Galen Ray Harrison, 76, of Center, passed away from COVID-19 Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021 in Memorial Hospital, Colorado Springs.
He was born March 3, 1944 in Monte Vista to Ellis (Bid) and Freda Harrison who preceded him in death.
He is survived by Teresa (Carpenter) Harrison, his wife of 52 years; Brian and Terry Harrison, their children Brent and Allison; Tawnya and Nathan Toland, their children Remington, Rhiannon and Ruger; older brother Wesley and Virginia Harrison, younger sister Myrna and Joe Ence, several brother- and sister-in-laws, nieces and nephews, cousins and friends near and far.
Galen graduated from Center High School in 1962 and was active in football and baseball. He attended Adams State. He farmed with his father until he was drafted into the United States Army in 1969. Because of his college education, hard work and people skills, he became an officer and was stationed at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs. He was medically discharged as a 1st Lieutenant in 1972. Galen returned to farm with his dad and brother. He was later joined by his son, Brian and grandson, Brent. Together they were successful raising potatoes and Coors barley.
Galen loved his family and supported them, traveling all over the state watching games in rain, snow and shine. There are many nicknames given in love by Galen. He was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Monte Vista for more than 60 years. Later, he joined Gateway Church in Del Norte. People were never a stranger to him. He visited with everyone. He loved little children and made them feel important and loved.
Galen loved everything about the outdoors. From sunrise to sundown, he loved the Colorado skies and mountains. The farm was very special to him as he could work the dirt but disliked the rocks. He was happy when sprinklers were developed. He considered them the greatest invention of all time. Galen loved spending time in a tractor doing field work and blading snow on Poverty Ridge. He loved dogs and cats and spoiled them rotten. His favorite pastime was hunting geese, coyotes and big game. Seeing geese fly in formation gave him great joy. Galen was a member of the NRA, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, North American Hunting Club and Ducks Unlimited.
A visitation will be held on Friday evening, March 5, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Rogers Family Mortuary in Monte Vista. Services will be on Saturday, March 6, 2021, at Gateway Church in Del Norte at 10 a.m. with military honors at Monte Vista Cemetery following. In light of the pandemic, all are welcome but online streaming will be available on You Tube on the channel for Gateway Church of Del Norte. Please join us online if you are in a high-risk group, aren’t feeling well or are uncomfortable joining us in person. There will be an open house at the Harrison Shop, 2031 W. Road 9 North, Center starting at 12:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Children’s Ministry Fund, Gateway Church, 975 Grand Ave., Del Norte, CO 81132.
Rogers Family Mortuary is in care of the arrangements. To leave online condolences, tributes and words of comfort for Galen’s family, visit www.RogersFunerals.com.