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William Harris

1968 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
William Harris Obituary
William Joseph Harris (Joe), 45, passed away on Sunday November 17, 2013 at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He was born April 3, 1968 in Logan, Utah to Bill and Arla Harris. He was married to Lisa Anne Mikkelson on October 28, 2000. His family lived in the Dallas, Texas area until he was 13, then he grew up in Berthoud, Colorado. He graduated from Berthoud High School in 1986 where he played trumpet in jazz band and concert band and was on the soccer team. He became an Eagle Scout during his high school years. His project was to build one of the wooden signs to welcome all to Berthoud. It still stands at the entrance to town. Joe served in the United States Army from spring 1990 to 1994. He was based in El Paso, Texas and worked in the Patriot Missile program. After locating to the Kansas City area, he became a firefighter with North Kansas City Fire Department on March 15, 1995, a career he loved until his death. Joe enjoyed the outdoors with a favorite activity being fishing for crappie in Missouri and trout in Wyoming and Colorado, especially with his wife and/or dad. He and his wife enjoyed studying the Bible together and he was strong in his Christian faith. He also loved his dirt bike, r/c cars, crossword puzzles and word games (he was an avid Wheel of Fortune fan). Joe is survived by his wife, parents, and siblings Arna, Mark (Laurel), Justin, Randall (Marianne), Brent (Jen), Barb (Andy), and Megan (Mark). His children are Brent Harris and Kelsey Harris, stepchildren are April (Eddie) Ferreira, Dan (Rosangela) Pennycuff, and Amy (Adam) Gerdes. He is also survived by stepchildren Mitch Jennings and Scott Harris from a previous marriage to Kathryn Jennings. He has four step grandchildren, Izabella, Izaia, Otavio, and Nathan as well as numerous nieces and nephews. His father-in-law is Chuck Mikkelson, sister-in-law is Carrie Mikkelson, and brother-in-law is Brian Mikkelson. Cremation has been conducted. A memorial service will be held on Saturday December 7, 2013 at White Chapel Funeral Home at 6600 North Antioch Road in Gladstone MO 64119. Visitation will be 11-1 with the service at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations to Project SAFE (for families of fallen firefighters), William Joseph Harris Memorial, 3100 Broadway Suite 226, Kansas City Mo 64111 would be appreciated. A memorial will be held in Colorado in the spring on a date to be determined later.

Published in Loveland Reporter-Herald on Dec. 1, 2013
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