Eli E. Harrison

Eli E. Harrison passed away peacefully Oct. 16, 2012. He was 91.

A memorial service will be held on Dec. 8 at 11 a.m. at the Masonic Lodge in Ridgecrest.

Eli was born March 21, 1921, in Sallisaw, Okla. He served in the Merchant Marines in World War II and traveled all over the world. He loved telling stories from his adventures. He married Barbara, the love of his life and his dancing partner. Their marriage lasted 57 happy years until her passing. Their family included three children, Daniel, Sandra and Courtney.

Eli was the epitome of the strong, quiet type. He was a man of few words but deep wisdom. He was an inspiration to his family and those close to him. Eli possessed a keen wit and wonderful, dry sense of humor. He was simple in many ways and wonderfully complex in others.

He was the guy his family counted on for answers from algebra to spelling to how to fix everything, and, of course, the deep questions of philosophy. Eli read thousands of books in his lifetime. He loved the music of his youth and was a terrific singer and dancer. He had a delightful smile and he generously shared it, especially with his four granddaughters.

Eli was a Past Master of I.W.V. Masonic Lodge No. 684 Free and Accepted Masons. Those who knew his commitment and dedication to the work recognized him as the consummate ritualist and an outstanding supporter of the lodge he loved. He diligently learned the components of the work and was known as truly one of the best.

He was a Ridgecrest resident for 57 years, retiring from the Naval Air Weapons Station, China Lake, in 1983 after spending the last years as the supervisor of the outside machine shop in Building 177.

He is survived by his children Daniel, Sandra, Courtney and Courtney’s wife Kari; granddaughters Alexandra Harrison, Ellen Harrison, Alice Cornelius and Tori Harrison; grandsons Brenton Cornelius and Jeff Cornelius and great-grandson Venice Harrison; his faithful companion Jake; and three sisters living outside the area.

Eli was preceded in death by his wife Barbara.

He was one of a kind and is missed dearly.

Submitted by the family of Eli E. Harrison

Story First Published: 2012-12-05