Published in Cedar
Valley Daily Times from April 7 to April 10, 2010
URBANA- William ""Bill""
Harrison, 75, died suddenly Friday evening, April 2, 2010, at Mercy
Medical Center in Cedar Rapids.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 6, 2010, at Phillips Funeral
Home Chapel, Vinton. Interment was at the Cox Cemetery near Urbana with
graveside military rites conducted by the Walter J. Meyocks American
Legion Post #264 of Urbana. A memorial fund has been established.
William Harrison was born November 25, 1934, near Vinton. He was the
son of Delbert L. and Gladys (Myres) Harrison and graduated from Brandon
High School in 1953. He represented Urbana at Hawkeye Boys State in
During the summer of 1953, following his graduation from high School,
Bill played professional baseball with the Minor League White Sox Farm
Team in Illinois and Kentucky.
December 28, 1956, he married Mary Lou Brockway at Brandon.
Bill served with the Armed Forces from January 1957 to January 1959
He worked at Wilson & Co., and Farmstead Foods for 31 years and
also during that time, he and Mary Lou established and ran their farming
Bill and Mary Lou started farming north of Brandon and moved to their
present farm home outside of Urbana in 1965.
Bill served on the East Central Iowa REC Board for 21 years from 1987
He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Urbana.
After retiring from farming in December of 1999, Bill enjoyed collecting
and restoring antique John Deere tractors, spending time with his family
and grandchildren, tracing family history, and traveling and seeing
Survivors include his wife, Mary Lou; son Mike Harrison and wife, Kamie,
Rochester Hills, MI; daughter, Holly Harrison-Hosford and husband, Bryan
Hosford, Amana; three grandchildren, Kelsey and Dalton Harrison and
Connor Hosford; his brother, Keith (Marilyn) Harrison, Vinton; and his
nephew and niece, Jeff (Kristy) Harrison, Urbandale, and Penny Midthun,
He was preceded in death by his parents.