Harris C. Atson, 89, of Shiprock, passed from this life on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013. He was born March 16, 1924, in Shiprock, to Nocki Yazzie and Ahtcitty-Bitsih. He was born to the Tachii'nii and Naakaii Dine'e.
Harris was married to Nellie Atson for 65 years. He enjoyed farming with his children and watching western movies. He was devoted and continued to serve with his local VFW Post 9517, song and dance and taking his grandchildren to school. He loved his family and he prayed all the time. He was a Godly man. He listened to KNDN with his wife everyday.
Harris was a World War II veteran. he served in the U.S. Army as a corporal. He operated the heavy machine Gunner 605, took part in the liberation of Soli, Philippines on the island of Ryukyus. He received the good conduct medal, bronze arrowhead, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Philippine Liberation Ribbon and Victory medal.
he worked for the B.I.A. until he retired.
Special thanks to all the staff of LifeCare Center of Farmington, Piñon Hills Community Church, FMC providers of NNMC and to Memory Gardens.
Harris was preceded in death by his wife, Nellie T. Atson; son, Larry Atson; daughter, Sharon Atson; his parents; brother, Woody Yazzie; sisters, Bertha Tso and Minnie Harvey; and his grandson, Jeremy Atson.
He is survived by his sons, Floyd Atson (Christine), Clay Atson (Sarah), Al Atson (Cyndi), Gilbert Atson, Wilford Atson (Lorraine) and Robert Atson; daughters, Marilyn Atson, Leigh Johnson (Fergus), Shirley Chester (Bob), Cheryl Tyler (Victor) and Elaine Atson; 25 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 19, at Piñon Hills Community Church, 5101 N. Dustin Ave. in Farmington, with Al Atson as minister.
Burial will follow in Memory Gardens, 6917 E. Main St. in Farmington.
Reception will follow the burial at the church.
Pallbearers are Clay Atson, Gilbert Atson, Wilford Atson, Robert Atson, Ryan Atson and Rhaenon Johnson.
Harris' care is entrusted to Cope Memorial Chapel of Kirtland, 458 Road 6100, 505-598-9636. Those who wish to express their condolences may do so at www.serenityandcompany.com.
Cope Kirtland Chapel
458 County Road 6100 Kirtland, NM 87417
Published in Farmington Daily Times from Dec. 19 to Dec. 31, 2013