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Donald Harmison (1937 - 2014)

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Donald Harmison


Donald Edward Harmison born August 13, 1927 to Leland and Ruth (Stanger) Harmison in Runnells, IA and passed away at The Village Saturday, June 14, 2014. He graduated from Runnells High School in 1946 and immediately enlisted in the Marines Corps stationed in Camp Pendleton, CA from 1946 to 1948. Upon returning to Iowa, he met, courted and married his life-time love, Margaret Lipps on May 21, 1949 at the Little Brown Church in the Vale. They started their lives in a small house on the east side of Des Moines, eventually moving to St. Charles, IA where he weekend farmed, while working full time at Crescent Chevrolet in downtown Des Moines. In 1976, the family moved to Milo to be closer to his family and also for "better farm ground." In 1983, he went to work for Milford Moen, MJ Garage in Milo. The two men became very good friends. The last 20 years he could be found almost every weekend at one farm sale or another with his two brothers. They always had so much fun together. Don never met a stranger and had many many friends. Upon moving to The Village in February of 2012, his circle of friends grew and grew and every day he could be found in the pool room beating all the guys, or shouting out "bingo" again and winning yet another candy bar. He lost his wife of almost 65 years only 10 weeks earlier and may have died from a broken heart, we'll never know. Left behind to mourn his memory are his daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Mike Mengwasser; grandchildren, Donnie (Molly Decker), Joshua and Lauren; brothers, Robert (Jean) Harmison and Stanley (Ethel) Harmison both of Milo; sisters, Anna (Don) Freeman of Hartford and Judy (Steve) VanSyoc of Clovis, CA. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Margaret; parents; and sisters, Gladys Gilbert and Audrey Eden. A big thank you to all the staff at The Village for his wonderful care the last 2+ years - you all loved him and he loved YOU.

Visitation will be held 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 17 at Overton Funeral Home in Indianola. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m., Wednesday June 18 at Grace Evangelical Free Church in Indianola. Online condolences may be made at Memorials can be made to The Good Shepherd Fund at The Village or Grace Evangelical Free Church.


Published in Des Moines Register on June 16, 2014
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