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Donald Harris


1930 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
Harris, Donald R.

Donald R. Harris, age 83, of rural Omro, (Eureka), died peacefully with family by his side on Sunday, May 5th, 2013, at Juliette Manor in Berlin following a brief illness.

Don was born April 8th, 1930, in Aurora, the son of Sydney and Bessie (Angle) Harris. On February 6, 1956, he was united in marriage to Ruth Crego. Don was a farmer and a milk hauler. He also worked at the Old Crow and Berlin Rendering plants. For a period of time, Don operated the Starlite Bar in Eureka, during which time he met and become friends with many people. He was a member of the Eureka United Methodist Church. Don also proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Don enjoyed fishing, yard work, gardening, canning their tomatoes and pickels with Ruth, but mostly spending time with family, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Don is survived by his wife of 56 years, Ruth; three sons, Jeff (Vicky), Mark and Jason (Kim); daughters, Linda (Don) Vander Zanden, Lori (Joe Bartelt), Elaine (Howard Smith); sister-in-law, Betty; sister-in-law and brother-in-laws, Dorothy (Leroy) Jantnar, Liz Crego and John Graf. Don has 9 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Peggy; sister and brother-in-law, Ruth (Euclid) Tritt; brother, Ivan; daughter-in-law, Karen Harris; sister-in-law and brother-in-laws, Rex (Dorothy) LaBreach, Issabile (Willie) Zienart, Mae (Frank) Jorgensen, Jay Crego, Jr., Raymond Crego, Sr., Barbara Graf, Irene (Crego) Richardson; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Jay Sr. (Myrtle) Crego.

Friends and relatives may call on Friday, May 10, 2013, at the Eureka United Methodist Church, from 4:00 p.m. until the time of the Memorial Service at 6:00 p.m. with Rev. Anita Genrich officiating. A luncheon will follow the service. Inurnment with Military Honors will be in the Rushford Cemetery at a later date.

Don's family would like to extend their deepest thanks to all the staff at Theda Clark ICU, Juliette Manor 2nd floor nurses, Agnesian Hospice, and the volunteers of the eleventh hour.

Don was loved and will be missed by all that knew him.

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Published in Oshkosh Northwestern from May 7 to May 8, 2013
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