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IN: Services set for KOA owner’s son

(Dec. 13, 2016) -- Brian Lee Harrison, son to Hope Perkins, the owner of the Middlebury KOA, died unexpectedly at the age of 32 after suffering a massive asthma attack that led to cardiac arrest.

MIDDLEBURY, Ind. — Brian Lee Harrison, 32, of Middlebury, died at 9:20 p.m. central time Dec. 8 at West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital, Sulphur, La., after suffering a massive asthma attack that led to a cardiac arrest.

He was born on October 6, 1984 in Libby, Mont.

Surviving is his mother, Hope Perkins of Middlebury; fiancée, Olivia Donaldson of Sulphur, LA; three brothers, Nick Harrison and Robert Harrison both of Middlebury, Matthew (Su) Harrison of Elkhart; grandparents, Peter and Lotte Hersey of Middlebury.

Hope Perkins is a KOA franchisee and owner of the Middlebury KOA. She is also former chairwoman of the board of KOA Care Camps.

Harrison was preceded in death by his father, Peter M. Perkins.

Brian was a talented professional culinary chef, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in 2007 from the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, N.Y.

He was so talented as a chef that he was asked to cook for several different high-end restaurants in New York, Los Angles, Atlanta and most recently for Salish Lodge in Redmond, Wash. He has cooked for several amateur boxers, famous actors, worked on the food set for Disney Studios and was interviewed for the TV show Hell’s Kitchen.

Visitation will be from 2- 6 p.m. on Dec. 17, at River Of Life Fellowship Church, funeral services will follow at 6 p.m. also at the church. Services will be conducted by Pastor Rick Lambright.

Memorials may be given to the Brian HarrisonMemorial Fund to assist the family with funeral expenses. Gifts may be given at either the visitation or at any First State Bank.

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About Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith is a Wisconsin native currently living in Illinois with her husband, Eric, and two dogs, Maggie and Grace. She enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking and, of course, camping in cabins and park models.

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