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Joseph D. “Joe” Harrison, 56 of Excelsior Springs passed away Friday, July 6, 2007 at St. Luke’s Hospital, Kansas City, surrounded by loving family during his final hours.
Born August 29, 1950 in Salina, KS he was a son of Charles & Jerre Lee (Cooper) Harrison. Joe graduated from Excelsior Springs High School in 1968. He served in the United States Army for nearly two years and during that time was stationed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. After 30 years he retired from the Missouri Division of Employment Security. He enjoyed Harleys, dune buggies, fishing, golfing, and woodworking, however his favorite pasttime was Grandparenting. Joe met the challenges of his life with grace and has been sustained by his faith in Jesus Christ, his Savior. Over the years he served in many church families in various capacities and is a member of Prathersville Bible Church.
Joe is survived by his wife, Connie, of the home, his daughter and son-in-law Michelle and Eric Shumate and grandchildren Anthony and Brooklyn, all of Excelsior Springs, and brother Lee Harrison and wife Connie of Belton. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Jim. Joe is also survived by numerous beloved in-laws including Emma and Carl Lyman, Warren Greene, Barbara and Bob Dalsin, Marlene and Dan Heinz, Brenda and Andy Willoughby, Marsha and Steve Dunstan, and Dale and Nita Greene. He was a favorite “Uncle Joe” of many nieces and nephews and leaves behind a host of friends and loved ones.
A first viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 9, 2007, at Polley Funeral Home, Excelsior Springs. Visitation will be at 10 a.m., Tuesday, July 10, 2007, followed by funeral services at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Kearney. Burial with military honors will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Higginsville City Cemetery in Higginsville.
The family has suggested memorials to Angel Flight and Cancer Action.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Polley Funeral Home, 5951 E. Hwy 10, Excelsior Springs.