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Wendell Buford Harris


10/11/1931 - 01/13/2015 Obituary
Wendell Buford Harris Obituary
Wendell B. Harris, age 83, of Bakersfield, California, passed away Tuesday, January 13, 2015. Wendell was born October 11, 1931, to Frank and Esther (Williams) Harris in Byars, Oklahoma, the older of two children.
Wendell graduated from Oklahoma University in 1957 with a BS in Chemical Engineering and also served in the United States Air Force between 1951-1953. After graduating, he worked for Cities Service Oil Co. in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, where he met his wife of 51 years, Shirley Ann (Young) Harris.
Wendell, Shirley and their three children moved to Bakersfield in 1977. He was employed by Williams Brothers Engineering and then Bechtel Corp. He retired from Bechtel in 1995 after 38 years in the oil industry.
Wendell loved to spend time with family and friends and traveling with Shirley. He was actively involved in golf, reading, woodworking and volunteered his time at Westside Church of Christ where he was a member. Sooner football was always a passion!
Wendell is survived by his children, daughter Deidre and Kyle Berry of Florence, AL; son Kyle and Angelia Harris of Bakersfield, CA; and son Bryan and Jenny Harris of Bakersfield, CA; eight grandchildren who know him as "Poppy", grandsons, Justin, Dylan and Cory Harris; granddaughters, Alex and Andi Berry; and grandsons, Kell, Shay and Jace Harris; and his sister Margaret Wines of Oklahoma City, OK.
While his passing brings him to the fulfillment of his Christian hope, it also brings a sense of loss to all who know and loved him.
A memorial graveside service to celebrate Wendell's life will be held at Greenlawn Southwest today, Saturday, January 17, 2015, at 1:00 pm with Mr. Garth Black officiating.
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Jan. 17, 2015
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