INDEPENDENCE – James E. Harrison, 74 years old, of Independence, died on Thursday, Oct. 31, at the Buchanan County Health Center in Independence. He was born on Oct. 14, 1939, in Ottumwa, the son of Ross Allen and Ethel Gay (Burgess) Harrison. He attended high school in Eddyville, Iowa. Mr. Harrison served in the U.S. Navy
from 1958 until 1962. After his discharge he moved to Independence and on April 14, 1962, he and the former Leanne K. Fenner were married in Independence. They farmed near Oskaloosa, for his brother-in-law until 1964, when they returned to Independence. Mr. Harrison worked for Ray Connolly and at the M.H.I. He then became a lineman for the R.E.C. for 37 years before retiring in 2002.
Mr. Harrison is survived by his wife of 51 years, Leanne, his son, Trevor Harrison, and his granddaughter, Zoe Harrison. He is also survived by two half brothers, Russell (Susan) McMillin of Des Moines, and Larry (Deb) Hill of Lincoln, Nebraska.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, two half brothers, and four half sisters.
Funeral Services were held at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 4, at the White Funeral Home in Independence, with Rev. Scott Meador officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Independence. Friends called for visitation from 1 until 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3, at the White Funeral Home, where a Military Service began at 4:30 p.m. On line condolences may be left at www.White-MtHope.com.