Lifelong Wallace County resident Forrest D. “Snick” Harrison, 90, died Sunday, December 2, 2012, at Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, Colorado.
He was born August 27, 1922, north of Wallace, Kansas, the son of Iva (Capper) and Thomas Allen Harrison. He attended Lake Creek Country School and Wallace High School. He served his country in the United States Army in the 5th Armored, 34th Tank Battalion, from November 18, 1942 through October 22, 1945.
On November 10, 1951, he and Joan B. Baehler were married in Sharon Springs, and they made their home in Wallace County, where they were ranchers. One of his greatest joys was when the neighbors all gathered each spring and “worked” their calves. Another of his greatest joys was the barn dancing that the family and neighbors all gathered to share most Saturday nights.
He was a member of the Fort Wallace Memorial Association. He and his brother George provided the stock for the first Fort Wallace Rodeo in 1955. Other memberships included Veterans of Foreign Wars Jerome Dechant Post 6844, and Elks Lodge 1528. He served his communities, first on the School Board from Wallace, and then on the first Unified School District 241 Board.
Preceding him in death were his parents, brother George Harrison, and one infant great-grandson.
Surviving family includes his wife Joan Harrison of Wallace; daughter Sherrel Harrison and her husband Don Barnett of Wallace; daughter Sandra Knudsen and her husband J.R. of Kearney, Missouri; four grandsons David Knudsen and his wife Sarah of Kansas City, Kansas; Brett Knudsen and his wife Heather of Overland Park; Foard Kemp of Wallace; Bailey Kemp of Wallace; and two great-grandchildren Justin Knudsen and Julianna Knudsen.
The funeral will be Thursday, December 6, at 10:00 AM MT, at the United Methodist Church in Sharon Springs, with Pastor Keith Anglemyer and Reverend Paul McNall officiating. Burial, with military honors, will follow in the Wallace Cemetery.
Friends may share their respects on Wednesday, from 3:00 until 7:00 PM MT, at Koons Funeral Home in Sharon Springs. Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be designated to Fort Wallace Memorial Association, (designated for the Rodeo), and may be left at Koons Funeral Home in Sharon Springs, or mailed to Koons Funeral Home, 211 N. Main, Goodland, KS 67735-1555.
Charitable donations may be made to:
Ft. Wallace Memorial Assoc.
and may be left at the services or mailed to Koons-Russell Funeral Home, 211 N. Main Ave., Goodland KS 67735