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LeRoy Edwin Harrison, Sr. (1970)


Posted By: Kent Transier
Date: 5/9/2022 at 11:54:27

Osceola Tribune
Osceola, Iowa
Tuesday, November 3, 1970
Page 1, Column 8

Train-Pickup Accident Claims Life of L. Harrison

Clarke County’s second traffic fatality of 1970 was recorded Friday with the death of LeRoy E. Harrison Sr. of Murray. He died at the Clarke County Public Hospital of injuries suffered when his pickup truck was in collision with a diesel locomotive of the CB&Q railroad at a Murray intersection.

The accident took place about 7 a.m. when Harrison, who was traveling north in his pickup loaded with ear corn, was crossing the double tracks on Sherman Street, west of Main Street. His truck was struck on the right front side by the westbound freight and carried some distance. He was thrown from the cab and suffered severe injuries. He was taken to the Clarke County Hospital by Burns Ambulance Service where he died about an hour later.

Dave Reynolds of the Iowa Highway Patrol, Clarke County Sheriff John Stearns and deputy Sheriff Fred Hembrey investigated the fatality.

Funeral services for LeRoy Harrison Sr. were held Monday, November 2, from the Murray Church of Christ. The Rev. James Epperson conducted the 2 p.m. funeral with interment in Murray Cemetery.

LeRoy E. Harrison Sr., was born November 26, 1921, in Macksburg, Iowa, son of John Guy Harrison and Nadia Coomans Harrison. He was married to Dorothy Miller on June 23, 1940, in Oceola. Four children were born to this union. He was affiliated with the Murray Church of Christ.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy of Murray; son, LeRoy Harrison of Des Moines; daughters, Joyce Allen of Waukee, Iowa, Judith Wilkinson of Central Square, New York, and Carolyn Harrison of Murray; and four grandchildren; sister, Essie Jorgensen of Winterset; sister, Dorothy Klingamon of Redfield; sister, Bernice Williams of Creston; sister, Georgia Crow of Macksburg; sister, Ethel Gosse of Waterloo; brother, Paul Harrison of Horneck; brother, Clair Harrison of Winterset; brother, Harold Harrison of Rockwell, Rex Harrison of High Ridge, Missouri.

He was preceded in death by his parents.


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