Ralph L. Harrison (1928 - 2015)

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Ralph L. Harrison, 87, Harrison Lane, Dents Run, died Wednesday, July 22, 2015, at his home after a short illness.
Born Jan. 13, 1928, in Dents Run, he was a son of the late William and Frances (Stencoski) Harrison. He was married to Patricia (Gearhart) Harrison. She survives.
He was a Navy Seabee veteran of the Pacific Theater during World War II.
Ralph lived all his life in Dents Run. He was a forest ranger for the Elk State Forest, Hicks Run Ranger Division, for more than 35 years.
He was the author of two books on the Pa. Elk, a book on the history of Elk County and a book on the history of the Quehanna Wild Area. He received numerous awards, including: Pa. Parks and Forestry Foundation Presidents Award in 2014 for his education and conservation efforts, Joseph T. Rothrock Conservationist of the Year Award from the Pa. Forestry Association in 2012 and the PA Game Commission Conservationist Lifetime Achievement Award for his efforts in the preservation of the Pa. Elk.
In addition to his wife of Dents Run, he is survived by three children: Harry "Chip" (Maxine) Harrison of Galeton, Susan Manners of Anita, Rita Harrison of Punxsutawney; one grandson, Charles (Miriah) Manners; one great-granddaughter, Katherine Manners; one sister: Shirley (James) Burke of Weedville; several nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Harry and James Harrison; one sister, Eva Overturf.
There will be no visitation. Private services will be held by the family. Burial will be in Hicks Run Cemetery.
The family suggests memorial donations to the PA Parks and Forestry Foundation, 1845 Market St., Suite 202, Camp Hill, PA 17011 (paparksandforests.org).
Arrangements are under the direction of the Ralph M. Geer Funeral Home, Penfield.
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Ralph M Geer Funeral Home
12045 Bennetts Valley Hwy
Penfield, PA 15849
(814) 637-5401
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Published in The Courier Express from July 23 to July 24, 2015
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