Cory Harklau, age 64 of Livermore, passed away on Wednesday, November 22, 2023, surrounded by his family at his son’s home in Humboldt. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, November 29, 2023, at 10:30 AM at Zion Lutheran Church in Humboldt. Interment will take place at Union Cemetery in Humboldt. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 28, 2023, from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM at Zion Lutheran Church in Humboldt. Everyone is encouraged to wear Black and Gold Hawkeye apparel in Honor of Cory on Tuesday.
Cory Dean Harklau, the son of Carroll Dean and Judith Vera (Pearson) Harklau, was born on Feburary 2, 1959 in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Cory grew up in Humboldt with his three siblings: Julie, Kent and Drew. As a child, Cory was baptized and confirmed in Christ at Our Saviours Lutheran Church in Humboldt. He graduated from Humboldt High School in 1977. Cory was united in marriage to Becky Tinken on December 15, 1979 at Our Saviours Lutheran Church in Humboldt. The marriage later dissolved, but together they raised their two children: Joel and Janelle. Cory began working at Yacht Club Trailers where he worked among many family members and friends. Cory was later employed by W&H Coop in Humboldt as a Propane Sales and Delivery Driver until his retirement in 2021.
Cory Loved everything Outdoors. When he wasn’t out on a deer cruise, you could find him out back at “his place” planting trees or perfecting his deer sanctuary. He also loved spending time with his family. He had great pride in all his Grandkids and all their activities. He was always there cheering them on and letting them know how proud he was of them. Cory spent countless hours with his son Joel creating the dream spot where they could enjoy hunting and watching the wildlife together. He was known to spark the love for deer and hunting in many people he encountered. His big smile and deep voice will always be remembered by those that were lucky to receive his “Hi! How are Ya?” everywhere he went.
Cory’s love for the Hawkeyes was strong as there weren’t many games he missed on the TV even if they were actually just the replay being aired. He always cheered loud for the Black and Gold through all the good and even the bad years. His love for sports went beyond the Hawks as well. He cheered for the Vikings on Sundays and never missed a good match up in NCAA basketball. His dedication to NCAA basketball games always proved successful in March bringing home multiple Bracket Championships throughout the years.
Cory’s love for life was known by all because he always let people know what was most important to him and that was his Savior Jesus Christ. Whether he was quoting the bible or just thanking Jesus for something, His love and faith in Christ was so strong that it was felt by all that knew him.
Left to cherish Cory’s memory are his children: Joel (Cassie) Harklau of Humboldt and Janelle (Daren) Dugan of Humboldt; four grandchildren: Zoey Harklau and Cora, Clair and Weston Dugan; sister: Julie (Roger) Heiter of Humboldt, Kent (Pam) Harklau of Webster City and Drew Harklau of Naples, Florida and many niece, nephews and other family members. He was preceded in death by his parents: C. Dean and Judith Vera Harklau.