Gene Harrison, also known as “Pope” (87), passed to heaven, Friday, February 22, 2019, at Wesley Woodlawn Hospital in Wichita, Kansas. He was born September 12, 1931, in Dundee, Indiana.
Gene transferred to Newton, Kansas, from Elwood, Indiana, as the plant manager for Steven’s Spring Co. in 1961 during the thriving mobile home years. In 1964, he started E&H Foam to serve the growing needs of the bedding and furniture industry, and over the next few years began diversifying into multiple related business opportunities, i.e. Prairie Schooner Vans, Classic Interiors, etc. Being the entrepreneurial spirit he was, another idea intrigued him, and he pursued the building of a residential mobile home park, Prairie Estates. Although he worked hard to build each successful venture, he worked equally hard to ensure his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren knew the meaning of love, fun, strong family relationships and making treasured memories.
A public funeral service will be 11:00 AM on Saturday, March 2, 2019, at Grace Community Church in Newton, Kansas with Pastor Steve Friesen presiding.
There will be a private visitation only.
In lieu of flowers and memorial donations, it is Gene’s family’s wish that his friends and family honor Gene by spending special time with their own family and enjoying each other’s precious company.
Gene is survived by his wife, Dana; 2 sons and their spouses, Toby (Laura) Harrison and Kelby (Sharon) Harrison; 4 daughters and their spouses, Melody (Tim) Maloney, Reni Whitfield (Randy Vanderree), Tina (Mike) Garcia, and Tawnya (Loren) Schroeder; 24 grandchildren and their spouses, Colby (Dyan) Roberson, Josh (Stephanie) Roberson, Zach (Jill) Roberson, Tyler (Amber) Roberson, Amber (Brandon) Bogue, April (Chad) Childers, Kacey (Sinead) Harrison, Alissa Harrison, Tosha (Todd) Smith, Cori (Jerame) Carson, Nisha (Jason) Spencer, Sheena (Cody) Smith, Cody (Kym) Garcia, Caleb (Madiah) Metzler, Luke (Colleen) Metzler, Gabe Metzler, Seth Metzler, Briana (Travis) Stubbs, Keaton Harrison, Amelia (Fernando) Fierros, Quinton Harrison, Jeb (Janelle) Schroeder, Judd (Andrea) Schroeder, and Jate Schroeder(Julie Baker) and YongGang Chang, who has become like a grandchild; 54 great grandchildren, Brody, Boone, Berkley, Cabe, Juden, Ridge, Coleson, Brecklyn, Knox, Dresden, Pierson, Braxton, Alexis, Bridger, Jasper, Kylar, Kade, Kenzi, Hunter, Morgan, Cash, Mariah, Rylie, Cruz, Cain, Milayna, Elyza, Adryn, Westin, Baby Smith, Elijah, Zane, Ciera, Sadie, Wade, Kailey, Owen, Wyatt, Bristol, Rory, Branson, Harrison, Collette, D’Angelo, Alayna, Mateo, Madison, Bud, Brooklyn, Maizy, Harper, Asher, Addie Jo, and Baby Schroeder. He is also survived by one brother and his wife, Bob (Millie) Harrison and one sister, Chic McGuire, many adored nieces and nephews, and special friends Barb and Larry Smith.
Gene is preceded in death by his parents, Royal Harrison Sr. and Kathryn; daughter and son in law, Gina and Mike Metzler; brother and sister in law, Royal Harrison Jr. and Phyllis; and brother in law, Bill McGuire. Brother in law and sister in law Wayne and Joyce Jack; brother and sister in law, Wayne and Joyce Jack.
There will be a private family interment.
Petersen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.