Alvin R. Harrell

Memorial services for Alvin R. Harrell, 89, Lawrence, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at First Presbyterian Church in Lawrence, KS. The family will greet friends from 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at First Presbyterian Church in Lawrence. He died September 25, 2015 at his home surrounded by his family.

Alvin was born March 14, 1926 in Clinton, Kansas the son of Russell Merle and Ada (Goff) Harrell.

He was a Dairy Farmer as well as an Agricultural Farmer. He was a craftsman and loved woodworking. He was a member of Clinton Presbyterian Church, he was a 4-H Leader for 11 years; he also served on the Clinton Township Board and volunteered for the Clinton Fire Department for 20 years.

Alvin married Shirley Powell on February 7, 1948 in Lawrence, Kansas. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include his daughter, Jolene Harrell of Lawrence, KS; three sons, Jerry Harrell of Meriden, KS, Rick Harrell of Lawrence, KS, Terry Harrell of Centropolis, KS; his brother, Leslie (Skip) Harrell of Lawrence, KS; 19 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Irene Steele, Roberta Medley, Vernon Harrell, his twin sister, Evelyn Lasley, Leo Harrell and Alma Houk.Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Clinton Presbyterian Church or to Grace Hospice may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.


16 Condolences

  1. Misty Saxer (Brooks) on September 27, 2015 at 10:14 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with all of the family.

  2. Linda Motter on September 27, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you.


  3. Kaley Maley on September 27, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    Thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
    He was a great man and I am very lucky to have known him.

  4. Linda Martin on September 27, 2015 at 11:24 pm

    I am deeply sorry for your loss. Alvin was an outstanding man. He was one of the hardest working man I have ever met and he raised his family to be the same. My prayers go to Shirley and the rest of the family that they are at peace knowing that Alvin is resting and in peace. God bless you all.

  5. Lana Christie (Hayes) on September 27, 2015 at 11:28 pm

    I am so honored to have had the pleasure of getting to know this wonderful and amazing man, as well as his lovely wife Shirley and beautiful daughter Jolene and here fabulous children and many extensions thereof. Unfortunately I will be unable to attend the services due to help take care of my mother’s medical needs on this day. Please know my heartfelt thoughts and prayers are and will continue to be with you all during this difficult time. May God’s love and comfort be upon you and my your memories sustain you. Sincerely, Lana

  6. Kelly Jenkins on September 28, 2015 at 6:21 am

    So very sorry for your loss Shirley. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  7. Luanne Hess on September 28, 2015 at 8:46 am

    So sorry for your loss Shirley and all of the family.May God give you comforting in knowing he is not suffering anymore.

  8. Joyce Cromwell on September 28, 2015 at 10:57 am

    My thoughts and prayers to the enrire family at this time. He was a great man and will be missed.

  9. Mary Gordon on September 28, 2015 at 11:13 am

    My deepest sympathy goes to you– Shirley and your family. Alvin was a gentle man and a gentleman. He is another person whom I “knew all his life”.

    Mary Demeritt Gordon

  10. Kay Markley Sanders on September 28, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    Sorry for the loss of your husband and father, grandfather.
    Prayers go out to all of you.

  11. Debbie Shafer on September 28, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    Thinking of u at this difficult time. He charlie and herman hess are telling
    great stories.
    Love Harry and Debbie Shafer

  12. tammie torneden on September 28, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    Thank you for serving in the role of grandpa, after my grandpa died. I learned so much from you. I will forever be grateful knowing you.

  13. Shanda on September 29, 2015 at 10:08 am

    Grandpa Alvin, You may not have been my blood grandpa but you stepped up and took on that role when my grandpa died. You taught me so much. You gave me my first ride in the combine. I was tall enough to see over the wheel so I would set on your lap. That was so much fun. Then we would fill the water truck. The memories I have of you are precious. I remember you would let me drive your truck. That was scary for you I am sure.

    I am such a better person because you taught me alot. Above all you taught me to work hard, love my family, and be a good girl. I will always love you Papa Alvin. Your family is more than our friends, you are our family. My grandma loved each and everyone of your grandchildren as her own.

    I love you and grandma Shirley so very much. Not a day will go by that I do think of each of you. If you should ever need anything Grandma just let me know.

    I feel honored to know you both.

  14. kathy gragg on September 29, 2015 at 10:31 am

    So very sorry for your loss

  15. Pam (Jennings) Flowers on September 29, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    We’re so sorry to hear of Alvin passing.
    With our deepest sympathy!
    Much Love and Prayers to you and your family.
    The Jennings Family, Morris, Judy and Pam.

  16. Orville Buchheim on September 30, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    Very sorry for your loss. Thinking about you during this difficult time.

    Orville Buchheim

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