Charles R. Harris
Charles R. Harris, 77, of 353 Bridge St., Lehighton, passed into eternal life on Sunday, Jan. 19, in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. He was the husband of Judy D. (Kistler) Harris. They were married for 55 years last March 17.
He was employed for 50 years by the Bethlehem Steel Corporation at Sparrows Point, Md., and later in Bethlehem, where he worked in the security department and also as a site supervisor. He was also employed by the Lehighton Area School District.
Born in Baltimore, Md., he was a son of the late George and Dorothy (Hartzell) Harris.
He was a Navy veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars, having attained the rank of DC-2 on board the USS Iowa and the USS Galveston. He also served in the Marine Reserves.
Harris was a member of Zion UCC, Lehighton, where he served as an elder.
He was a life member of Lehigh Fire Co. No. 1, Lehighton, where he volunteered on the diving team. He also held memberships in V.W.F. Post 256, the Am VETS Post and the F. and A.M. Lodge No. 621, all of Lehighton.
The deceased was a 44-year charter member and organizer of the Lehighton Area Halloween Parade, where he served as a committeeman. He was a former president and a charter member of the Lehighton Area Jaycees and was a former Webelos leader in Cub Pack 82, Lehighton.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a son George, and his wife, Patricia, of Lehighton; two daughters, Tracy, wife of Robert Strohl III of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and Julie, wife of William McGinley of Lehighton; a sister Janice, wife of Wes Penza in Florida; six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
He was also predeceased by two brothers, George and Robert.
Service: Celebration of Life service 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, Zion UCC, Lehighton, with the Rev. Allen L. Heckman officiating. Call 9:30-10:45 a.m. Thursday in the church. Masonic service at 10:45 a.m. Thursday. Full military honors following the service, under direction of the Lehighton Area UVO. Private interment at convenience of family. Contributions in his name may be made to Zion Opera Workshop or Zion UCC General Fund, 225 Iron St., Lehighton, Pa. 18235; or to The Lehighton Area Halloween Parade Committee Fund, 353 Bridge St., Lehighton, Pa. 18235. Online condolences can be offered at www.ovsakfh.com.
Published in Times News on Jan. 21, 2014