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Charles Edward Harrison

May 20, 1939 July 7, 2020
Charles Edward Harrison
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God’s plan for Charles E. “Charlie” Harrison was completed July 7, 2020 and he was called home to Heaven. Due to current COVID19 pandemic, the family has chosen to forego traditional funeral services or a memorial at this time. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the King of Kings Lutheran Church’s choir or Sunday school programs as a testimonial of Charlie’s faith and hopes to bring others to Christ, 306 E. Madison Street, Gardner, KS 66030.
Charlie was born in Detroit, Michigan on May 20, 1939 to Claude and Violet Harrison and spent most of his childhood in the thumb area of Michigan. He graduated from Sebewaing High School in 1957 and Ferris State University in 1961.
After a tour of duty in the Army he began a career with Ford Motor Company that lasted 33 years. Charlie worked in supply and distribution, sales and owner relations and retired in 1995 as quality care manager for the Kansas City region.
Charles married the woman he loved, Sandra Lea Hinkle on December 15, 1962 and together they had four children and seven grandchildren who were the joy of his life. Charlie and Sandra loved to travel in their 57 years together. He loved a good party and to gather his best friends and neighbors together.
In addition to his wife, Sandra of the home, other survivors include: daughter and son-in-law, Wendy and Jeff Thomas of St. Joseph, MO and children, Aubrey, Ryley, Madisen and Jolie; son and daughter-in-law, Jay and Donna Harrison of Walled Lake, MI and children, Jake and Alana; son, Edward Harrison of Gardner, KS; and daughter and son-in-law, Kristie and Keith Hudson of Lawrence, KS and their daughter, Kenzington; 7 great grandchildren, Kannon, Kooper, Tate, Tobias, Cameron, Max and Alvia; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Tom Harrison and sisters, Alice Pritchard and Frances Laursen.
After proclaiming Christ as his Savior he was active in Christ Lutheran Church of Overland Park, KS and King of Kings Lutheran Church in Gardner, KS. Charlie was a member of the choir, was a Sunday school teacher, a Care Caller, Greeter, Communion preparer and a member of the Foreign Mission Team making trips to Guatemala to build an orphanage and schools as well as volunteering after Hurricane Katrina with rebuilding the community. Charlie was a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) worker, working with children of parents who were going through difficult divorces to ensure that the children’s safety and desires were heard.

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