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1120 E. Main Street
Vermillion, SD 57069
Phone: 605-624-2829
Fax: 605-624-2931
Harlan Crissey

Harlan Lee Crissey

Thursday, June 2nd, 1938 - Thursday, June 27th, 2019
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Harlan Lee Crissey, son of Cletus and Hannah (Soenksen) Crissey, was born on June 2nd, 1938 in Storm Lake, Iowa. He attended Hayes Elementary and High school before enlisting in the U.S. Army from 1959-1963.
On December 7th, 1958, Harlan married Sharon Teter in Audubon, Iowa. To this union, five children were born: Kathryn, Nancy, Robert, Gerald, and David. Harlan and Sharon moved often due to his work and were married for 17 years before Harlan moved to South Dakota.
On June 2nd, 1979, Harlan married LaMay Eli on the Eli farm in rural Volin, SD. To this union, three children were born: Marlana, William, and Angelene. Just weeks before his passing, Harlan celebrated his 40-year wedding anniversary with his loving wife and family.
Harlan spent many years working for Christensen Brothers Construction (IA), Graves Construction (IA), Sweetman Construction (SD), and during the winter months in South Dakota he worked for his best friend John Hazen doing road grading, hauling gravel, and pushing snow around the Volin area. One of his most memorable experiences through his working career included the time he saved a young co-workers life in Iowa during the early 1970’s. He provided mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and closed heart massage after a young man came in contact with high voltage. From the brave act, he received a Life-Saving Award for volunteer and meritorious service from then Governor Robert Ray at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines.
In 2000, Harlan went into retirement and enjoyed spending time out in his garden, out fishing with his family, and enjoying time with his grandchildren and great-grandkids. In 2007, Harlan came out of retirement to pull the levers on a crane one last time for the new Discovery Bridge Project in Yankton, SD. Not long after its completion, he fell into health issues and went on dialysis under the direction of Dr. Santos and the Avera McKennan Outpatient Dialysis Team in Sioux Falls, SD. Here he met many wonderful and caring nurses, physicians, and friends who enjoyed his Bee Gee’s singing, treats, and stories.
On June 27th, 2019, Harlan passed away unexpectedly at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls with his loving wife holding his hand. He was proceeded into death by his parents, Cletus and Hannah, two sisters: Sherron Skaggs and Sandra Voss, and a beloved brother Marlyn Crissey.
Among those who survive and who gratefully shared his life include: his wife LaMay Crissey of Volin, SD; two sisters: Patricia Young of Cameron, WI and Jacque Crissey-Geveshausen of Alcester, SD; eight children: Kathy Conger of Martinsburg, IA; Nancy (Pete) Steffen of Volin, SD; Bob (Sandra) Crissey of Bradenton, FL; Jerry Crissey of Bradenton, FL; Dave Crissey of Honolulu, HI; Marlana (Darren) Monroe of Centerville, SD; William (Stephanie) Crissey of Kansas City, MO; Angel (Pat) Yanelur of Onawa, IA; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019 | 5:30pm - 7:00pm
    Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019 5:30pm - 7:00pm
    Hansen Funeral Home
A Celebration-of-Life will start at noon on Wednesday, July 3rd at the Volin town hall with a closed dinner at 3pm for close friends and family.


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Kristi Christle

Posted at 07:56am
So sorry for your lose! Thoughts and prayers. I wish I could be there for visitation/funeral. You will all be in our thoughts!

Kathryn L Conger

Posted at 10:23pm
As I have sat and reflected about my dad the last couple days, I have so many memories growing up. I will always remember the smell of his shaving cream. His Sunday mornings spent in the bathroom with the Sunday paper spread all over the bathroom floor. Him teaching Nancy & I to ride a bike. Piling us into the station wagon on a Christmas Eve & convincing us that we saw Santa & the reindeer in the sky. Etc. Alot of funny stories that are too colorful to tell in public! Our dad taught us to always say I love you when saying good bye, cause you never knew if it would be the last.(how true is that!) He was a hugger & kisser. I have many fond & funny memories. My favorite was, he was just my dad! Go with God daddy. Lindsey was there waiting to welcome you!
Love Always~ Kathy

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