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Harlan “Howie” Roosevelt Small

March 20, 2020 | 2 comments

Harlan (Howie) Small, 95, of Onalaska passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at Mulder Health Care Facility of West Salem, Wisconsin. He was born October 12, 1924 to John Gerald and Florence (Brown) Small of Mindoro, Wisconsin. He married the love of his life, Esther Waller in 1965. Harlan worked for Vermeer in West Salem where he was a mechanic/machinist for many years.

Howie had a passion for creating and flying model airplanes, spending special times with all of his friends at the mall, where he and Esther walked religiously.  Camping, playing cards and enjoying life’s simple pleasures is what put a smile on Howie’s face.

Howie is survived by his son, Ricky (Christine) Small Sr.; daughter, Pamela (Rick) McGuire and many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Harlan was preceded in death by his parents John Gerald and Florence Small, wife, Esther; stepson, Daniel Waller; step daughter Sonja Freismuth; sister and brother in law Annette and Carroll Lowell, sister and brother in law Iowne  and Earl Kibler, sister Capitola Small ; brother and  sister in law Garth and Millie Small; grandson Adam Troy Small.

2 Corinthians 1:3–Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort.

Services for Harlan will be announced at a later date.



  1. Heidi schmidt

    Rest In Peace grandpa we love you very much An you will be missed but our memories will live on , say hi to our family An keep walking An playing cards like you said I’ll beat the women well good luck you know us women starting to play An have good hands in the cards love you miss you An god healed you An your free to do what ever again An flying your planes go for it love forever until we meet again

  2. Stephanie Korish

    Howie and Esther will forever have a place in my heart.


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