Lyle Kenneth Harrison, beloved husband, father, and dedicated member of the community, passed away on October 21, 2023, in Vicksburg, Michigan. He was born on October 25, 1931, in Schoolcraft Township to his loving parents Ernest and Ethel (Barnes) Harrison. Lyle was one of eleven children.
Lyle attended Vicksburg High School. Lyle’s unwavering sense of patriotism led him to serve his country proudly in the United States Army from January 4, 1952 until his honorable discharge on January 6, 1955. His bravery and sacrifice are a testament to his character. Lyle met Katharina (Kate) while serving in Germany where they married in 1954. They spent 66 years together before her passing.
Upon his return to Michigan, Lyle started his career at Rheem that spanned over twenty-two years. Lyle then worked for Vicksburg Community Schools for over 20 years. His commitment and dedication to his work were truly commendable. Lyle was a mentor to many students during his time with Vicksburg schools.
Lyle was a steadfast provider, humble and hard working. He was a family man and loved being with his children. He reveled in the joy of attending family reunions and gatherings and never allowed an opportunity to pass him by. Family held a special place in Lyle's heart; he treasured each moment spent with loved ones.
An avid supporter of Vicksburg High School athletics throughout his life, Lyle could often be found cheering on the teams or working at various sporting events. His dedication did not go unnoticed as Vicksburg High School graciously honored Lyle by inducting him into their Athletic Hall of Fame—an accomplishment he cherished dearly.
Lyle and first wife Katharina, had two sons: Michael and Richard. Lyle's devotion to his family extended beyond his immediate loved ones and hummed vibrantly toward others. Later in life Lyle was an excellent caregiver and remained by Katie’s side until her passing in 2021. Lyle then met and developed a deep love with Lori (Bacon) Harrison to which he was then married.
Lyle's infectious smile, quick wit, and ability to make everyone laugh will forever be cherished in the hearts of all who knew him. His sparkling eyes would light up any room he entered and his joy was contagious.
Today, as we bid farewell to Lyle Kenneth Harrison, we celebrate a life well-lived and the legacy of laughter, warmth, and kindness that he leaves behind. May his spirit continue to bring smiles to our faces and may his memory serve as a reminder of the importance of cherishing every moment with our loved ones. In honoring Lyle's memory, let us strive to approach life with the same zest and enthusiasm that he did, spreading joy wherever we go. As we grieve the loss of this remarkable man, let us also celebrate the many gifts he shared with us throughout his lifetime.
Lyle will forever be missed but never forgotten—a shining beacon of love and laughter in our lives.
Lyle is survived by his wife, Lori; two sons: Mike (Guila) Harrison; and Rich Harrison; six grandchildren: Troy (Dana) Harrison; Senika (Curtis) Walcott; Jason Harrison; Josh (Julie) Harrison; Branden Harrison; Brock Harrison; six great grandchildren: Ivy, Brynn, Briar, Teagan, Tyler, and Kloey. He is also survived by one stepdaughter: Molly (Dan) Beale; two step grandchildren: Wyatt and Brynn Beale; and several beloved nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his first wife: Katharina; parents: Ernest and Ethel Harrison; 10 siblings: Carmeletta Bundy, Max Harrison, Lillian Bowser, Roy Harrison, Esther Peacock, John Harrison, Gertie Bower, Iva, Amy, and Alta Drust.
A graveside service with military honors will be held on Wednesday, November 1, 2023 at 11am at the Schoolcraft Cemetery. Following the graveside service the family would invite you to join them for a Celebration of Life gathering at the American Legion, 425 Clay Street, Schoolcraft, MI from 12noon until 2pm.
While at www.amsfuneralhomes.com please take time to sign Lyle’s guestbook and/or share a memory with his family. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Centrica Care Navigator’s or American Legion/Schoolcraft.
The Harrison family is being cared for by the Avink, McCowen & Secord Funeral Home and Cremation Society, 409 South Main Street, Vicksburg, MI 49097 (269) 649-1697.