Harlan Elmer Boen

The funeral was Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at Olinger Highland Mortuary Chapel, Thornton, Colo., with Chaplain Daryl L. Meyers officiating, for Harlan Boen, 67, of Brighton, Colo., who died Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Platte Valley Medical Center in Brighton.

Harlan was born June 25, 1946, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Crosby to Elmer and Ella (Rolie) Boen. Harlan entered this world as a preemie, weighing in at a whopping 3 lbs. 2 oz. and was immediately baptized for fear of him not surviving. After many weeks, living in an incubator, Harlan was finally released from the hospital to go home to his family in Larson. At the age of 8 months, Harlan contracted polio and was immediately sent to a hospital 100 miles from home, where he lived in an iron lung for a period of time. Overcoming polio took many years of sheer determination and a strong will, but when he was 2 years old he did learn to walk. Harlan never let his polio get in way of living life to the fullest.

Harlan married the love of his life his first and only girlfriend Sharrell Anderson on June 2, 1963. Harlan moved his family to Washington state, where he enrolled in Molar Barber College. After graduation he started barbering in Glasgow, Mont., at Glasgow Air Force Base until it closed. Harlan then moved his family to Colorado, where he started his career driving truck for many companies with the last being UPS. Over his career he accumulated over 6 million accident free miles not bad for a man who started life with polio and had only the use of one arm. Being a people person who never met a stranger he had friends far and wide. Last summer Harlan and Sharrell celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with their family and friends.

Harlan loved his family and had a passion for anything Ford, NASCAR, dirt track racing, playing cards and cribbage, country music and having a beer with friends. He especially enjoyed watching his son compete in dirt late model racing and had hoped to be well enough to attend Kelly’s induction into the Belleville Motor Sports Hall of Fame this coming July.

He is survived by: his wife, Sharrell, of the Denver area; sons, Kelly and wife Jodie, Braidy and wife Theresa, Terry, Harlan Timothy and wife Toni, all of the Denver area; daughter, Holly and husband Kevin Higgins, of the Denver area; foster son, Steven Jones and fiancee Kelly Crabtree, of the Denver area; 13 grandchildren, one great-granddaughter and five stepgrandchildren, all of the Denver area; sister, Barbara Post, of Columbus; brother, Danny, Missoula; aunt and uncle, Gladys and LaVere Anderson, Williston; and nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws.

He was preceded in death by: his son, Carey David Boen; parents, Elmer and Ella Boen; brother, Dennis Boen; and brother-in-law, Wiley Post.