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Mark Alan Harrison

July 15, 1963 August 13, 2015
Mark Alan Harrison
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Obituary for Mark Alan Harrison

Mark Alan Harrison, 52, died Thursday, August 13, 2015, at the Dennis & Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy in Hiawatha following a courageous battle with cancer.

   A Celebration of Life service will be held 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 18, 2015, at the Vinton Presbyterian Church, co-officiated by Rev. Jessica Crane-Munoz and Pastor Mike Ferguson. Memorial visitation will be held from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, August 17, also at the church. Inurnment will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Shellsburg.

   Mark was born July 15, 1963, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the son of Marion Earl and Joan Marie Michael Harrison. The family made their home in rural Vinton and Shellsburg, where Mark lived most of his life. He graduated from Shellsburg High School and Kirkwood Community College.

   He met the love of his life, Deb McElrath, and the high school sweethearts were united in marriage on September 22, 1984, at the Presbyterian Church in Vinton, Iowa.

   Mark worked for Farmers Mutual Telephone Company for 27 years, the last 13 years as General Manager. His job brought him great satisfaction and he made many friends in the industry over the years.

   He was an avid fisherman and loved to spend time in the outdoors fishing, hunting and camping with family and friends. Mark also loved football and cheered for his beloved Green Bay Packers.

   Mark is survived by his wife of 30 years, Deb, of Shellsburg; two sons, Mitchell (Jenna) Harrison of La Porte City (and, to be born in December,  grandson, Carter Alan) and Gordy Harrison of Shellsburg; one brother, Mike (Rose) Harrison of Cedar Rapids; three sisters, Chris (Glenn) Schanbacher of Atkins; Rita (Jim) Fix of Vinton; and Mary (Scott) Hepker of Urbana; and his mother-in-law, Sharon McElrath, of Vinton.

   He was preceded in death by his parents and father-in-law, Bob McElrath.

   In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established to be distributed to several charities.


Visitation: 4:30 - 8:30 p.m. Monday, August 17, 2015, at Vinton Presbyterian Church
Celebration of Life: 10 a.m. Tuesday, August 18, 2015, at Vinton Presbyterian Church
Inurnment: Oakwood Cemetery, Shellsburg

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