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Born: Jan 20, 1938

Date of Passing: Oct 12, 2020

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January 20, 1938 - October 12, 2020

On October 12, 2020, after the last load of corn was in, and the fall work complete, Harlan passed away peacefully in his sleep, at the Carman Memorial Hospital, at the age of 82 years.
Harlan leaves behind his wife of 57 years, Sharon, children, Rodger (Cindy), Allison Morse (Bob), and Johnny (Sarah), grandchildren, Brent (Jennifer), Darren (Laura), Christine (Travis), Whitney, Lauren (Matt), Lexi (Alex), Ellen, Gwen, Ivy and Liza; and, great-grandchild, Olivia.
Harlan grew up in a large family and will be missed by his siblings, Milo, Corliss Rosenberg (Jerry), Fay, Cordell (Beverly), Beverly Bossuyt (John), Raymond, Myrna Thompson (Murray), David (Cindy) and Mark (Amie). He will also will be missed by his sisters- in laws, Marj (Gary), Donna (Rene), and Barbara (Brian); numerous nieces, nephews and other extended family and friends.
Harlan was predeceased by his parents, Elmer and Martha; brother, Sinclair, and brother- in- law, Max Kendall.
Dad was born on January 20, 1938 in Winnipeg. His whole life was spent in Brunkild and consisted of family and farming. One day in grade 10, Dad came home from school and told his mom he was done with school and was going to farm. And that is just what he did.
He spent several summers custom combining in the United States, starting in Kansas and working his way up to Manitoba.
Even while on a holiday with Mom to Australia, Dad ended up running a combine for six days. Dad was always looking for a reason to get behind the wheel. A parts run to Regina was a great way to spend the day.
In the winter, Dad was either watching hockey or driving kids, grand kids, neighbour kids or strangers' kids to hockey. He loved watching all sports, especially when they involved his grandchildren.
Dad was a Winnipeg Jets and Manitoba Moose season ticket holder for 47 years.
The family extends their thanks to the staff at GA3 at HSC, as well as those who cared for Dad at Carman Memorial Hospital.
With Dr. Sharkey's medical expertise, Mom's excellent cooking, and Dad's positive attitude, he lived an amazing 82 years.
Due to the current restrictions, a celebration of Dad's life will be held at a later date.

Condolences for Harlan's family may be left, and tribute video viewed, at

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 17, 2020

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • Dear Sharon Bestland and family, extending our deepest and heartfelt sympathy on the passing of Harlan Bestland. So very sad to see he passed away. Thank for sharing this wonderful tribute of his life dedicated to the land. Please know that our thoughts are with you at this sad and difficult time! And on the 8th day God looked down on the planned paradise and said 'I need a caretaker' and so God made a farmer. Lynda Ruban (staff at HSC Foundation) - Posted by: Lynda Ruban (staff at Health Sciences Centre, Winnipeg) on: Oct 19, 2020

  • Allison (and Bob), Mavis and I were sorry to learn that your father passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. - Posted by: Will Tishinski (Friend) on: Oct 17, 2020

  • Condolences to the Bestland family. Harlan was a true gentleman, honest and fair in all our dealings and knew how to enjoy life. His contribution to the community is well recognized and will be missed. Peace and comfort to all of you. - Posted by: Larry Buhler (Friend) on: Oct 17, 2020

  • Dear David and Cindy, we were saddened by the news of Harlan passing, we remember his bright and cheery personality at a party we attended at your house some time ago, he was a bright and happy individual and we offer our prayers and thoughts to be with you both during this difficult time. Michael and Rona - Posted by: Michael Blomberg. Rona Johnston (Friend of David and Cindy Bestland) on: Oct 17, 2020

  • I am deeply sad for your loss. I remember Harlan from the time I started school and had many sleepovers at the Bestland home in Brunkild. May the love and peace of Christ give you peace and strength as you grieve and the care of family and friends give you comfort. Kolleen - Posted by: Kolleen Karlowsky-Clark (Friend) on: Oct 17, 2020

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