Marshall F. Harrison, 87 of Wilson and formerly of Russell died Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at the Golden Living Center in Wilson, Kansas.
Marshall was born August 12, 1923 in El Dorado, Kansas the son of Bernard Parke and Della Evangaline (Marshall) Harrison. He grew up in El Dorado and graduated from El Dorado High School in 1941.
Marshall served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII. He fought at Omaha Beach and the European theater.
Marshall was united in marriage to Margaret “Margie” Harris on July 31, 1949 in Wichita. This union was blessed with four children; Bill, David, Eric and Marsha. Margie preceded him in death on April 14, 2003.
In 1959, Marshall graduated from Wichita State University with a degree in Music, thus started his career in teaching music. He taught in El Dorado, Howard, Ellis, Towanda, Bogue, Lucas, Burrton and Wichita. He retired from teaching in 1980 and started working for Cessna in Hutchinson and Wichita. Later he worked for Ardan’s and Service Merchandise in Wichita.
Marshall was a member of St. John Lutheran Church of Russell. He also attended Lutheran churches in the towns he taught in and was very active in church choirs. He was also a member of Kiwanis in the towns he lived in. He enjoyed giving private piano and organ lessons, spending time with the Hand Radio Club and being a storm spotter.
Surviving family include his daughter, Marsha Turnbull and husband David of Pullman, Washington; three sons, Bill Harrison and wife Barbara of Hermiston, Oregon, David Harrison and wife Michelle of Russell, Kansas and Eric Harrison and wife Rene of Russell, Kansas; sister, 11 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 sister Ida Dell Allen and brother, Billy Harrison.
Celebration of Marshall’s Life will be held at 10:00 A.M. Monday, April 11, 2011at St. John Lutheran Church of Russell with Pastor Roger Dennis officiating. Graveside service will be held at 3:00 P.M. Monday at Wichita Park Cemetery in Wichita, Kansas. Memorials may be given to St. John Lutheran Church of Russell and sent in care of the mortuary. Visitation will be from noon to 8 PM Sunday at Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary in Russell. Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell is in charge of the funeral service arrangements. Condolences may be sent via email at pvpmortuary.com.