Lewiston Lewiston Morning Tribune,
Ernest E. Harrison, 84, Sunday, June 17, 2007
June 5, 1923-June 13, 2007
It is with deep regret that the family of Ernest E. Harrison inform the people of the Lewis-Clark Valley of his passing at 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, 2007.
Ernie, as everyone called him, was a regular human fixture in the community. As an art teacher for Lewiston High School for 22 years, he was a major influence on countless amateur and professional artists from the area, including the world-renowned ultra-naturalist Stephen Lyman. If you didn't know Ernie as a teacher, you probably knew him as a uniquely dedicated Christian and Methodist minister. Or ... perhaps he married you and your spouse or you were a witness to one of his highly creative wedding ceremonies performed by parachute, in a hot-air balloon or even in a high-rise crane.
If you were one of the fortunate people to spend some time in conversation with Ernie you might have learned that he served as a medic on a troop transport ship in the Far East during World War II, or that he had a passion for hot rods during his youth in Southern California, or that he'd rather be on a golf course with friends than anywhere else in the world.
Ernie leaves behind his wife, Irene; daughters, Joline, Cyndy and Lauren; sons, Dana and Todd; as well as five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind many people whose lives he enriched with his presence in this community he loved so.
Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 23, at the First Baptist Church at 812 Eighth St. in Lewiston. If Ernie were able to eulogize his own service he would probably say, "Do not fear my death as I am going home to be with my Lord. Do not mourn my passing, rather, celebrate my life." And we might reply ... "Thanks Ernie, for enriching our lives."
Ernie's family requests that instead of flowers, a gift to the First Baptist Church Memorial Fund will be greatly appreciated and hope that each in attendance will sign the guest register.