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Robert L. Harland

Robert L. Harland, 86, of Springfield, formerly of Canton, passed away on August 7, 2020. He was born on January 19, 1934 in Macomb, IL to Forrest and Ezma (Eager) Harland. He married Joyce Beadles on August 20, 1960 at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Canton. They share a marriage of 60 years together. She survives.

He is also survived by his daughter Jennifer Haberkorn, her husband Rick, and grandchildren Nikole and Reilly; and his son Tom and his wife Cathy (Embrey), and grandchildren Jacob, Katie, Danielle, and Samuel; and his granddaughter Kristyn, and Preston Zillion, and great-granddaughter Adalyn Jo, and many nieces and nephews. Bob was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Canton and later First United Methodist Church in Springfield. He was an active board member for many non-profits in Canton and coached, umpired, and enjoyed many sporting events for his children and grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents; daughter Marcie, grandchildren Jordan and Taylor Haberkorn, brother Bill, and sisters Betty and Barbara.

Robert was a graduate of Canton High School and received his Bachelor’s Degree from Millikin University where he received a scholarship to play football. After serving in the army at Fitzsimmon’s Army Hospital near Denver Colorado, he returned to Western Illinois University for his Master’s degree in biology.  He began his teaching career in Downers Grove, IL, taught at Pekin High School from 1963 to 1966, then from 1966 until 1995 he was an instructor at Spoon River College, where he taught botany, ecology and microbiology.  He was an active member of S R C Education Association.  He enjoyed golfing, gardening, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

A visitation will be held from 10 AM – 12 PM on Saturday, August 15, 2020 at Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton. A graveside service will follow visitation at 1 PM at White Chapel Memory Gardens in Canton, IL. Cremation rites will be accorded before the service with Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Renew Church in St. Louis. To make online condolences you may go to

Press play below to view Robert’s DVD


  • Richard and Judy Zillion

    Reply August 8, 2020 8:14 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Brenda Rose

    Reply August 8, 2020 8:41 pm

    Tom, we are so sorry to hear about your Dad. We are keeping you and all of your family in our thoughts and prayers. Your CHS classmates. “WE ARE THE CLASS OF 87”

  • Pam Wilson

    Reply August 10, 2020 9:53 am

    I am sending my heartfelt condolences to the entire Harland family on Bob’s passing. He was such a stellar person who cherished his family. He also was an outstanding teacher and mentor who had admirable ethics coupled with an excellent sense of humor and zest for life; I am so thankful for him and all that he did to impact my life in positive ways. Plus, he played such a significant role in my dad’s life. As my mom has mentioned, during 25 years of sharing an office, she never remembers my dad coming home with a complaint or criticism about Bob; that’s pretty remarkable and says a great deal about both of them and their shared values. They were brothers at heart. And Bob and Joyce were/are incredibly close friends with my folks along with their treasured SRC extended family. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.
    With love and warmest wishes – Pam

  • Gordon James

    Reply August 10, 2020 7:22 pm

    Bob was always a great supporter of the day care at SRC. Vickie always appreciated his kindness. Peace.

  • Richard and Nancy Bettler

    Reply August 11, 2020 4:37 pm

    Our hearts go out to you and the family. Love the picture. He always had that impish smile on his face. That is how he captured you. The video of the family was wonderful. We have not seen you in so long. The video closed the gap a little for us. Thanks for including it. We will not be there on Saturday to see you. Just want you to know you will be in our hearts. So many wonderful forever memories of Pekin and Anna Maria Island that are ours. Prayers for you and the family for peace and comfort.

    • Joyce

      Reply September 21, 2020 11:40 pm

      Nancy and Dick,
      I would love to have your email and catch up. Our times on Anna Maria were some our greatest memories. Hoped to get him back there one more time, but it was not in the cards. Thanks for your very special note. Love, Joyce

  • Barbara Carpenter

    Reply August 11, 2020 6:32 pm

    Joyce, I am so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Bob was a good man and will be greatly missed.

  • Richard and Nancy Bettler

    Reply August 11, 2020 9:18 pm

    Our hearts go out to you, Joyce, and the family. Love the picture of Bob. That impish smile of his is what would captured you. Always a smile or a laugh done with kindness and generosity. Quite a guy. So enjoyed the video about the family that is on line. It has been so many years since we have seen you. All the pictures of all the faces helped fill in the gap for us. All the grand memories we have of Pekin and Anna Maria Island will be ours forever. Praying for comfort and peace for all of you.

  • Valencia (Val) Mallard Buchtenkirch

    Reply August 12, 2020 11:28 am

    What a beautiful tribute! Bob was a remarkable person and you can all take comfort in that he is reunited with his Heavenly Father as well as Marcie and his grandchildren. May God continue to give you strength and peace.

  • Dina Coates Koebler

    Reply August 12, 2020 5:06 pm

    Bob’s smile was magic – I am so happy that I had the privilege knowing Bob. As I have said before, your love story is inspirational. Hugs to all!

  • Pat Swartzbaugh

    Reply August 12, 2020 6:28 pm

    To the very special Harland family, this video expresses what a wonderful and very full life has been that of this family, headed by Bob and partnered by that exemplary wife, and professional Joyce and their very special progeny. This video exemplies-the values. examples, and teachings of such a life for them all, and-all those who have been privileged to know them, even in a small way,over the years! They have all been such a blessed example to those in their-worlds who have been fortunate to be touched by this familyi

  • Jeannette Lunn Grove

    Reply August 13, 2020 7:09 pm

    What a beautiful tribute. My condolences to the Harland family.
    Jeannette Lunn Grove

  • Natalie Williams

    Reply August 14, 2020 3:05 pm

    I remember Bob as a strong, excellent leader. I know he is loved and his memory will be eternal and there is no better byline for life.

  • Norv and Liz Blake

    Reply August 15, 2020 9:52 pm

    Joyce and family, Norv really has fond memories of playing golf with Bob over the years. He had a great sense of humor and was such a warm guy. We both enjoyed your surprise visit here in Naperville shortly after we moved. So sorry for your loss. We wish you comfort at this difficult time.

  • Jerry Motsinger

    Reply August 29, 2020 5:46 pm

    Sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. He was my Botany teacher at SRC and was a great teacher and loved his profession. My prayers to his family.

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