George William "Bill" Harris

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ST. MARYS - George William "Bill" Harris, Jr., 85, of 02916 Greenville Road, died at 8:35 p.m. Friday June 21, 2013, at his residence.
He was born Aug. 10, 1927, in Buckland, to George William and Vera (Burden) Harris Sr. On July 28, 1946, in Covington, Ky., he married Kathryn M. "Kate" Harris, who died Nov. 11, 2007.
Survivors include a son Bob (Janey) Harris, of Golden, Colo., a daughter, Gloria Harris, of Menagha, Minn., a son, Greg (Jenny) Harris, of Fraser, Colo., and a daughter, Diana (Larry) Hausfeld, of Coldwater; seven grandchildren, Darron (Karen) Harris, Kristin (Darin) Smith, Richard (Suzanne) Harris, Rochelle (Jon) Gould, Stacy (Nick) Armstrong, Heath (Trisha) Hobler and Jessica (Dwayne) Rich; six great-grandchildren, Zoe Harris, Tracey Rich, Liam Rich, Hannah Gould, Braelyn Hobler and Jolee Hobler; a sister, Lois Schwieterman, of Buckland; a daughter-in-law, Terri Harris, of Longmont, Colo.; and a special friend, Judy Harp, of Sidney.
He was preceded in death by his parents, G.W. and Vera Harris; his wife, "Kate" Harris; a son, Ken Harris; a sister, Glendora Fryer; and a brother-in-law, Lloyd Schwieterman.
He was a graduate of Buckland High School.
Bill was a successful entrepreneur. His working career began under the guidance of his father at their shop in Buckland. He then was employed at Baker Auto in St. Marys. After working many years at St. Marys Trucking Co., he became owner in 1973. Following several skiing trips, he purchased an Ace Hardware store in Fraser, Colo. At the time of his death, he remained as CEO of Harris Consulting.
When not busy working, he felt most comfortable when helping others. His favorite pastimes included traveling, playing free-cell solitaire on his computer, and being involved in the lives of his grandchildren.
Rites are scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday June 26, 2013, at Miller Funeral Home, 1605 Celina Road (Ohio 703 West Chapel) in St. Marys, with Pastor Keith Stuck, officiating. Burial will follow at Buckland Cemetery in Buckland.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home on High Street.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Grand Lake Hospice.
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Published in Sidney Daily News on June 23, 2013