July 13, 2013
Raymond W. Harrison, age 95, longtime Milton-Freewater resident, died Saturday, July 13, 2013, at College Place. Funeral services will be held Monday, July 22, at 10 a.m. at Grace Presbyterian Church in Milton-Freewater, and a graveside service will follow at Mountain View Cemetery in Walla Walla. Contributions can be made to the Grace Presbyterian Church or to the charity of choice through the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main St., Milton-Freewater. Visitation hours will be held on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and then from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. To leave a condolence online visit www.munsellerhodes.com
Mr. Harrison was born in 1918 to Derward and Maude Matthews Harrison of Pilot Rock. The family later moved to Milton-Freewater, where he graduated from McLoughlin Union High School. In 1940 Mr. Harrison married Martha Evelyn Phillips of Umapine and moved to the Milton-Freewater home they shared for 73 years.
During World War II Mr. Harrison was an airplane electrical mechanic in the U.S. Army Air Corps and serviced the B-29 “Flying Fortress.” After the war he was supervisor of the Steen ranch and farming operation for many years. He later joined Key Equipment Company (now Key Technology), he worked here for 26 years. He worked as senior estimator for several years before his retirement in 1989. He was a member of the Milton-Freewater City Council from 1973-1990 and served two terms as Council president. He was a longtime member of Grace Presbyterian Church and a lifetime member of the Elks Lodge.
Mr. Harrison was predeceased by his parents; his brother, Jack Harrison; and sister, Louise Hopper, both of Milton-Freewater. He is survived by his wife in College Place; nephews, Don Harrison of Pendleton, Jim Harrison of Milton-Freewater, Bill Hopper of Portland and Bill Steen of Salem; nieces, Cathy Johnson of Kennewick, Susan Bolling of Weston, Nancy Lieuallen of Tigard, Ore., and Patricia Iverson of Lake Oswego, Ore.; and several great-nieces and nephews.