|Birth: ||Jul. 17, 1921|
|Death: ||Jan. 11, 1996|
Russell B. Harsh died at 1:30 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 11, 1996) Normal, Illinois.
Surviving are his wife, Verna Harsh; two daughters, Diane Hudson, Normal, and Katherine Paternoster, Bloomington; two sons, Steve and James Harsh, both of Normal; and one brother, Kenneth Harsh, Bloomington.
Also surviving are six grandchildren, Kimberly, Keith and Kurt Hudson; Heather Harsh; Melissa Paternoster; and Brian Harsh.
Mr. Harsh was born July 17, 1921, in Portage Des Sioux, Mo., a son of Homer and Pearl Morgan Harsh. He married Verna Rinkenberger Aug. 10, 1946, in Bloomington.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Homer and Pearl Harsh; a son, Daniel Harsh; and a brother, Glenn Harsh.
Mr. Harsh was a graduate of Normal Community High School, Class of 1939, where he lettered in football, basketball and baseball. He attended Illinois State Normal University and enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1940. He was a sergeant in the 33rd Quartermaster of the 33rd Division. He participated in four invasions in the South Pacific during World War II.
He owned and operated the Hi-De-Ho Lounge and the Office Lounge and Restaurant, both in downtown Bloomington. He later owned and operated Mister Donut and Toppers Steak House, the area's first self-service steakhouse. From 1983 to 1995, he was associated with Budget Liquors in Normal.
Mr. Harsh was a member of Holy Trinity Church, Bloomington; Father John D. Ring Council 574 Knights of Columbus, Bloomington; and Fourth Degree.
He was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 454, Bloomington, where he served as Post Commander in 1978 and '79 and District 7 Commander in 1983; was a member of Past Commanders Club of Post 454; Past District Commanders Association; and Military Order of the Cootie.
He was a member of the American Legion Louis E. Davis Post 56; life member of the Bloomington Elks Lodge 281; Fraternal Order of Eagles; Loyal Order of the Moose Post 745; Fraternal Order of Clubs; and Association of National and Fraternal Lodges and Clubs.
Published Pantagraph, The (Bloomington, IL) - January 13, 1996
Park Hill Cemetery and Mausoleum
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He was a sergeant in the 33rd Quartermaster of the 33rd Division. He participated in four invasions in the South Pacific during World War II.|
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Bob & Nancy Cannon
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