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Harrison T Abbott

November 28, 1916 - April 27, 2012

HARRISON THOMAS ABBOTTHarrison T. Abbott passed away at home on April 27, 2012. He was born November 28, 1916, the son of John and Gussie Penberthy Abbott, in Janesville, Wisconsin. He lived in Mineral Point, Wisconsin and graduated from high school there. He received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin and his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Iowa. He married Jean E. Gorgen on February 6, 1939, a marriage that lasted 70 years. She preceded him in death on May 29, 2009. He is survived by his four children and their spouses: Scott (Sharen), Jae (Howard), Michael (Susanne), and Kathy (Darrell), 9 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. He worked for Oscar Mayer in Madison, Wisconsin, The United States Defense Engineering Agency in Davenport, Iowa, and the San Francisco Naval Shipyard in California. He and Jean retired to Hot Springs Village, Arkansas in 1986 where they lived until 2007. In 2007 they moved to Ogden, Utah to be near their daughter. They were residing in Ogden, Utah at the time of their deaths. Harrison will be cremated at his request and a private family memorial will take place at a later date. Cremation under the direction of Leavitt’s Mortuary.Please send your condolences and a memory at www.leavittsmortuary.com

 

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Born: November 28, 1916
Died: April 27, 2012

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Marianna & Jan posted on 5/10/12

JEAN AND AB WERE A TRUE AND CARING COUPLE. THEY ALWAYS WOULD LISTEN AND TALK TO YOU, MOST IMPORTANTLY THEY WOULD LIKE YOU FOR WHO YOU WERE. IT IS THESE RARE PEOPLE WE WILL ALWAYS TREASURE.WE WOULD SWIM IN LAKE PINEDA FOR HOURS/ (KATHIE ALSO). AB COULD NEVER UNDERSTAND WHAT WE TALKED ABOUT. WE TOLD HIM, IT WAS ABOUT HIM. HE WOULD LAUGH AND WALK AWAY. SO MANY MEMORIES...GARAGING, SHOPPING, GOOD TIMES, AND SHARING FAMILIES. JEAN AND AB ARE MISSED. OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO THE ABBOTT FAMILIES...WE LOVE THEM ALL. MARIANNA & Jan

 

Janet Adams posted on 5/7/12

To the Abbott FamilyWe have nothing but wonderful memories of Ab & Jean! We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We will always cherish the wonderful times together on Lake Pinada!! Your parents were a true inspiration for growing older gracefully and actively!. All the activities...swimming, tennis, golf, music, garaging (guess that was really Jean). Loved them both! My favorite memory is cruising on the Lake in the party barge betting on the time the sun would set...they were so good to my folks Marianna & Rex and we will miss Ab dearly! Grateful that Michael was able to bring Ab over to South Pasadena when he was out in CA to visit us. Love Jan

 

Beth kent posted on 5/7/12

Sorry to hear of Ab's death.Now he is together with Jean again andhe missed her so. Ab was a special person to our "Lunch bunch "group. A friend who will miss sending notes to him, Beth Kent

 

Tracy Hales posted on 5/3/12

Harrison always made me smile when he came to listen to me play the piano at McKay Dee Hospital. He was such a nice, genuine person that loved music and my number one fan. You will be sorely missed!

 

Jeff Abbott posted on 5/3/12

I am so proud to have called him grandpa, and so grateful for all he taught me. It makes me proud to be an Abbott. I will miss him very much.

 

Jae Levy posted on 5/3/12

It took me a long time to get to know my father. But now I am glad to find that I am a lot like him, and I'm grateful for that and for all his love.

 

Marlene and Larry Hoffman posted on 5/2/12

Dear Michael and family,We are so sorry to hear about your loss. It has been several years but I can still remember your dad, "Harry" as that was also my dad's name. He always impressed me as quite a distinguished gentleman and it is obvious to me that the "apple has not fallen too far from the trees" of both Jean and Harrison after knowing any of the Abbott children. What a wonderful legacy you have received from your beautiful parents. With our sincerest condolences at this difficult time. Marlene and Larry Hoffman

 

David DeGraff posted on 5/2/12

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during thid difficult time . Ab was a member of our tennis group inHot Springs Village and a friend to all .

 

Sharen posted on 5/1/12

I will miss my father-in-law just like I miss Jean, my mother-in-law. They were very special people to me. I have nothing but wonderful memories of them. They were always there for their family and we had great times with them. They are leaving a big void in our lives. I love them both, dearly. May they rest in peace.

 

Fred Rafeedie posted on 5/1/12

Dear Michael,You said it best. Your father was a great man and wonderful dad. There is no better proof of that fact than you. You followed in your father's footsteps and became a great man and wonderful father. You and the entire Abbott family are in the Rafeedie family's thoughts and prayers. Fred & Elizabeth

 

Becky Cox posted on 5/1/12

Gramps was always a great source of wisdom and knowledge. I have wonderful memories of staying with Gram and Gramps in Moline, walking Rebel and swimming at the pool. They are together again. I miss them both greatly.

 

scott abbott posted on 5/1/12

Dad has gone to the other side to be with his soulmate mom. He was lost and now is found. He will be greatly missed.

 

Abe posted on 5/1/12

I did not get to know Harrison very well, but he must have been a man of great integrity, character, principle and wisdom, and a great father, because Michael is all of that. I have no doubt that all of Harrison and Jean's children inherited and learned the same wonderful, and all too rare, traits from their parents. I consider myself fortunate to have worked with, and become a lifelong friend of, Michael. Debbie and I send our love, thoughts and prayers to the Abbott family. Abe & Debbie.

 

Debi Meador posted on 5/1/12

Gramps is what we called him. He was the best grandpa one could hope for. I have so many fond memories way too many to post them all but he was a great tennis teacher, took me and my brother Steve to Black Hawk college courts in Moline and taught us the sport. He loved frisbee and we spent hours in their backyard playing to "10", laughing! I loved his greeting, it started with a hug then he would grab you by the shoulders and give you a good lookin' over and you hoped to get his stamp of approval! He was knowledgeable, wise and engaging. I will forever admire Gram and Gramp's life long love for each other.

 

Sue and George Tanner posted on 5/1/12

How great to have had Jean and Ab as friends. What treasured memories we shared....as neighbors, tennis buddies, at dances, at garage sales, and wherever something was happening in HSV.We missed them when they moved to Utah, though we all understood that need to be closer to family.Jean started a "Lunch-Bunch of tennis players once a month after she could no longer partisipate in tennis. She always had a game for us to play..."guess the names of wildflowers" She and AB had picked them on the early morning hike. or...(bringing our baby pictures) a prize was given for the most correct guesses.Ab entertained us on the dock at their home as we swam or waded to cool off. He always was the friendly and helpful host along wiith Jean. Love to all of you Abbots that are left with a long list of memories. Great Pair!!

 

Lou Ann Kamigaki posted on 4/30/12

I was privileged enough to meet Harrison about a year ago, when he would come to the hospital to listen to his favorite piano player on Wednesday afternoons. As I worked as a volunteer at the front desk on Wednesday, he enlisted me to call him when this particular piano player was there as he didn't want to make the trip unnecessarily. I kept his phone number and would call him every Wednesday with the news of whether to make the trip or not. As we became friends, he talked to me about his wife, in such a loving way, that I knew part of him had indeed died when she did, he was lost without her and loved her so dearly. He also spoke about his daughter Kathy, whom I knew and was so very proud of her and Dr. Woods and how they had helped him since he lived in Utah. He was a true gentleman, wise, well spoken, and still making new friends in his 90's. I waited patiently to visit with him on Wednesday afternoons, I will miss seeing him and watching him getting lost in the beautiful music from his favorite piano player. Truly no one is more worthy of eternal life and peace.

 

Kathie Robinson posted on 4/30/12

Kathy,I truly feel your parents were the perfect example of "true love". After your mom's passing I think of your dad as a "beautiful swan" mourning the loss of his partner, waiting to be united in heaven. They were great people... the world needs more like them. I love you dear. Call me anytime. Kath

 

Charlotte & Ron Van Buren posted on 4/30/12

Dear Michael and family, Kathy and family, Jae and family, Scott and family,We are so sorry to hear of your Father's passing. We just know your darling Father went straight to heaven to be beside your Mother. I remember the great wit your Father displayed over the years and oh how handsome he was!Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.With love,Ron & Charlotte Van Buren

 

Michael Abbott posted on 4/30/12

He was my father. He was a great man and a wonderful Dad.

 

Wally & JoAnn Berrett posted on 4/29/12

Dear Kathy,We were so saddened this morning when we saw your Dad's picture in the obituaries. He & Jean were our neighbors for such a short time, but we had a great deal of love & respect for them both. Their reunion must have been very joyous. I will miss Ab's wave to me from accross the street & the good visits we had when I was sitting on my front steps & he would come over to join me. May the spirit of the Lord comfort you & the rest of the family at this difficult time. Remember, death isn't the end -- it's just really the beginning of eternity.Wally & JoAnn Berrett

 

Kathy posted on 4/29/12

I love you and miss you already.

 

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