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HARRIS, Stephen "Steve" Died November 17, 2016 at the age of 65. Steve is the owner and president of Rixan Associates Inc - an industrial robotics company that's been operating in the Dayton area since 1959. The son of Aaron "Rick" and Beatrice Harris, Steve was born in Brooklyn, New York July 22, 1951. The Harris family moved to Dayton when Steve was a young child and he attended Shiloh Elementary School and graduated from Meadowdale High School in 1969. He then moved on to attend Bowling Green State University where he received his bachelor's degree in Chemistry. This is where Steve met the love of his life, Deborah "Deb" Wycoff and they married in June 1974. Working for Nalco Chemical Company for 10 years, Steve & Deb lived in Schereville, IN, Fort Wayne, IN, and St. Louis, MO. The move to Dayton was made in winter 1983, when he joined his father as a partner in Rixan. Steve, a natural entrepreneur, transformed the business from government suppliers to a robotics and turn-key automation systems company. Steve & Deb's first child Amanda "Mandy" was born in January 1986 followed by son Alexander "Al" in February 1990. Steve's biggest passion outside of work was Sports Car Club of America (SCCA). Starting as a race car driver, Steve ascended through the ranks to become a member of SCCA's executive board. Steve's love of all things automobile, resulted in his co-founding of the Dayton Concours d'Elegance, which he chaired for 10 years. Another interest was football, where, besides agonizing over the Bengals, he coached his son Al in Centerville's Wee Elks program for 6 years. Steve & Deb counted traveling, hiking, and wine among their many interests together. A loving husband, incredibly devoted father, and great friend to many. Steve will be sorely missed by his family and all who knew him. Steve is also survived by his mother Bea Harris (Dayton, OH) and his sister Joan Steinberg (Augusta, GA). Funeral service will be held Monday 1:00 PM at Temple Israel 130 Riverside Drive. Rabbi Tina Sobo officiating. Interment to follow at Riverview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to . GLICKLER FUNERAL HOME is handling arrangements.
Published in Dayton Daily News on Nov. 20, 2016
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