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Dennis Gene Harris

Inola, OK - Dennis Gene Harris passed away on June 20, 2020 in Inola, OK, surrounded by his family.

Dennis was born August 9, 1954, in Quincy, Illinois. Dennis grew up in a noisy household with two brothers (one older and one younger) and a twin sister. Dennis attended LaPorte schools and graduated from Poudre High School in 1973 where he was active in 4-H, FFA and High School Rodeo.

Dennis's childhood days were spent riding horses and fishing, two activities he enjoyed throughout his life. Dennis began steer riding during his middle school years, culminating in a bull riding career at the professional level. He was proud to achieve his goal of competing at the "Daddy of 'em All" Frontier Days Rodeo in Cheyenne. Always modest and unassuming were Dennis's most endearing attributes. In the rodeo arena, he was no different. He was humble when he won and gracious when he didn't.

Dennis married Jeannie Sexton is 1979. Although, they later divorced and their lives took different paths, they shared a true and rare affection for one another until his death.

Those who welcomed Dennis to his eternal home included his father, Gene Harris, and his brothers, Gerald (Jerry) and Kurt (K.C.) Harris.

Dennis leaves behind his mother, Wanda, twin sister, Diana Hollaway, and nieces, nephews Jered Hollaway, Lindsey (Troy) Yoder, Keaton (Liza) Harris, KayLeigh Harris, Kathryn Harris, as well as great-nieces and nephews.

Dennis is remembered as a loving son, devoted brother, a fun and humorous uncle, and a loyal friend.

Many thanks to special friends John and Jo Carnazzo for the generous hospitality they always showed Dennis.

Immense gratitude is extended to Jane Luettgen who demonstrated unlimited kindness and compassion to Dennis during his illness.

Arrangements are pending for later this summer.

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Published in Coloradoan from Jun. 26 to Jun. 28, 2020.
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June 30, 2020
Dennis was very sweet and extraordinarily easy going. He never complained. His brother K.C. told him he was one of the most gifted natural athletes he's ever seen. Dennis was generous and loved to have fun. I will think about him often.
Janice Yoxtheimer
June 28, 2020
I remember when Den, KC, Mike and a bunch of other guys got a softball team together-Harris Horseshoers (I think). What a fun summer that was, watching all the "guys" play ball! Den always acted like he was thrilled to see us, and interested in what was happening in our lives. He had such a kind heart and unassuming way about him. I'm so sad for all of his family and friends, I'm sure there is a hole in all of your hearts. Love to you, Wanda-I am so so sorry for your loss.
June 26, 2020
I worked with Dennis at the sale barn in Fort Collins back in the early 70s. He was a very cheerful and good-natured coworker. I remember one icy winter morning when we were feeding cattle in the dark and Dennis spontaneously decided to jump on the back of one of the steers. He rode the steer with no hands no rope or anything else for about four jumps before it bucked him off into the mud. He picked himself up grinning, jumped back onto the bunk and continued work barely missing a beat in our routine. He was a very spontaneous young man.

A few years later he had won a round in the bull riding at Cheyenne Frontier Days. For him to do that he had to beat current world champions and many National Finals Rodeo contenders. I congratulated him on his win, Dennis just grinned and shyly muttered thanks. He was more interested in asking me what I was up those days. Dennis was, as this obituary states, a very humble individual.

I'm honored to have known Dennis, and regret that I didn't know him longer, or see him around town more often. But I'll never forget him.
Liam Rooney
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