Thu, 08/24/2017 - 8:38am admin
Larry Harrison, age 72, White River, S.D., died on Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017, at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls.
In a world of red tractors and red pickup trucks, where cattle graze and wheat fields forever wave, a man that we will dearly miss now watches over it all.
Larry Veldon Harrison was born in Aberdeen, Wash., June 17, 1945, to Veldon “Tuff” and Mildred (Trautman) Harrison. He moved to South Dakota at five months old with the family to the farm northeast of White River. He attended Prosperity Flats Grade School through eighth grade and graduated from White River High School in 1963.
After high school, Larry attended the University of South Dakota and South Dakota State University, graduating from the College of Pharmacy in 1969. His professional career took him to Sioux Falls where he worked as a pharmacist until moving back to the farm in 1977. He purchased Ranchland Drug in 1978 and operated the business providing pharmacy and veterinary supplies to residents of the surrounding community.
Larry loved his life on the farm, the livestock and everything related to the business. All one had to do was spend a few minutes with him to feel his passion. Larry was equally passionate about the drug store and the people he served. He put in many long hours making sure people were taken care of.
In his subtle way, his humor was infectious. The love he had for his family was strongly evident in his words of endearment, encouragement, sometimes more direct then we liked, but always wanting the best for us. He was generous to his community and to those who surrounded him with support.
This past year, Larry has experienced many life changing events. But the most rewarding event was when he committed his life to our loving Savior. We can find comfort in the fact that Larry is no longer suffering but instead rests in the comforting arms of Jesus.
Larry is survived by his loving and caring wife, Linda, White River; beautiful daughter, Olivia (Tony) Conrad, Sioux Falls; stepchildren, Spencer Blom, White River, and Kaitlyn Blom, Gillette, Wyo.; four granddaughters, Kenisha Harrison, St. Cloud, Minn., Zahra Harrison, Minneapolis, Minn., Isabelle Barnes, Sioux Falls, and Leightyn Blom, White River; two sisters, Patti (Wayne) Stromer, White River, and Peggy (Tom) Honn, Ault, Colo.; many nieces, nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Veldon "Tuff" and Mildred Harrison; one sister, Beverly; grandparents, Emmett and Otellia Harrison, and Fred and Ethel Trautman; and niece, Kristi Siegmund-Hermes.
Services were held Monday, Aug. 21, at the Community Events Center in White River.
Interment was at the White River Cemetery.
Arrangements were with Rush Funeral Home of Philip.