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Harry Jerome Eldon Land


Harry Jerome Eldon Land, 83, of Swisher, died Monday, March 19, 2018, at his home. Celebration of Life services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 23, 2018, at Brosh Chapel and The Avacentre in Cedar Rapids, located at 2121 Bowling St. SW. Burial will be in Blain Cemetery near Swisher, where full military rites will be conducted. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 22, 2018, at Brosh Chapel and The Avacentre.
Harry was born Nov. 15, 1934, in Northwood, the son of Clayton and Laura (Myli) Land. Harry joined the United States Air Force in 1951. He was deployed in France, Japan and Korea during his distinguished 23-year career, retiring in 1975. Harry was united in marriage to Mary Frances David on Aug. 3, 1956, in Oswego, S.C. After retiring, he acquired the family farm in Northwood in 1975 and began farming. He later purchased a farm in Swisher in 1989, where he continued farming to this day. Harry enjoyed farming, building miniature carriages and rebuilding of small engines. He built the home that he and Mary have lived in since 1996. Family was very important to Harry, as he would share his love of life with them.
Harry is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mary; his children, Clayton (Christine) Land and Becky (Larry) Reutzel, both of Swisher, and Kim (Scott) Fuhrmeister of Solon; eight grandchildren, Adam (Meghan) Reutzel, Ben Reutzel, Jordan Land, Joe Fuhrmeister, Anne Land, Austin Reutzel, Tanner Fuhrmeister and Andrea Reutzel; his sisters, Luan Sallee and Lilly Anderson, both of Albert Lea, Minn., and Carolyn Kalvig of Northwood; as well as his nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Lila (Fred) Funk and Frances Christensen; his brother, Andrew (Joann) Land; and his brothers-in-law, Don Sallee, John Anderson and Carl Kalvig.
Memorials may be directed to the family.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.broshchapel.com.