« Back to Obituaries

Harlan Eugene Black

Harlan Eugene Black

December 29, 2017

Harlan E. Black, 72, of Colfax. WI, died December 29th, 2017 at home surrounded by family. 

Harlan was born to Willard and Louise (Willett) Black on January 24th, 1945 in Century, FL.  Harlan was the oldest of four sons.  On June 12th, 1971 Harlan married Lucille K. Butler in Amery, WI.

Harlan graduated from River Falls High School in 1963.  Harlan attended the University of WI, River Falls before starting his career as a customer service representative with the airlines.  Harlan’s career with the airlines gave him many opportunities to travel our great country and opportunities eventually lead him to Panama City, FL,  where he and Luci started their family.  The southern lifestyle and culture were a natural fit for Harlan as he traveled down south to visit family often throughout his life. 

Harlan enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, children, wife and family.  Harlan had a passion for history, not only American History but his family history.  During his retirement, Harlan spent many hours researching, learning and writing on his family lineage. 

Harlan is survived by his wife Lucille K. Black, his two sons Adam J. Black and Aaron C. (Jeanette) Black; five grandchildren Aaliyah, Asher, Brooklyn, Kaelyn, Eilyn and one great granddaughter Aubree; his three brothers, Terrance (Joy), Thomas (Carrie) and Christopher (Judy); and many nieces, nephew, other relatives and friends,

Harlan was proceeded in death by his parents, Willard and Louise and two infant children.   

A Celebration of Life will take place on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. at First Congregational Church of River Falls, WI.  Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. until time of service at the church.  Inurnment of Harlan’s remains will take place at a later date at Balsam Lutheran Cemetery, Amery, WI.

Online condolences may be sent to, obituaries at www.chippewavalleycremation.com.

Florist Information



  • Tom and Linda Herzog We are so sorry for your loss. Sorry we are not able to be with you. May wonderful memories comfort you.

    January 18 at 4:30pm

  • Bob and Chris Worpel We want to send our heart felt sympathy to Chris and Judy as well as the whole Black family. It is so hard to lose a loved one but knowing they will be on the other side makes all the difference... We pray for God's grace + peace at this time.
    Bob and Chris Worpel

    January 15 at 3:33pm

  • Tim Early Love ya, Harlan! Watch out for the rest of us.

    January 8 at 4:59pm

  • Joel and Joanne Schultz Luci and Family, we are so sorry to hear that Harlan passed away-too soon. We went to River Falls High School with Harlan and his younger brother. Harlan was one of the "good" guys.
    A nice gentlemen always. He will be missed. Our thoughts are with you all.

    January 7 at 10:51AM

  • DJ & Teaka Cobb Our deepest sympathies, Harlan was like a second dad to me when you guys lived in Panama City. I’ll never forget him take by me on a your family vacation to Mobile, AL to see some history and spend time hanging out with you guys! He will be missed by us all.

    January 4 at 4:13PM

  • Gloria Linehan I am so sorry for your loss and, although you must miss him terribly, I am glad that Harlan was surrounded by the love of all of his family at the time of his passing. Harlan and I were school friends back in River Falls. I have so many wonderful memories of him. He was such a fun and lively person. My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours. Sincerely, Gloria

    January 3 at 8:20PM

  • Shirley Fischer So sorry to hear of Harlan's passing, Lucy. Sending prayers to you and your family. Sincerely, Shirley

    January 3 at 9:39AM

  • Steve Saenz I am deeply saddened by the news of Harlan's passing. At the age 20, I had the good fortune of meeting Harlan and Luci while working as a part-time ramp agent for Southern Airways in Panama City, FL. Harlan treated me like a younger brother. When I got my chance to go back to full-time my next position was ticket agent in Detroit. I had never even seen snow up until that point. When it came time to move, Harlan and Luci insisted on driving me up to Detroit. Harlan and I took turns driving a 67 Catalina that I purchased for $300 from Danny Parrish. Luci, having just given birth Adam, sat in the back seat the entire way. I will never forget that selfless gesture. Several years later I had the good fortune of spending a few days at Luci's parents' farm in Amery in height of winter. Harlan took me snowmobiling for the first time. I remember riding across the lakes and seeing the ice fishing shanties. I didn't even realize we were on a lake until we stopped and I asked Harlan what the wooden structures were. I have not seen Harlan or Luci since the mid-1980s but I still remember these times as if they were yesterday. Harlan and I would stay up late into the night and talk incessantly. In spite of not seeing each other for many years, I consider him one of the best friends I ever had. My deepest condolences to Luci, Adam, Aaron and all the grandchildren who I know loved their pawpaw.

    January 2 at 6:02PM

  • Judy Black We can't imagine you not being here with us any longer. You are a kind and loving brother in law to me. Thanks for all the ways you showed kindness to our family and for loving us no matter what. I am a bit jealous you are enjoying life now free of sin and sadness and pain. See you soon Harlan! Know that you are loved!!!!

    January 2 at 5:29PM

  • Howard langford Another great loss to the family and Harlan’s many friends. The years we had together
    was certainly great ones.

    January 2 at 5:21PM

  • Jim and Ginger LaMotte We met Harlan and Lucy the winter of 2015 at Johnnys RV park in Foley, Alabama. Of course, as we snowbirds do, discovered we were all from Wisconsin. Not only that, but only about an hour apart. We did meet for lunch half way one time. Harlan was easy to talk to and had many stories to tell. Our prayers for his family. May all the wonderful memories you share help you through your loss. God bless you.

    January 2 at 4:39PM

  • Sally Sharp Woodrow Dear Luci and family,
    I'm so sorry for your loss but, at the same time, happy that Harlan was at home and surrounded by family....I know that many souls were waiting for him.....and I think he was waiting for them too.

    January 2 at 4:25PM

  • Willi and Bob Armstrong Our sympathy and prayers go out to Harlan's family. He and Lucy were good friends and Harlan was a fellow employee with Southern Airways, Republic and NorthWest Airlines. It was always good to hear from him via e-mail and facebook..he will be sorely missed and we will be thinking of Lucy, Adam and Allan and the rest of the family as they recall those precious memories. God Bless you all. The Armstrong's

    January 2 at 2:49PM

  • Bruce & Linda Petersen To Lucy and Family, We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Harlan was life-long friend and brother in the Lord. We pray for your peace and comfort in the days ahead. Even though we haven't seen each other for years you have been in our thoughts and prayers often. We have many memories of good times shared. May the Lord bless and keep you.Bruce & Linda

    January 2 at 2:05PM

  • Tyan vandevrede So very sorry for the loss of harlan.from what I have learned he was a wonderful person.he will be missed.

    January 2 at 1:50PM

  • scott sansom Sorry to hear of the passing of Harlan, worked with him for 12 years in Panama city. He was a good friend and coworker. God bless Lucy and the boys.

    January 2 at 7:17AM

View more posts (16)

Send Condolences. Click here to send a condolence

Eau Claire Pre-Planning Services