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Robert Harrison
Robert HarrisonNavyRobert Harrison, 92, formerly of Richwood, died peacefully Tuesday afternoon January 7, 2020 at the Riverside Methodist Hospital.

He was born in Mount Sterling on Nov. 9, 1927 in the home of his late parents, Howard Clyde and Clara (Morrison) Harrison. He is also preceded in death by seven sisters and three brothers, and his wife, Mary Lou Harrison in 2007, as well as a daughter, Brenda Laurette Harrison in 2017.

He was raised on a farm where he learned to care for animals and raise crops. He helped his father and siblings use horses to work ground and harvest crops.
He survived the Great Depression and recalled that his family always had enough to eat due to the animals, vegetables, and fruits that they raised and grew.

He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1945 and was stationed as a hospital medic on the Island of Guam.
He served his full term in the Navy, then returned and worked for a short time in Columbus where he met Mary Lou Matlack. They married in the Claibourne United Methodist Church in August of 1950.

They lived on a dairy farm in Johnstown until November 1959 when they moved to a farm near Richwood. He raised sheep, hogs, and crops. He was a DeKalb Seed Corn dealer for many years. He also worked at the Marion Depot for several years and then at Scotts Lawn, and finally at Honda Manufacturing for over ten years as well as working his farm.

He participated in community social events and was a member of the KP lodge as well as being a Jackson Township Trustee.
He lost Mary Lou in 2007 but continued to manage care for his daughter, Brenda, who lived with him up until 2017.

Most recently he moved to Walnut Crossing Assisted Living in Marysville in 2018.

He is survived by three daughters, Beth (Scott) Keith, Kansas City, Missouri; Marty (Lynne Kirby) Harrison, Powell; Barbara (Pat Gordon) Harrison, Athens; grandchildren, Drew Keith; Daniel Wasserman, Athens; Hannah (Sean) Stephenson, Pella, Iowa.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday January 14, 2020 at 2:00 pm at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home in Richwood, Robertís family will officiate the service, Military Honors will be given by the Richwood Area Veterans and burial will follow in the Radnor Cemetery. Friends may call two hours prior to the service beginning at noon.

Memorial gifts may be made to Friedreichs Ataxia Research Alliance (www.curefa.org), 533 W. Uwchlan Ave., Downingtown, PA 19335. To make a gift by phone, call 484-879-6160.

Condolences and remembrances may be expressed at www.stofcheck-ballinger.com

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#1 from: Virg and Jani Rankin
Wed, Jan 8, 2020 at 6:28 PM

What a wonderful man.  So sorry to hear this.  Will be praying for your family in the days to come.   Virg and Jani Rankin

#2 from: Greg and Ruthie McCloud
Key West, FL
Wed, Jan 8, 2020 at 7:52 PM

We are so very sorry to hear of you dads passing.  Such a sweet man. Youíre all in our thoughts and prayers!

#3 from: Betty Lowe
Wed, Jan 8, 2020 at 8:49 PM

I'm so sorry for your deep loss.  I knew him only as Barb's dad, but he had a meaningful presence that I can't really describe.  You are blessed with a treasure chest of memories of a very special man.  God's peace and comfort to you.

#4 from: Marsha K Harmon
La Rue
Thu, Jan 9, 2020 at 5:12 AM

I am so sorry to hear of your father's passing. He was such a sweet man.  Know you are in my prayers.

#5 from: Stacie and Vernon Beltz
Thu, Jan 9, 2020 at 7:50 AM

I am so very sorry to hear of your Dad's passing.  He and your Mother both were very warm endearing individuals. They always had a smile and were so very sweet when I saw them.
I will be forever greatful that I was a friend to Barb and her family.
I pray that God wraps his comfort and understanding around you all.

#6 from: Janet Dysert
Thu, Jan 9, 2020 at 10:23 AM

So very sad to hear this. He was such a nice man. And the last couple of years got to visit with him and so enjoyed those talks. He was proud of his children and grandchildren. Thinking of you girls and keeping you in my prayers.

Fri, Jan 10, 2020 at 3:52 PM

My heartfelt sympathy to the daughters of Uncle Bob.  He was a very special person, so kind and caring.  He was 8 years old when I was born so I have known him  all of my life.  We will miss him very much at the family reunions.  I know you will miss him too, but he is with loved one in the arms of Jesus.

#8 from: Christi Skidmore
Fri, Jan 10, 2020 at 5:56 PM

I was so sorry to hear of Bobís passing.  He was such a kind soft spoken man.  He ate at the table with my Dad (Ron Jenkins) at Walnut Crossing.  Dad is really going to miss him there. Praying for your family .  Ron Jenkins family

#9 from: Barbara Holcomb
Richwood, OH
Sat, Jan 11, 2020 at 6:12 PM

Dear , Beth, Marty, and Barbara,

I was saddened to hear about your father. He was a kind man. I will always remember his warm smile. He was devoted to all of you . Your family was a special one Your mother was as gentle and pleasant as your father. Brenda, too, was embraced in your lovely family. As sad as the loss of a loved one is, you can only celebrate such generous lives.

My love and deepest sympathy,
Barbara Holcomb

#10 from: Janet (McKnight) Mangini
Mon, Jan 13, 2020 at 3:23 PM

Dear Beth, Marty and Barbara
A luminous light remains where a beautiful soul has passedÖ
As many have stated your father was a gem and your mother as well. How lucky you are to have been raised by these folks! So very sad to hear of this loss. Deepest sympathies.

#11 from: Mike&Barb Brake
Tue, Jan 14, 2020 at 12:27 PM

Harrison girls,  So sorry to read of Bobís passing.  He was a kind and gentle man. Always a smile on his face and a hard worker.  I missed seeing him go to and from work at Honda. Again,sorry for your loss.

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