John Harlow, 78, of Cannon Falls, died on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 surrounded by family and friends.
John was born in Manhattan, NY on December 13, 1940. He was the son of Freeland and Victorene (Hall) Harlow. He grew up playing at Grant Park in NY and on his uncle's farm in PA during the war years. His family moved to Minneapolis when John was 7. He loved riding his bike around Lake of the Isle. At the age of 13 John helped out at WTCN television, absorbing knowledge like a sponge. John graduated from West High in 1958, where he was well known as a prankster for his prowess with audio and video electronics.
After graduation John joined the US Navy, reaching the rank E5. John expanded is electronics education in the Navy, where he built and repaired airplane radios and other electronic needs. When his military stance was finished, John returned to MN and began working as a technician at Flying Cloud Airport. He continued his education at Brown Institute, receiving a degree in Broadcasting. With his electronics, radio and television education, John became a radio disc jockey in Minneapolis, Northfield, Sheboygan, WI, Santa Fe, NM, and remotely via computer in Springfield IL.
John worked as an audio technician at WCAL public radio on the St. Olaf College campus in Northfield. Soon after, John soon became the Director of Media Service at the college. He left the radio business for television when he and friends started Ads on Cable promoting local businesses in eight areas in MN. He worked at the Sheldon Theater in Red Wing as the audio and video specialist. John ended his working career as a video technician at Treasure Island Casino. John was always a forward thinker and loved to design multi-media shows and systems.
John loved life. He had fun getting into character to tell a good story or joke. He would encourage everyone to share stories with people they love.
Surviving family includes Mary Haugen, his wife of 33 yrs; his son, Christopher; his daughter, Elizabeth; and grandchildren Keeley, Will, Meghan, and Hannah.
John was preceded in death by his son, Keith; his sister, Judy; his parents, and two wives, Jeanie and Susie.
A picnic to celebrate John's life will be held in June 2019 at Lake Byllesby Park in Dakota County where John enjoyed walks with his wife, his golden retriever and the beagles.
Condolences and memorials are welcome. Please send to Mary Haugen at Riverside Terrace, Cannon Falls.