Lowell Edwin Harbison, 88, died on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019 at Franciscan Health Hospital in Crawfordsville.
He was born on April 12, 1930 in his childhood home located on Parkersburg Road near Russellville. His parents were Raymond and Virginia Frances (Sewell) Harbison.
He began school at Browns Valley until the end of fourth grade when it was consolidated into Waveland. He graduated from Waveland in 1948, and was a lifetime fan of Hornet’s basketball. Mr. Harbison grew up among many aunts and uncles and dozens of endearing cousins. Family was always foremost for him.
Mr. Harbison was a proud, lifelong farmer spanning a period from the days of threshing rings to the larger equipment of today. He retired before the days of computers in agriculture, and was happy about that!
On the evening of June 23, 1954, Lowell married Virginia Lou (Jarvis) of Russellville a day after she graduated from Indiana State. She went on to teach first grade for 31 years, primarily at Ladoga, with Lowell’s full support. Virginia passed away on April 17, 2013. In their later years, Mr. and Mrs. Harbison spent much of their time traveling to all 50 states, and ultimately sheltering in Florida in January and February with life-long Waveland friends.
Mr. Harbison served six years in the National Guard, attaining the rank of Master Sargent. One of his true passions was his membership in the Masonic Lodge. He was a 32nd degree Master Mason of the Russellville Lodge, where he served as treasurer for 36 years. Additionally, he was a member of the York Rite, Scottish Rite and Murat Shriners. He supported the Shriner charities and their care for children.
Mr. Harbison was a faithful, lifelong member of the Russellville Community Church.
He served on the Montgomery County Planning and Zoning Committee and also the Brown Township Advisory Board.
Survivors include daughter, Beth (Tim) Hollabaugh of Bryan, Ohio, and son David Harbison, (Russellville). He was a very proud Grandpa to Tyler Hollabaugh of Fayetteville, N.C. and Jacob Hollabaugh of Chicago, Ill.; a sister, Helen Swearingen of Crawfordsville and brother, Robert (Mischa) Harbison of Greencastle; and several nieces and nephews that got to grow up “on the farm.”
Funeral service are scheduled for 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 at the church, 103 3rd Street, Russellville, IN 46175 with Pastor Alan Small officiating.
Burial following at Hebron Cemetery, Russellville.
Friends may visit with the family at the church on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The family requests donations to either the Russellville Community Church or the Shriners Children’s Hospital. Envelopes will be provided at the church.
Online condolences may be made at www.machledtservies.com
A special thank you to all of the caregivers of Lowell and Virginia over the past few years…you brightened their lives!