Jeffrey Allen Harrison was born on Nov. 5, 1948, at Minneapolis, Minn. He was the first of three children that were born to Kenneth Charles and Violet Charlene (Claypool) Harrison. Jeff graduated from Creston High School in Creston, where he lettered in football and was active in music and thespians. While in grade school, he and Geneva Ann Glade became friends and their relationship continued to grow during high school. Jeff enlisted in the United States Navy in October 1967 and was discharged in December 1977. During his enlistment, he was awarded two good conduct medals, as well as unit accommodations and expeditionary commendations. On Dec. 27, 1968, Jeff and Geneva were united in marriage at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Creston on the day of a severe winter storm, but they had a beautiful wedding ceremony. Their marriage was made special because they always had time for each other and to this union two special children were born: Theresa Jean on Dec. 12, 1971, and Michael David on Oct.30, 1973. They moved to Knoxville in 1977 where they raised their children. Jeff and Geneva were devoted parents to their children, a discipline that continued to prevail while they worked with a lot of 4-H children over the years. Jeff was a computer maintenance engineer for Telex and Memorex until becoming a senior field engineer for EMC Corporation. During this time he received several performance awards for customer service and was recognized throughout EMC for his dedication to quality technical service. Following 20 years of employment with EMC he retired in June 2015. Jeff enjoyed farming, tractors, woodworking and camping with his grandchildren. On Feb. 14, 2016, he passed away at the Hospice of Pella Comfort House in Pella, at the age of 67 years. Those left to honor his life are his wife, Geneva; their two children: Theresa and her husband, Jeff Christal, Kansas City, Mo.; Mike Harrison and his wife, Monica (Heishman) and their two children: Victoria and Cael Harrison of Ankeny; his father, Kenneth Harrison, a resident at West Ridge Nursing & Rehab Center; his brother, Dennis Harrison and his wife, Jackie; and his sister, Melody, and her husband, Jeff Abell all of Knoxville; along with several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, V. Charlene Harrison; and his grandparents, George Claypool, Ernest and Sophia Rodgers, Archie and Nora Harrison. Jeff was baptized at the Christian Church in Creston where he later made profession of his faith at the Episcopal Church. He had been a 4-H leader and 4-H judge for 35 years. He was a member of the V.F. W. Post 3519 of Knoxville. Jeff’s desire was that he had made a difference in the lives of those he had made contact with during his lifetime. Funeral services were held on Friday, Feb. 19, at the First United Methodist Church in Knoxville. Williams Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Published on  February 26, 2016