Robert F. ”Bob” Harrison, of Holt, MI, died Tuesday, October 7, 2014 with family at his side, after a short battle with illness.

Bob was born May 8, 1945 in Lansing to parents Robert C. and Arlene M. Harrison.

Bob graduated in 1963 from Lansing Everett High School.

Bob met his dear wife Kay Lynn at Edru Roller Skating Rink in 1963 while they were still in high school. After graduation, they were married in 1965. Together they purchased their home in Holt in 1968, where they raised their family and met their friends.

Bob was a hard-working and loyal employee of Bud Kouts Chevrolet working as a skilled auto body technician. He retired in 2007, after 42 years of service.

Throughout his life Bob was a passionate outdoorsman. His childhood experiences pheasant hunting with his father led him to become an avid hunter and angler, traditions that he shared with his family. In 1990 he shot a 10 point white tail buck that earned him a spot in the Pope and Young world record book. Bob was a taxidermist for over 20 years. Not only was he an expert at his craft, but he met many friends through his work.

Bob had a commitment to hard work and a knack for fixing anything.

Bob is survived by his loving wife, Kay, of 49 years; their two children, Tracy (Tony) Casali and Theodore (Annie) Harrison; their three grandchildren, Tony II, Dominic and Gabrielle; his sister, Carolyn (Gary) Eversole; and other family, friends, hunting buddies, Bud Kouts and Adesa families.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. at the Estes-Leadley Holt/Delhi Chapel, 2121 N. Cedar St., Holt. Visitation will be held Wednesday, October 15, 2014 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Directly following the 5:00 p.m. service, please join the family at Buddies Grill, 2040 Aurelius Rd., Holt, for a dinner to celebrate Bob.

Bob and his family were truly grateful for the expert, kind and compassionate care provided by the McLaren ICU team. Contributions may be made in Bob’s honor to: McLaren Greater Lansing Healthcare Foundation, 401 W. Greenlawn, Lansing, MI 48910.

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    sharon ordiway Says:

    going to miss your whisting. who is going to wake me up sunday mornings with the lawnmower, leaf blower,snow blower.

    Love, your neighbor Sharon

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    Michael Piper Says:

    My condolences on Bob’s passing to all his family and friends. My mother and Bob’s parents went to high school together were best of friends until Bob and Arlene passed on. When I was growing up, my family lived in back of the Harrrisons. They lived on Pierce Rd. and we lived on Reo Rd.

    Bob and I played together as children, played sports together, and graduated together. As mentioned in one of the above posts, he had a great sense of humor and could tell jokes by the hour. I remember sitting under Danny Dunlaps (neighbor of the Harrisons) apple tree with a bunch of other children and listening to Bob rattle off joke after joke while we laughed and laughed. I always thought his joke telling proficiency was amazing as I was lucky if I ever remembered a joke, no matter how funny it was.

    He had “Lady” his horse for years when growing up and she would get loose every once-in-awhile and gallop through the backyards of the neighborhood, sending everyone scrambling for safety. I remember watching Bobby (as he was called back then) trying to corral her, but she was having too much fun to return to her abode quietly until she wore herself out. Ah, the good ole days.

    Bobby and I ran track together and he was an excellent pole vaulter, a halfmiler (800 meters today), and he was always playing in softball leaques throughout the summer. And like a previous post said, he was always smiling.

    I’m sorry I lost touch with him after high school as I went to CMU and moved on as life played itself out. I’m glad he had such good friends and family over the years and I know he will be missed by both.

    His long time friend,

    Michael Piper

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