Harlan R. Mack
March 5, 1947 - April 7, 2022

Harlan R. Mack

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Harlan R. Mack, age 75, of Fremont

Died Thursday April 7, 2022 at Nebraska Medicine

Harlan was born March 5, 1947 in Reedsburg, Wisconsin, to Kenneth and Opal 'Gasser' Mack. He was raised on a dairy farm and graduated from Sauk-Prairie High School. He then attended the University of Wisconsin-Plattetville before transferring to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he completed his degree in Meat and Animal Science. He began working for Hormel Foods in Austin, Minnesota before being transferred to the Hormel Plant in Fremont in December of 1979. He continued to work for Hormel until his retirement in 2005.

Harlan was an active member of the Fremont YMCA, volunteering countless hours whenever needed. He was an avid golfer and member of the Fremont Golf Club. Harlan was a lifelong Green Bay Packers Fan and a converted Husker fan after his move to Nebraska.

Harlan was a devoted grandpa, never missing a chance to spend time with his adorded granddaughters, Macy and Mya. He spent many hours taking trips to the park and making his famous grandpa waffles.

Harlan was united in marriage to Merrilee Greenfield on August 26, 1967, in Baraboo, Wisconsin.


Wife - Merrilee of Fremont
Son - Brent Mack of Fremont
Daughter - Melissa (Cody) Sitz of Ord
Grandchildren - Macy and Mya Sitz
Sisters - Elaine Hanson of Stoughton, WI.
Edith Mack of Colorado Springs, CO
Brother - Roger (Joan) Mack of Sauk City, WI.
Sisters-in-law - Joyce Springer of Columbus, WI.
Beverly (Ron) Engerman of Madison, WI.
Beloved Dog - Sibley

Numerous nieces and nephews

Harlan was preceded in death by his parents, brother Kenneth, sister-in-law Wilberta Hill, and brothers-in-law, Al Hanson, Roy Richgels, and Donald Hill.

The funeral will be 10:30am, Thursday April 14, 2022 at the Fremont Alliance Church, the Rev. Tom Nevius will officiate. A private family burial will be held at a later date. Visitation will be 3pm to 8pm with the family present from 6pm to 8pm Wednesday at the Ludvigsen Mortuary Chapel in Fremont. Memorials are suggested to Fremont Family YMCA or the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (www.cff.org).

Online guestbook at www.Ludvigsenmortuary.com

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Recorded Funeral Service

Wednesday, April 13, 2022
3:00pm to 8:00pm
Ludvigsen Mortuary - Fremont
1249 E. 23rd St.
Fremont, NE  68025
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Wednesday, April 13, 2022
With family present from 6-8pm
Ludvigsen Mortuary - Fremont
1249 E. 23rd St.
Fremont, NE  68025
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Funeral Service
Thursday, April 14, 2022
Fremont Alliance Church
1615 North Lincoln Avenue
Fremont, NE  68025
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Memorial Cemetery
800 West 23rd Street
Fremont, NE  68025
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  1. Tom Schuster
    Merrilee and family, so sorry to hear about Harlans death. You have my deepest sympathy. We went back all the way to high school and don't have to tell you about all the good times we had. Never forget the time I came home for my first leave from Viet Nam! You just ran me down after that night. I guess we did get a little out of hand. Take care, we are thin king and praying for you.
  2. Peggy Smith and Dave Awtrey
    Dear Aunt Merrilee and family, Our thoughts are with you all and we grieve the loss of such a wonderful and loving uncle. Thank you for suggesting contributions to the CF Foundation. That is such a loving gesture in your own time of sorrow. We will definitely add Harlan to the memorials we make to CF. Many sympathies and much love, Peggy and Dave
  3. JP Lauterbach
    I’m very sorry to hear about Harlo’s passing. He was a great friend of my family and always very kind to us kids. He was a great Y supporter and he will be missed.
    My sincere condolences to the Mack family.
  4. Scherry Wittmann
    Merrilee, I am so sorry for your loss.My heart hurts for you.I will keep you in my prayers,and ask our Lord to comfort you as only He can.
    Scherry Wittmann
  5. Ron & Janet Peters
    Merrilee and Family,

    Our deepest condolences to all of you during such a difficult time.
    The frequent lunch crew of 5 had recently been just Harlow and I quite often. I had just expressed to Janet that I really enjoyed visiting with Harlow at lunch when just the two of us could make it for lunch with lots to discuss clear back to our Hormel days. He was such a soft spoken, genuine friend that will be missed.
    Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Ron & Janet Peters

  6. Beth Berry
    I enjoyed working back in the days in membership with Harlan. Condolences and prayers are with you and family .
  7. Shelly Sandeen
    We are so sad to learn of Harlow's passing. He was one of the good ones that is for sure. I will never forget about the good ol' days of tailgating before a Husker Game. Harlow was always the man behind the BBQ. He could grill. My favorite were his BBQ beans. Harlow had the warmest, kindest smile and best laugh. One we will never forget. He will be missed dearly by so many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this very difficult time.
    Shelly & Ronnie Sandeen
  8. mike leise
    Sorry to hear about Harlow. He was a good friend of mine and I will pray for his family. I will miss him very much and all the fun things we used to do together.
  9. Jodi Rinne
    We are praying for you all. He was such a great friend of Jerry's and I always loved to see his smiling face. When he was at our house on Monday....he was soooo happy. Just a great guy and a joy to be around, always. We will miss him. Let us know if you need anything.

    The Rinne's
  10. Chuck & Cathe Franck
    Merrilee. Cathe and I are so saddened over this. Great to hear your voice over the phone, only wish it was a different circumstance. Our hearts go out to you. Sending our love, Chuck and Cathe
  11. Joe and Barb Hickerson
    So sorry to hear of Harlan’s untimely passing. You are in our thoughts.
    Love Joe and Barb
  12. Don M Dickmeyer
    We are sorry to read that Harlan has passed. I remember the many laughs during our running days of the 80's. He was always good for a smile and a conversation. Don Dickmeyer
  13. Carol Baeseman
    Merrilee. I was so shocked to hear of Harlan's death...having trouble wrapping my mind around this. So sorry to miss the services as I'm on my way to Florida. Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Carol

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