Walter Leo Harrison III

NEW LONDON, Mo. â€" Leo Harrison III, 56, of New London, died Thursday (Aug. 22, 2013) at Missouri Baptist Medical Center in St. Louis.

He was born June 15, 1957, in Hannibal to Leo Jr. and Helen Howard Harrison Robinson.

He was married to Karla Herron on May 11, 1996, at his mother's home in Hannibal. Karla survives at the home.

Leo was a 1976 graduate of Hannibal High School and attended the University of Missouri-Rolla.

For many years, he was involved in the family-owned farm implement business, Harrison Motor Co. at Hannibal, until it was closed in 2000.

He was a lifetime member of the Amateur Trapshooting Association (ATA) and the National Rifle Association (NRA). He was a member of the American Numismatic Association, a national organization for coin collectors and dealers. In recent years, he had begun to attend coin shows and had become a regular vendor of gold and silver U.S. coins.

Leo began trapshooting at age 10 at the Mississippi Valley Gun Club south of Hannibal under the guidance of his grandfather, Leo Harrison Sr. By age 14, he achieved All American status and remained on the team his entire career. He topped the team as captain 12 times, an ATA record.

Leo won 26 Grand National championship rings, also an ATA record. His high overall score of breaking 993 of 1,000 targets is still a record.

He is a member of the National Trapshooting Hall of Fame, the Missouri Trapshooting Association Hall of Fame and the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.

In 2004, he began instructing other shooters through Leo's Elite Clinics, teaching classes throughout the U.S., and in Canada and Australia. He took great satisfaction from teaching young shooters coming into the sport.

Other survivors include two daughters, Laura Stewart and her husband, Chuck, of Hannibal and two grandchildren, Macy and Alice Stewart, and Sarah Gordon of Nashville, Tenn.; his grandfather, Leo Harrison Sr.; one sister, Lisa Latteman of Parkville; one brother, Scott Harrison, of Kansas City; and six nieces, one nephew, aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, in 1993; his mother, in 2011; his grandmother, Mildred Harrison, in 2010; and one brother-in-law, Jim Latteman.

SERVICES: 4 p.m. Monday in the Smith Funeral Home and Chapel, Hannibal. Burial will be in Marble Creek Cemetery in Ralls County.

VISITATION: Was 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home.

MEMORIALS: Leo Harrison III Grandchildren's Education Fund or the American Trapshooting Association's Museum Building Fund.

ARRANGEMENTS: Smith Funeral Home and Chapel, Hannibal.

Funeral Home

Smith Funeral Home and Chapel - Hannibal
2619 St. Mary's Ave.  Hannibal, MO 63401
(573) 221-8148

Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from Aug. 26 to Aug. 28, 2013