Lowell Harbison


Lowell Edwin Harbison, 88, died on Monday, February 4th at Franciscan Health Hospital in Crawfordsville, Indiana.  He was born on April 12, 1930 in his childhood home located on Parkersburg Road near Russellville.  His parents were Raymond and Virginia Frances (Sewell) Harbison.

Lowell was a proud, lifelong farmer spanning a period from the days of threshing rings to the larger equipment of today.  He retired before the days of computers in agriculture, and was happy about that!

Lowell began school at Browns Valley until the end of fourth grade when it was consolidated into Waveland.  He graduated from Waveland in 1948, and was a lifetime fan of Hornet’s basketball.

On the evening of June 23, 1954, Lowell married Virginia Lou (Jarvis) of Russellville a day after she graduated from Indiana State.  Virginia went on to teach first grade for 31 years, primarily at Ladoga, with Lowell’s full support.  Virginia passed away on April 17, 2013.

Survivors include daughter Beth (Tim) Hollabaugh (Bryan, OH), and son David Harbison, (Russellville).  Lowell was a very proud Grandpa to Tyler Hollabaugh (Fayetteville, NC) and Jacob Hollabaugh (Chicago, IL).

Lowell grew up among many aunts and uncles and dozens of endearing cousins.  Family was always foremost for Lowell.  Also surviving are sister Helen Swearingen (Crawfordsville) and brother Robert (Mischa) Harbison of Greencastle.  Uncle Lowell had several nieces and nephews that got to grow up “on the farm,” and they survive.

In their latter years, Lowell and Virginia spent much of their time traveling to all 50 states, and ultimately sheltering in Florida in January and February with life-long Waveland friends.  Lowell served on the Montgomery County Planning and Zoning Committee and also the Brown Township Advisory Board.

Lowell served six years in the National Guard, attaining the rank of Master Sargent.  One of Lowell’s true passions was his membership in the Masonic Lodge.  He was a 32nd degree Master Mason of the Russellville Lodge, where he served as treasurer for 36 years.  Additionally, he was a member of the York Rite, Scottish Rite and Murat Shriners.  He supported the Shriner charities and their care for children.

Lowell was a faithful, lifelong member of the Russellville Community Church.  His funeral service will be 10:00 AM, Saturday, February 9, 2019 at the church, 103 3rd Street, Russellville, IN 46175 with Pastor Alan Small officiating. Burial following at Hebron Cemetery, Russellville.  Friends may visit with the family at the church on Friday, February 8th from 4:00 – 7:00 PM.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to either the Russellville Community Church or the Shriners Children’s Hospital. Envelopes will be provided at the church.

A special thank you to all of the caregivers of Lowell and Virginia over the past few years…you brightened their lives!

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13 thoughts on “Lowell Harbison

  • Barry Delks

    Great life! Blessed family. Honored to know the Harbison’s and they impacted my family in many great ways.
    God bless you all.
    Barry and Kim

  • Elizabeth Betsy Sinnet Spencer

    Bless you Lowelll and Virginia — so many wonderful memoriies growing up and all the times you helped our family. See you both on the other side. God bless. Betsy

  • Ralph and Mary Bruin

    We are grateful for the many years of friendship with Lowell and with Virginia. We are so sorry that we are not at home this month and will not be able to pay our respects and express our love to Beth, David and their families. Our memories of times shared are blessings. Rest In Peace, dear friend.

  • Karen Bazzani Zach

    What a sweet, kind and giving man. Hopefully will make it over to the calling. If not, rest in peace & blessings upon your family!

  • Lissa Mason

    Beth, David & Family, I’m so sorry for your loss & know this sadness is felt by so many. My husband, Stan, ran the fertilize plant at Ladoga where Lowell was a customer & they talked “farm” every time they met. Your Mother taught both of our children & her memory is still so cherished. What a great couple they were & what a wonderful legacy they have left each of you & the countless people they impacted in the communities they loved. May you be comforted knowing they are together today! God bless.

  • Curtis, Jenny, and Tommy Hollabaugh

    We are so sorry for your loss. We are sad we will not be able to be with you during this time but we will be thinking and praying for you.

  • Billie Mae Wintin

    To David, Beth, and family –
    I have known your Dad since the early 1950s when your Mom was my roommate at Indiana State Teachers College, and he was a frequent visitor to the campus. At that time, the only Womens Residence Hall had 4 girls to a room, so we had lots of roommates. Shortly after your parents married in 1954,they invited several former roommates to visit them at their farm home. That was the beginning of “The Reunion.” The Reunion Eventually turned out to be mostly Gamma Phi sorority sisters, whether they were roommates in the dorm or not.
    It also turned out to be a lifelong event, and we’ve all felt as close as true brothers and sisters. Lowell and Virginia loved being the hosts and went all out to make us welcome and insure we all had a good time—wagon rides for the kids, hand cranked home made ice cream for everybody. A menu that included a bounty of vegetables from the farm. And endless visiting, reminiscing and sharing. When our kids increased in number and age, The Harbisons made arrangements to have The Reunion at a nearby park with a swimming pool and a golf course to provide a number of activities. When the kids were grown up, we went back to the farm. I don’t have to tell you all of that, because you were there. It was a major yearly event in our lives, and they knew how to put on a great party.
    We will never be the same without them, but we all are incredibly blessed by having such wonderful friends in our lives!

  • marvin brewer

    Beth and David,
    Marvin worked for your family when he was in high school and loved every minute of the time spent with your mom and dad. Our daughter, Beth was named after you Beth, as Marvin thought you very special little girl when he was working there. Your mom taught all three of our kids in first grade and got them off to a wonderful start in education. We loved your parents and want you to know we are thinking of you at this time. Marvin’s health isn’t good enough now to let us come to see you now but we are with you in spirit. Love to you both and your families.

  • Kristie Cottrell

    David,
    I’m very sorry for your loss. Lowell was a very special man. I loved when he would come by my office just to say hello. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

    Kristie Cottrell- former Social Services at Wellbrooke