Robert Lee "Bob" Harrison (1928 - 2015)

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Robert Lee "Bob" Harrison, 86, of Vandalia, passed away at 12:05 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, at Fayette County Hospital in Vandalia.
A celebration of Robert's life will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday at Crown Point Church in rural Vandalia, with the Rev. Pete LeDuc officiating. Burial will be in Greenhill Cemetery in VanBurensburg, with military rites accorded by Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 of Vandalia. Visitation will be held from noon until time of services on Wednesday at the church. Memorials: Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 of Vandalia. Blurton Funeral Home in Hoopeston was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences, photos or memories may be shared at
Mr. Harris was born on Sept. 22, 1928, in Shafter Township, the son of Roy Ernest and Nellie Mabel Hittle Harrison. He married Bonnie M. Smith on July 1, 1950, in Vandalia. He then married Laverne Keppler on Dec. 24, 1980, in Vandalia. They both survive.
Robert served in the U.S. Air Force from 1946-48, where he was an airplane mechanic in the Philippines. After the death of his mother, he left the Air Force to come back and help raise his younger siblings. Robert owned and operated Bob's Body Shop in Vandalia for 26 years. In 1975, he began working as a correctional officer at the Vandalia Correctional Center, from which he retired in 1991. After retiring, Bob and Laverne spent their summers in Southern Illinois for eight years, doing creole surveys on the area lakes there. He was a member of Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95. Bob loved to spend his time outdoors fishing, hunting, mushroom hunting, camping, gardening or tinkering in his garage. He also enjoyed going dancing around the Vandalia area. Bob never met a stranger; any place he would go he would make a new friend. He loved to share his words of wisdom with you. His greatest enjoyment was spending time with all of his family and friends. Nothing made him happier than putting on a big fish fry at his house or campground for everyone to come, or just giving someone vegetables out of his garden. Bob touched a lot of people throughout his life, and he was so proud of all of his family. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him and loved him.
He is survived by a daughter, Sherry (Gary) Blurton of Danville; son, Jerry Harrison of West Hollywood, Calif.; grandson, Matt (Jennifer) Blurton; great-grandchildren, Marcus, Makayla and Madilyn Blurton; brothers, Kenny Harrison of Vandalia, Richard (Jan) Harrison of Rapid City, S.D., Alan (Loretta) Harrison of Vandalia, and Keith (Judy) Bess of Decatur; sisters, Shirley Williams of Vandalia, Joan (Wayne) Connor of St. Elmo, and Brenda Adamson of Mattoon; sister-in-law, Doris Harrison of Vandalia; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Larry Harrison; brother-in-law, John Williams; and sister-in-law, Betty Harrison.
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Published in The Leader-Union from Aug. 17 to Aug. 26, 2015