Lindell Harrison, 76, of Otterville, Missouri, passed away October 8, 2022, at Bothwell Regional Health Center in Sedalia. He was born August 21, 1946, in rural Monroe County, Missouri, the son of Robert Lindell and Pearl Elizabeth (Noonan) Harrison. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Hanna Louise and Barbara Jean; and one son, Victor Bradford.
In 1967 he married Mary Jane Harrison; to this union two sons were born. In June 1984 he married his wife of 38 years, Barbara Ann, who survives of the home. He is also survived by three children: Christian Paige Harrison, Justin Tyler Harrison, Kari Denise Harrison; eight grandchildren: Jack, Clay, Lilly, Scarlett, Brynley, Giana, Marlow, and Henry, as well as extended family members and friends.
Lindell was a 1964 graduate of Moberly High School and attended Trenton Junior College through an athletic scholarship. He was later employed by the Wabash Railroad Company before beginning a long, accomplished career in both the military and in public education. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1966 and in 1976 relisted in the Army National Guard. He retired from the military in August 2002 having served the previous ten years as Command Sergeant Major of the Missouri ARNG 35th Support Command.
Lindell completed his post-secondary education with bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Truman State University in Kirksville and a doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
His career in education spanned numerous positions including high school guidance counselor and teacher, statewide project coordinator, director of two Missouri area vocational-technical schools, community college dean, and superintendent of schools in four Missouri public school districts. He also taught and coordinated Extended Campus programs for the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.
Through his leadership in the Army and education, Dr. Harrison strengthened units, enhanced programming, and influenced lives. As a result of his business acumen, each organization he led experienced financial growth and stability. He was recognized for his significant contributions by the Missouri Association of School Administrators, Missouri School Board Association, Missouri Association of School Business Officials, and others.
Lindell was devoted to programs and activities which support individuals with disabilities and served as Executive Director of the Johnson County Board of Services (Warrensburg) and of the Senate Bill 40 Board of Moniteau County in California, Missouri. He was also a member of Rotary International and a Noble of the Mystic Shrine for North America. In his spare time Lin enjoyed reading, cooking, sports, and the delights of his life—his grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, October 14, at Howard Funeral Home, Boonville, with the Rev. Linda Potter officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Burial with military honors will be at the Walnut Grove Cemetery, Boonville, Missouri.
Memorials may be made to the Senate Bill 40 Board of Moniteau County in care of the Howard Funeral Home