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Joel R. Harrison

Joel R. Harrison Joel R. Harrison
    November 15, 2023 | 4:00 P.M-8:00 P.M.
  • Yurs Funeral Home
    405 East Main Street
    St. Charles, IL 60174
  • Funeral
  • November 16, 2023 | 11:00 A.M.
  • Yurs Funeral Home
    405 East Main Street
    St. Charles, IL 60174

Joel Robert Harrison, 55, passed away on November 7th, 2023 in Chicago, IL.

Joel was born in Champaign, IL to George “Jodie” and Renae Harrison on October 1st, 1968.  Joel graduated from Hinsdale Central High School in 1987 and went on to earn a degree in Political Science from Eastern Illinois University, where he played on the men’s basketball team.  Joel had a successful career in billboard sales for almost 30 years and was most recently employed by the Cook County Circuit Court.

Joel is survived by his children, Megan and Jack Harrison, of Aurora, Illinois, his mother, Renae Harrison (Tom Merritt), of St. Charles, Illinois, his brother Jason Harrison, of Geneva, Illinois, and his sister Heather Lange (Ron), of St. Charles, Illinois.  He is also survived by two nieces and two nephews, Lucy, Owen, Nora and Harrison, in addition to many other family members and friends.

Joel is preceded in death by his father, Jodie Harrison, grandparents Robert and Lila Wright and Robert and Geraldine Harrison, uncles Jack Harrison and Roger Wright, and his Aunt Judy Wright.

Joel enjoyed spending time with family, especially his children, long walks outdoors, visiting his parents’ and grandparents’ hometown of Streator, Illinois, Chicago sports and anything Fighting Illini.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the American Diabetes Association.


Julie O'Neill from Downers Grove , IL

"Joel has been in my family for years... My brothers best friend Greg lieberenz.. Always hanging at our house all through high school... He's like another brother to me.. I'm sad for his family and kids.. Wishing Joel peace and comfort.. May he fly with the angels and be by his dad's side🙂"

Tommy Canale from Las Vegas , NV

"RIP Cuz! You will be missed. So many memories. My thoughts with all the family! Prayers Up! Much Love"

Scott and Tina Daugherity from Henderson, NV

"Our condolences to the Harrison Family. Fun memories of being around Joel during family events in Streator. Hoping you’ve found peace in a better place with your loved one’s."

Jenny Canale from Las Vegas , NV

"Prayers and love to the family. Joel you will be missed. Lots of fun memories together."

Sue and Larry Fetzer from Blissfield, MI

"Renae and Family: How can one even begin to feel the pain and sadness that one has endured over their years. Renae, it would take a novel for Larry put into words the many memories he shared with Jodie, Jack, and now Joel. We hope God gives you all strength through this all and bless you with many memories of the good times. Our love goes out to you and your family, and we will keep you in our prayers."

Jeff Roth from Moorestown, NJ

"Sorry to hear the news. I have very fond memories of playing ball with Joel with his dad as coach. Both gone too soon. Sending my best to his family."

Christy Shores from University Park, IL

"I've only known Joel about a year as he was promoted to a court clerk in law division. I'm so sorry for the family's loss as well as all of us at the court. Rest in peace Joel."

Iris Towns from Chicago, IL

"Joel will be missed . I have known Joel for a short time but his smile, Jokes and many, many colognes you could smell a mile away will never be forgotten. My condolences to the entire Harrison family.Iris Towns Criminal Department/ Cook County Court."

Suzanne Strohschein from Clarendon Hills, IL

"My thoughts and prayers to Renae and family at this difficult time. Joel was an outstanding young man, a thoughtful and always fun high school student with a twinkle in his eye that reminded me of his dad. May Joel rest in peace with Jodie and watch over all of you."

Heidi Sulaski Flanagan from Wheaton, IL

"So many great memories “growing up” with Joel…riding in the way back of our station wagon on the way to HC sporting events. Or running around in the balcony at HC basketball games. I’m sad I didn’t stay close to him over the years. Prayers for peace to the Harrison family."

Rik Geiersbach from Hinsdale, IL

"Gone too soon. I really enjoyed catching up with Joel a few years back at a Community House Ball (in the same gym where kids now play "Jodie" youth basketball!). Always the character, he could command our attention with his antics. Others have mentioned the twinkle in his eye. Totally true - part mischief, part playful, always good natured. Our condolences to the entire family. Joel is somewhere up there shooting jumpers (oh, what a sweet, sweet shot he had) trying to beat his Dad in a game of HORSE. We'll miss you"

Charles Bernardini from Chicago, IL

"Joel's passing leaves a hole in Chicago. His outgoing personality made him liked by all in Lincoln Park, where he worked for me in my aldermanic office for 5 years, as our liaison with the business community and senior citizens. His government experience led Cook County to hire him in the Clerk of the Court office, where they recognized his people skills and where he rapidly advanced. In his spare time, he helped out in Lincoln Park's most popular sports bar, where of course he was a natural. Kudos and thanks to Jodie and Renae for this great young man they gave us, whose smile will always stay with us."

Jennifer Jacobs Coffey from Hinsdale, IL

"Sending my condolences to Joel’s family. I went to grade school St. Isaac Jogues, High school Hinsdale Central and college Eastern Illinois with Joel. Always felt a special bond with him because of all our shared experiences. Loved watching him play basketball at HC and EIU. Lots of great memories. May he rest in peace."

Daniel L. Hollenbach from River Forest, IL

"My condolences to the Harrison Family. Joel and I went to SIJ grade school in Hinsdale and I was lucky enough to be his friend, play basketball with him on the team and enjoy many good times. God speed Joel you will be missed. Danny"

Marie Ashford Suggs from Chicago, IL

"You will truly be missed joel such a kind loving guy loved your bright smile"

The Burleson Family from Lincoln Park , IL

"We will miss Joel dearly and are so grateful to have known him. He was a great friend to each of us and could always put a smile on our face. He was a light in our lives! The Burleson family send our condolences, we are so sorry for your loss.-Grace, Blake, Bobby."

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