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Olin F. Harris

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Olin F. Harris, 90
Olin F. Harris, born Jan. 29, 1920, passed away Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010, at his home surrounded by his loving family.
Olin was born in Ozark, Ark., to Essie Mae Richardson and Athel Lafayette Harris. At the age of 13 he came to New Mexico to live with his aunt and uncle William and Mildred Hawkins on their family farm south of Las Cruces. He traveled by freight train and hitching rides to get to New Mexico, arriving with 10 cents in his pocket. Mildred and William gave him a home and taught him to farm. A veteran of World War II, he was awarded the Purple Heart for his service in the U.S. Army Air Corps. After a long and arduous recovery from wounds suffered in a Japanese attack on his aircraft, he returned to the Mesilla Valley to make his home with his wife, Virginia Reeves Harris, whom he married Nov. 25, 1941.
Olin had a long and productive career in many aspects of construction, including ownership of a roofing business, Alamo Sheet Metal and Roofing, in Alamogordo, where he and his family lived for several years. In 1970 they returned to the Mesilla Valley, living many years in Brazito. Recently he and Virginia relocated to Alamogordo to be near their daughters.
Olin was preceded in death by his parents; infant son Robert Lee Harris; daughter Sandra Lea Henley; brothers Paul Harris and Ben Harris; and a sister, Mary Alice Duncan. Left to mourn his passing are his adoring wife, Virginia, of the family home; children Olin Wayne Harris and wife, Virginia, Phyllis McCracken and husband, Richard (Tim), Lloyd Harris and wife, Rebecca, and Patsy Barger and her husband, Rich; and a sister, Eloise Smith. He and Virginia are the grandparents of 13, great-grandparents of 31 and great-great-grandparents of two. His family was his greatest pride and pleasure. Olin will be fondly remembered by many, including extended family and friends. An avid hunter and fisherman, he traveled widely and formed many lasting friendships that live on in hearts and fond memories.
A grandchild's quote sums it up well: "In loving memory of my dear grandpa, Olin F. Harris, who fought his battle with cancer just as he fought in World War II, bravely and nobly. God be with you 'til we meet again, Pop." He will be sorely missed.
Funeral Services will be 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 27, 2010, in the Alamogordo Funeral Home chapel with Chuck Moon officiating.
The Harris family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the arrangements. Cremation will take place locally at PCS.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Aug. 24 to Sept. 24, 2010
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