MACOMB - Harrison Eller of Macomb passed away Thursday, March 1, 2007, at Wesley Village after a long illness.
Harrison was born in Macomb, Ill., on Nov. 17, 1929. He was born into the family of Walter Harrison Eller and Alice Larson Eller. The senior Mr. Eller was a longtime faculty member in the Physics Department at Western Illinois University.
Harrison was a 30-year faculty member of Spoon River College in Canton and Macomb, Ill. Harrison attended Western Academy and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Illinois University. He received Master's of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Illinois at Champaign.
Harrison was honorably discharged after serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.
He taught high school in the Chicago suburbs prior to his career at Spoon River College. He was known for having a nearly photographic memory of his course work. He stayed in contact with many of his former students beyond his retirement years. He was always very proud of the success of his students.
Harrison was past president of the Retired Teachers Organization for McDonough County, Ill.
He was a longtime member of the American Legion in Macomb.
He was formerly a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Macomb and more recently was a member of the University Baptist Church in Macomb.
Harrison spent six weeks each year in Traverse City, Mich. He also traveled each of his retirement years with his sister to 15 foreign countries, including Western and Eastern Europe and the Middle East.
He was a lifelong avid student of American political history and the stock market. His success in the stock market allowed him to generously support several international charities and many local philanthropies and student scholarships.
Harrison is survived by his sister, Dorothy Eller Claiborn of Houston, Texas; and nephews, Stephen Allan, Samuel Harrison and Thomas Lavern Claiborn; along with several great-nephews and nieces, several cousins in the Peoria area and friends.
Harrison and his family are very appreciative of the loving care he received from the employees of Lend-A-Hand over the last decade, as well as the excellent nursing care at Wesley Village.
Services for Harrison Eller will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the University Baptist Church, where visitation will be one hour prior to services. Dr. Richard Riley and the Rev. Kelly Reed will officiate. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Wesley Village.
Please sign guestbook at www.dodsworthfh.com.
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