Maynard Wayne Harrison

Maynard Wayne Harrison

Maynard Wayne Harrison, 70, of Platteville, WI, passed away on November 4, 2014, at his home.

Memorial services will be on Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at First English Lutheran Church, Platteville. Burial will be at a later date. Friends may call Monday, November 10, from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at First English Lutheran Church or from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service on Tuesday.

In lieu of flowers, a Maynard Harrison celebratory fund has been established to benefit tennis and pickle ball programs in the Platteville community. The Melby Funeral Home & Crematory, Platteville, is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at

Maynard, the son of Evert and Helen (Inskeep) Harrison, was born on August 3, 1944, in Evans, Colorado. He grew up in Sunnyside, Washington where he played tennis and basketball and was drum major in the marching band. He attended Yakima Valley Community College and Eastern Washington University where he played collegiate-level tennis. He then enlisted in the United States Army and served from 1967 to 1970 as staff sergeant in the Special Security Guard in Washington D.C. and Heidelberg, Germany.

On June 14, 1970, he married Jane Ann Forsman at Gustavus Adolphus College, Saint Peter, Minnesota. He then went on to graduate with a degree in Business from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota and had a long career in business and logistics, retiring from Lactalis USA in Belmont, Wisconsin. He was a member of First English Lutheran Church and was active in the group Wednesday Morning Men.

Maynard was a strong supporter of tennis programming in Platteville and served on the city Parks and Recreation board. He was a founding member of the Platteville Area Tennis Association, which was responsible for the renovation of the Platteville tennis courts. Sharing his love for tennis with his friends and his children was important to him and he loved watching professional tennis. During the cooler months, Maynard enjoyed playing pickle ball at the local Armory. He also enjoyed watching his children grow up playing soccer, and he enthusiastically watched the World Cup every four years (go Germany!). He appreciated good food, fine automobiles, and correcting grammar and spent time reading, woodworking, watching TED talks, traveling, and visiting new places.

He is survived by his wife, Jane; three children, Derrik (Kari) Harrison of Argyle, WI, Mitchell (Daniela Ochoa Gonzalez) Harrison of Austin, TX, and Christa (Paul) Heupel of San Jose, CA; four grandchildren, Austin, Alexis, Brayden, and Martin; one brother, Bernard (Marilyn) Harrison of Yakima, WA; four in-laws, Ed (Ann) Forsman of Solomons, MD, Mary Hovland of Eveleth, MN, Nan (Bob) Buchanan of Poland, OH, and Margy (Les) Nelson of Libby, MT; fifty-seven nephews and nieces across the United States… and four grandpets Beau, Tiger, Che, and Mykonos. He was preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law, A. Edwin and Dorothy (Slinker) Forsman; and nephew, Greg Harrison.