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Vernon T. Harrison, 78

Vernon Theodore Harrison, age 78, of Dassel, died Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

Vernon was born Nov. 1, 1931, in Graceville, MN, the son of Theodore and Elizabeth (Kempke) Harrison. He grew up and attended school in the Graceville area, and then graduated from Moorhead State College.

Vernon was inducted into the US Air Force Sept. 3, 1952, where he served as a radio operator, and was discharged from active duty Aug. 24, 1956.

Vernon was united in marriage to Patricia Ann Andrews Aug. 30, 1969, in St. Louis, MO. They made their home in Brooklyn Park for five years, before moving to Dassel, where they settled on the south side of town. In the 1990s, they moved into the city of Dassel, where Vernon has resided since.

Vernon worked for 35 years as a computer programmer for Control Data. He was also employed at 3M Manufacturing in Hutchinson, and Fitness Master in the Glencoe area. For the past 12 years, Vernon worked for American Time and Signal in Dassel, repairing clocks.

Vernon was very down-to-earth. He enjoyed being at home, working on his computer or working on projects around the house. He thoroughly enjoyed spending time with his daughters, and loved to play with his grandchildren.

He also loved to read and would do so in five foreign languages, routinely reading his Spanish Bible.

Vernon will be sorely missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his daughters, Catherine (Timothy) Fischer of Plymouth, and Jennifer (Eric) Distad of Andover; two grandchildren, William and Andrew Fischer; and brothers Theodore (Audrey) Harrison of Salina, OK, and Dean (Patricia) Harrison of Golden, CO.

Vernon was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia; his parents; and two brothers, Andrew and Clayton.

A funeral service took place Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 2 p.m. at the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel. The Revs. John Peterson and Steven Olson officiated at the service. Florine Osness was the organist, and congregational hymns were “Amazing Grace,” “Onward Christian Soldiers,” and “On Eagle’s Wings.” Interment was at the Steelsville Cemetery, rural Dassel.

Visitation was Monday evening, Nov. 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel, and continued Tuesday for one hour prior to the service.

Arrangements were by the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel.