John V. Harrison IV, 41, of Dayton Township died Oct. 11, 2009, in his home.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in St. Columba Church, Ottawa. The Rev. David Kipfer, pastor, and the Rev. Douglas Williams, pastor of Evangelical United Methodist Church, will officiate. Burial will be private at St. Columba Cemetery.

Visitation will be 2-7 p.m. today in Mueller Funeral Home, Ottawa.

Mr. Harrison was born Nov. 3, 1967, in Michigan City, Ind., to John V. and Marsha (Fate) Harrison. He married Kim Dubois on Feb. 23, 1990, in Michigan City.

He graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor's degree in education and then received his master's in education administration from Illinois State University and then an Ed.S. specialist degree from Western Illinois University. He was currently working towards an Ed.D. degree.

He worked 19 years at Ottawa Township High School, serving as science teacher 1990-1997, assistant principal from 1997-2002, principal from 2002-2008 and superintendent from 2008 to present.

He was a recipient of the following awards, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy Award of Excellence in 1993; Educator's Award, Regional Office of Education, La Salle County in 1994-Teacher; Most Inspirational Teacher, Western Illinois University in 1996; Outstanding Educator, University of Chicago in 1997; and Educator's Award, Regional Office of Education, La Salle County in 2000-Administration.

He served on the board of directors for Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the La Salle/Putnam County Educational Alliance for Special Education Executive Board and recently was nominated to Ottawa Regional Hospital and Healthcare Center Board.

He also was a member of Ottawa Rotary Club, Starved Rock Area Vocational Technical Education, Ottawa Township High School Foundation, Ottawa Township High School Foundation Hall of Fame, Vision On Issues and Choices in Education, Illinois Association of School Administrators, Illinois Association of School Administrators Starved Rock Division, Illinois Association School Business Officials and was involved with United Way Labor of Love.

Survivors are his wife, Kim Harrison; one daughter, Celeste, at home; his father, of Indiana; one brother, Ryan Harrison of Michigan City; one sister, Holly (Mark) Hertzberg of Michigan City; and his maternal grandmother, Lana Fate of Mount Gilead, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by his mother.

Pallbearers will be Matt Winchester, Michael Tresnak, Jeff DeWalt, Mark Clinch, Bart Maguire, Mark Buehl, Jim Stolze and Mark Hertzberg.

Memorials may be directed to Ottawa Township High School Foundation, lung cancer or breast cancer association or to the donor's choice.
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