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Monday, June 24th, 2013
George William "Bill" Harris, Jr., 85, of St. Marys, died at 8:35 p.m. June 21, 2013, at his residence.
He was born Aug. 10, 1927, in Buckland, to George William and Vera Burden Harris Sr.
On July 28, 1946, he married Kathryn M. "Kate" Harris, who died Nov. 11, 2007.
Survivors include a son, Bob (Janey) Harris of Golden, Colo.; a daughter, Gloria Harris of Menagha, Minn.; a son, Greg (Jenny) Harris of Fraser, Colo.; a daughter, Diana (Larry) Hausfeld of Coldwater; seven grandchildren, Darron (Karen) Harris, Kristin (Darin) Smith, Richard (Suzanne) Harris, Rochelle (Jon) Gould, Stacy (Nick) Armstrong, Heath (Trisha) Hobler and Jessica (Dwayne) Rich; six great-grandchildren, Zoe Harris, Tracey Rich, Liam Rich, Hannah Gould, Braelyn Hobler and Jolee Hobler; a sister, Lois Schwieterman of Buckland; a daughter-in-law, Terri Harris of Longmont, Colo.; and a special friend, Judy Harp of Sidney.
He was preceded in death by a son, Ken Harris; a sister, Glendora Fryer; and a brother-in-law, Lloyd Schwieterman.
He was a graduate of Buckland High School.
He was a successful entrepreneur. His working career began under the guidance of his father at their shop in Buckland. He then was employed at Baker Auto in St. Marys. After working many years at St. Marys Trucking Co., he became owner in 1973. Following several skiing trips, he purchased an Ace Hardware store in Fraser, Colo. At the time of his death, he remained as CEO of Harris Consulting.
When not busy working, he felt most comfortable when helping others. His favorite pastimes included traveling, playing free-cell solitaire on his computer and being involved in the lives of his grandchildren.
Services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys, the Rev. Keith Stuck officiating. Burial will follow at Buckland Cemetery, Buckland.
Calling is 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home on High Street.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Grand Lake Hospice.
Condolences may be expressed at www.millerfuneralhomes.net.
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