PEORIA - Ronald E. Harriman of Peoria passed away Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, at the VA hospital in Danville, Ill.
He was born on June 21, 1952, to Elizabeth and William Harriman in Pulaski, Va. In 1960 he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, in which he served two tours in Vietnam and was wounded in the Battle of Khe Sanh in 1968.
On Oct. 12, 1968, he married Mary Lee Adams (Harriman) in Missouri, where they lived while he recovered from his injuries and attained his GED. Then, they moved back to his hometown, where he attended college to attain an associate's degree in psychology. He then went on to attain his master's degree in psychology and started to work on his doctorate.
In 1980, he became the clinical director of the drug and alcohol abuse program for the Army at Fort Derick, Md. In 1989, they moved to Bamberg, Germany, where he continued his work for the Army. He and his family loved their years in Europe and traveled to many places.
After living in Germany, they moved back to Peoria, where he retired.
In December 2009, he was diagnosed with throat cancer and began the biggest battle of his life.
Ronald Harriman was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lee Harriman, and both of his parents.
He is survived by his son, Ronald Christopher Harriman (Jaime); daughter, Pamela Boyd; his brothers, Danny (Yvonne) and Jeff (Chong) Harriman; his sister, Doris Lawson; and four grandchildren, Austin, Aden, Arianna and Alyssa.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Swan Lake Memory Gardens, 4601 W. War Memorial Drive, Peoria, Ill. Cremation services were provided by the Cremation Society of Mid-Illinois Co.
Monetary contributions can be made to the VA Illiana Health Care System, 1900 E. Main St., Danville, IL 61832.