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Mark Harlow


KINSMAN — Our community sadly lost a pillar Thursday, April 19, when Mark Harlow, 63, of Kinsman, passed away with his family at his side at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 24, at Mueller Funeral Home in Ottawa with the Rev. Nick Sandeno, pastor of Village Christian Church in Minooka, officiating. Burial will be in Ottawa Avenue Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 23, at the funeral home.

Mark was born July 30, 1954, in Streator, to Elmer and Edna “Ruth” (Freese) Harlow. He attended Kinsman Grade School and Mazon High School. Mark married Doreen Mills on Aug. 19, 1989, in Dwight, and they have two children, Kaitlyn and Perry, both of Kinsman.

Mark was a longtime public official of Grundy County. He served as the mayor of Kinsman over the past 30 years and served as the Highland Township road commissioner. Mark will be remembered as a friend by everyone, especially for answering his phone at any time of night to help post a flooded road or plow out someone’s driveway after a big snow. He was a member of the Grundy County Farm Bureau and was a volunteer with the Verona-Kinsman Fire Department.

The son of a farmer, Harlow grew up on the family farm two miles south of Kinsman. Mark and his father grew corn and soybeans on the family farm. He raised sheep as part of his 4-H and FFA projects. After high school, he helped his father farm until Mark retired from farming in 2017. Mark loved his International-Harvester tractors, and the family will remember him for his passion for his Farmall H tractor and snowmobiling with his family and friends.

Mark is survived by his wife, Doreen; his children, Kaitlyn and Perry; his mother, Ruth, of Streator; and two sisters, Sandy (Art) Watson, of Streator, and Sharon (Joe) Wilkins, of Bloomington.

He was preceded in death by his father, Elmer.

Memorials may be directed to the family for charities to be determined.

Pallbearers will be Wes Morris, Dave Hammen, Bill Pommerening, Justin Bauer, Pat Carey, and Tim Carey.

You may sign the online guest book and share remembrances at

Mueller Funeral Home and Crematory

800 First Ave., Ottawa, IL 61350

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