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Thornton Dode Harrison

Born: Thu., Feb. 8, 1951
Died: Sat., Jan. 5, 2019


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Thornton Dode Harrison, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather passed away on January 5, 2019 at his home in Basin, WY with his wife by his side.  Dode was born February 8, 1951 in Cody, WY to Helen Mar Ives & Vern Harrison.  He was the only boy with three sisters Judy Rae, Verna Kay, and Rita Ann.  

Dode attended Greybull schools for his elementary, middle, and high school years.  He graduated from Greybull High School in 1970.  He was active in football, basketball, and FFA.  

Dode attended Northwest College for one year then served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the British Columbia Mission, which was one of his fondest memories.  

November 23, 1974 Dode married his eternal companion, Juli Kay Akin in the Provo Utah Temple, where they were sealed for time and all eternity.  Dode and Juli were blessed with 5 children, Tammy, Timmy, Tony, Teri, & Travis.  Dode farmed with his father, Vern, for 16 years on Emblem Bench.  

Dode and his family moved to Basin in 1990 where he was employed at the Big Horn County Sheriff’s Office, until June 1991.  In 1992, Dode began working for Wheeler’s IGA where he was employed for 15 years. In May 2007, Dode went to work for TCT.  He later retired from TCT in May 2017 and tended to his family and home south of Basin.  

Dode’s wife, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren were his pride and joy.  He enjoyed spending countless hours with his family and most of all teasing the grandchildren. “We are grateful knowing that this isn’t the last time we will be with you again! You have built an unbelievable legacy and taught us the true meaning of Cowboy Up!”  

Dode overcame many trials during his time on Earth which molded him to be the honorable man he was.  A close family friend shared with the family her portrayal of the relationship dad and mom had and the family cannot say it better than she did.  “You two were as one – sending a message of how great marriage is through sad times, joyous times, worrying times, but always together.”  Dad was one in a million.  

Dode built a legacy that this family will honor and carry on.  

Dode is survived by his wife, Juli of Basin; their five children, Tammy Harrison of Scottsbluff, NE; Tim (Tina) Harrison of Billings, MT; Tony (Beth) Harrison of Basin; Teri (Nathan) Legg of Park City, MT; and Travis (Jannica) Harrison of Cody.  In addition to his children, Dode is survived by his grandchildren and great grandchildren: Matthew Sessions, Kalton Sessions, Kenton Sessions, Wyatt Harrison, Braxton Legg, Taelynne Legg, Weston Harrison, Jaxon Legg, Quinn Harrison, and Maddix Legg.

Dode was preceded in death by his parents Vern and Helen Harrison.  

Funeral services, for family only, will be held Saturday, January 12, 2019 at Haskell Funeral Home in Lovell, Wyoming.  Graveside services for family & friends will be Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 1:15 P.M. at Mount View Cemetery in Basin, Wyoming.

Haskell Funeral Home is handling funeral arrangements.  The family would like to thank all those for the compassion and abundance of sympathy shown to our family at this time.  

“God Be With All of Us Till We Meet Again, dad.“

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George and Linda Marcus
   Posted Tue January 08, 2019
So sad for you in the passing of Dode. He was always a such a good man and he will surely be missed. Our prayers are with you, Jul and with your family.

Bill & Bonnie Malone
   Posted Tue January 08, 2019
Our deepest sympathy Tony and Beth6

Jerry Doerr
   Posted Tue January 08, 2019
My sincere condolences to the Harrison family. The times I was able to visit with Dode in the past were certainly fun. The teasing we had of past memories playing basketball against each other will certainly be missed.
This makes me sad but know we can see him again.

Charlie Boson & Cindy Cullison
   Posted Tue January 08, 2019
We are sending out sincere condolences. May God Bless your famliy. Hugs so very sorry for your loss.

Rhonda Lea Lynam, daughter of Diz lynam
   Posted Tue January 08, 2019
My dad loved you so much.....I still remember how sweet you were to "the girl with the great big smile" I will never forget how nice you were to me.....

Francie Weekes
   Posted Tue January 08, 2019
We are very sad to learn about Dode. He was a wonderful childhood friend as we grew up together at Emblem. He was a great classmate and I enjoyed watching him play basketball. He was very competitive. He is blessed to have a loving family. I know you will miss him so much.

Joanne Mills Anderson
   Posted Wed January 09, 2019
Condolences for all of the family. I worked with Dode at Wheeler's IGA a while ago..:-) and I have known Juli since school. God received a wonderful man home. Prayers for all.

Joyce Moeller
   Posted Thu January 10, 2019
Dear Tammy & family,
I so enjoyed with working with you at Westmoor School and getting to know you & your boys. Please know you are all in my thoughts & prayers at this time. With sympathy, Joyce

Charlie and Joni Bender
   Posted Fri January 11, 2019
We love you, Dode. We will all help to watch over Juli until we meet again !

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