and the Sidney Telegraph.
In 1979 her lifelong dream was realized when she entered Phillips Seminary in Enid, OK to study for the ministry. She graduated with a Masters Degree in 1982. She served churches in Avard, OK, Weeping Water, NE and Wilsonville, NE
Because of ill health she retired in 1991 and returned to Sidney. Being active in the Ministerial Association she often filled in when ministers in various churches were out of town. She had standing in other denominations.
Doris was proud to be a member of MENSA, an organization for people with high IQ and was a member of the First Christian Church in Sidney serving in various positions through the years.
She was an accomplished piano player and loved giving lessons. Doris loved watching baseball, especially the Colorado Rockies. Summer vacations with her sister’s family included visiting almost every national park.
Survivors include her nephew George Hartmann, Jr. and wife Jeannie of North Platte, NE; two great nieces Kendra and Katie; two great nephews Jon and Luke Hartmann; 6 Great-great nieces and nephews and special friend and caretaker Leslie Richards of Sidney, NE
She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother and two sisters.
Holechek Funeral Home and Cremations in Sidney is serving the Harlan family.