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Funeral services will take place on Monday, August 21, 2017 at 11:00 AM (Central).

White River Community Events Center
White River, South Dakota

White River Cemetery
White River, South Dakota
A visitation will be held from 6:30- 7:30 p.m. CDT with a prayer service at 7:30 on Sunday, August 20 at the United Methodist Church in White River.

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In memory of

Larry Harrison

of White River, South Dakota, died on Sunday, August 13, 2017 at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls at the age of 72

In a world of red tractors and red pickup trucks, where cattle graze and wheat fields forever wave, a man that we will dearly miss, now watches over it all.

Larry Veldon Harrison was born in Aberdeen, Washington on June 17, 1945 to Veldon “Tuff” and Mildred (Trautman) Harrison. He moved to South Dakota at five months old with the family to the farm northeast of White River. He attended Prosperity Flats Grade School through 8th grade and graduated from White River High School in 1963.

After high school, Larry attended college at the University of South Dakota and South Dakota State University graduating from the College of Pharmacy in 1969. His professional career took him to Sioux Falls where he worked as a Pharmacist until moving back to the farm in 1977. He purchased Ranchland Drug in 1978 and operated the business providing pharmacy and veterinary supplies to residents of the surrounding community.

Larry loved his life on the farm, the livestock, and everything related to the business. All one had to do was spend a few minutes with him to feel his passion. Larry was equally passionate about the drugstore and the people he served. He put in many long hours making sure people were taken care of.

In his subtle way, his humor was infectious. The love he had for his family was strongly evident in his words of endearment, encouragement, sometimes more direct then we liked, but always wanting the best for us. He was generous to his community and to those who surrounded him with support.

This past year, Larry has experienced many life changing events. But the most rewarding event was when he committed his life to our loving Savior. We can find comfort in the fact that Larry is no longer suffering but instead rests in the comforting arms of Jesus.

Larry is survived by his loving and caring wife, Linda, White River; beautiful daughter Olivia (Tony) Conrad, Sioux Falls; step children, Spencer Blom, White River, and Kaitlyn Blom, Gillette, WY; four granddaughters, Kenisha Harrison, St. Cloud, MN, Zahra Harrison, Minneapolis, MN, Isabelle Barnes, Sioux Falls, and Leightyn Blom, White River; two sisters; Patti (Wayne) Stromer, White River, and Peggy (Tom) Honn, Ault, CO; many nieces, nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents Veldon "Tuff" and Mildred Harrison; one sister, Beverly; grandparents Emmett and Otellia Harrison, and Fred and Ethel Trautman; and niece, Kristi Siegmund-Hermes.

A visitation will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. CDT with a prayer service at 7:30 pm on Sunday, August 20 at the United Methodist Church in White River.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. CDT on Monday, August 21 at the Community Events Center in White River.

Interment will be at the White River Cemetery.

6:30 - 7:30 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 20, 2017
United Methodist Church
White River, South Dakota

Monday, August 21, 2017 - 11:00 a.m. CDT
Community Events Center
White River, South Dakota
Pastor Linda Baldock
Sharon Bryan - Musician
Congregational Hymn
“What a Day”
Loren Hiatt - Barry Jensen
Donna Brandis - Kay Massingale
Mark Strait - Chuck Strait
Henry Moran - David Larson
Bill Sinclair - Ken Risseeuw
All Relatives and Friends in Attendance
White River Cemetery
White River, South Dakota

  • We grew up just across the river from Larry and the Harrison family--the Eugene Thomas family. What a super guy and later in life he delivered medicine from his pharmacy to our mother in Murdo! The last time we saw Larry was eating dinner in Murdo a few years back. He was always such a friendly and caring person. The world will miss him and so will all of us that called him our friend. Looking forward to seeing him again in what looks like a not too distant future. The world needs more heroes like Larry to emulate. Our condolences to Patti and Peggy and the rest of the family.....Joe & Thomas Family ~ Joe Thomas St. Joseph, Michigan (8/23/2017)
  • I never knew Larry personally, only through my good friend Ben Huber. Ben has told me many times of Larry's generosity to the White River VFD. He was always one of the first to support a project or a fundraiser for the Fire Dept. I'm sure his generosity carried over to many in the White River area. My thoughts are prayers are with the family. May your many memories sustain you in the days and weeks to come. ~ Glenn Sealey Colome, SD (8/20/2017)
  • This man meant the world to me in high school! He was like my second dad. He bought me my first Dimond Earrings and told me what ever I do in life and who ever I find to love, to make sure he treats me like a Dimond! That is just what I did! He encouraged me to do my best in whatever I do and don't give up. He was one of the first people I told when I earned my Masters Degree! I still have the card he sent telling me how proud he was of me! I can't say enough about him and wish I could have seen him one last time. Rest in peace my dear dad, rest in peace! ~ Teresa (Beel) Curry Florida (8/19/2017)
  • I always enjoyed visiting with Larry when he would deliver medicine to the HHH Truckstop. He was always so very kind and was truly a great human being. He will be missed by so many, but his memory will live on. ~ Stephanie Freier- Williams Rapid City, SD (8/18/2017)
  • what a fine man He was..always a pleasure when He came in to buy "red" tractor parts...He will be missed for sorry for your loss. ~ Liz Farley 31036 286th Street (8/18/2017)
  • One of the finest people I ever had the pleasure to work with over the years... He will be greatly missed. My family's thoughts and prayers to everyone that ever had the pleasure to know him, and his family. ~ Justin Inhofer Sturgis SD (8/16/2017)
  • So sorry for your loss. Keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. ~ Kim Djodjic and Dale Vollmer Kadoka (8/15/2017)
  • Thinking of you at this time Linda and Family. ~ David K Janssen Freeman South Dakota (8/15/2017)
  • My thoughts and prayers to Larry's family at this time . I will miss the joking with him when I saw him in his store . He had a good sense of humor and always had a warm hello . I will miss him . ~ Brenda Vanderwalker White River S.D. (8/15/2017)
  • To Larry's Family: I was very saddened to learn of Larry's passing. Such a great friend to the whole Jones family, the connection with John to the drug store, as friends and classmates. When we sold Grace &Nell's home, it was tough to lose that, but we knew it was in good hands with Larry. I know how much he meant to his family and the White River community. I know he will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers to the entire family. ~ Bonnie Jones Sturgis, SD (8/15/2017)
  • Keeping you and your families in my thoughts and prayers, Patti and Peggy. May he rest in peace with Tuffy and Mildred. ~ Barb Ketel (Keever) Gillette, WY (8/15/2017)
  • Always enjoyed visiting with Larry when I worked for the radio station. Such a supporter of people in his area. Remembering his kindness tonight. ~ Kellie Yackley Onida, SD (8/15/2017)
  • Prayers to all. Larry was a great man and will be missed. ~ Joan Kerns Mitchell, SD (8/15/2017)
  • Prayers to the family. Larry will be greatly missed. He was such a sweet & caring person. Glad my husband got to meet a great man & staple of my home town. Plenty of good memories. ~ Kevin & Collette Sweeney Honolulu, Hawai'i (8/15/2017)
  • Our sympathy and deep condolences go out to Linda and all the family. Prayers to all. We will SO miss this man in our lives and the community. Always remember is cheerful voice when he answered the phone at the drug store and his friendly caring way of accommodating people. ~ Ed and Susan Krogman White River, SD (8/14/2017)
  • Sending PRAYERS to Larrys Family. Please God hold them in your arms. ~ Bruce and Bonnie Madsen Kadoka S.D. (8/14/2017)