Jan. 18, 1947-June 26, 2014
BARTONVILLE - Floyd Dean Harris, 67, of Lakeside, Calif., formerly of Bartonville, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, June 26, 2014, surrounded by his family.
He was born on Jan. 18, 1947, in Peoria, Ill., to parents Floyd and Vera Harris. He graduated from Limestone Community High School, class of 1965, in Bartonville, Ill. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a radar technician from Nov. 10, 1966, to Nov. 9, 1970. He was last stationed at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Ariz. He was married Nov. 1, 1969, in Campo, Calif., to Georgene Okey.
He returned to his childhood home in Bartonville, Ill., with his new wife and first child in 1970, where he worked at International Harvester as an apprentice mechanic. In 1976, he moved with his wife and children to Lake Morena, Calif., where he worked for 27 years, first as a diesel and school bus mechanic and later as the director of transportation for the Mountain Empire Unified School District (MEUSD). While working at the MEUSD, he also worked alongside his wife for more than 15 years as the owner of Oak Shores Malt Shop and Grocery in Lake Morena, Calif. There, they served the local community and fishing enthusiasts with grocery items and fresh food from an old-fashioned 1950s soda fountain for the best cheeseburgers and milk shakes on the mountain. In 1987, Floyd and Georgene sold the Malt Shop and he only had one job at the school district until he retired in 2001. After retirement, he pursued other interests and drove a heavy equipment crane boom truck in Las Vegas and then went back into business with his wife as the owner of the Santa Ysabel Fuel Stop and Grocery and as a substitute bus driver for MEUSD. He finally retired completely in 2012.
He spent many years as a Lake Morena volunteer fireman and Little League coach and on the Oak Shores Water District as a board member.
Floyd enjoyed spending time with his family, boating, water-skiing, building his dream home in the Arizona desert at the Colorado River and traveling. After retirement, he traveled many times to his home at the Colorado River, Lake Havasu, Kansas City, Utah, Louisiana, Texas and dozens of other destinations. One of his favorite trips was to Washington, D.C., and Ground Zero in NYC. He loved water sports, boating, history, astronomy, Lake Powell and all things mechanical and was a great amateur weatherman. He loved his family and friends and always made it a point to visit them as often as possible, no matter where they lived.
Floyd is survived by his wife, Georgene; daughters, Kristi Kor (Gerald) of Many, La., and Tina Harris of Shawnee, Kan.; and son, Gene Harris (Bonnie) of Lakeside, Calif.; and grandchildren, Clayton Heuslein, Hanna Kor, Chloe Harris, Caleb Harris, Dutch Kor and Morgan Heuslein. He has two sisters, Vickie Sue Pipkins (Don) of Bartonville, Ill., and Sharon Diamond (Kenny) of Austin, Texas,; five nieces; five great-nieces; one great-nephew; and numerous cousins.
A private interment service for the family will be at Miramar National Cemetery.
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