Eugene (Gene) Irvin Harris, 79, of Wilkes-Barre passed away peacefully Saturday, March 1, 2014, at Little Flower Manor, Wilkes-Barre.
Born in Wilkes-Barre on Feb. 18, 1935, he was the son of the late David and Edna Harris.
He attended GAR High School, after which he enlisted in the U.S. Navy
. He was stationed in Lakehurst, N.J., Norfolk, Va., Philadelphia and Charleston, S.C. He served from 1955 until his retirement in 1976. He was aboard the USS San Pablo, USS Randolph and USS Claude V. Ricketts DDG-5. He retired as a personnelman first class, U.S. Navy.
Gene enjoyed watching the Pittsburgh Steelers and Notre Dame football. He also loved traveling "downtown" to Boscov's Department Store, where he would frequent his time with the "ladies." He would also like to break up his time with his "buddies" playing cards. He cherished the quality time he would get to spend with his friends at Boscov's and our family would like to thank all of those special people for taking such great care of him.
Gene married his childhood sweetheart, Elsie Mae Seeley, in April 1953. He is survived by his wife, Elsie; his children, Sharon and husband, Ray Toney, Kingston; Terry Height and companion, Lefty, Pompano Beach, Fla.; Donna Leoszewski and husband, Peter, Luzerne; and Walter Allan Harris, at home; 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; brother, Harold Harris, and sister, Margaret Bullock, both of Wilkes-Barre.
He was preceded in death, in addition to his parents, brothers and sisters, by his son, Donald (Butchie) Eugene Harris, in 2012.
The family would like to extend their gratitude to the nurses and staff employed by Little Flower Manor Nursing Home for taking wonderful care of Gene.
Funeral services will held at 10 a.m. Friday from Mamary-Durkin Funeral Service, 59 Parrish St., Wilkes-Barre.
Interment will be held in Memorial Shrine Cemetery, Carverton.
Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday.
The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to Little Flower Manor Hospice Care, 200 S. Meade St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702, or to a foundation of your choice.