MSG/Ret. Cleo Louie Harris was born October 12, 1915, and grew up on his grandparents' farm in Elizabeth, Ark-ansas. He passed away on June 1, 2010 in Midwest City, Oklahoma. He enlisted in the Army in 1932. As a part of the 344th Field Artillery Battalion, he stormed Omaha Beach during the Normandy invasion. After 28 years of service he retired, and he and his beloved son, Chuck, worked at several service stations he owned in Del City. Cleo was known for his infectious laughter, his yodeling, and his amusing stories. He was an avid poker player and outdoorsman. His finest quality was his ability to make everyone feel special and loved. He deeply loved his Lord and enjoyed reading his Bible in quiet solitude. He was preceded in death by his sister Margaret and his brother Bradley. He is survived by his precious wife of 58 years, Ilse; four children, Carolyn Carpenter and husband Dave, Chuck Harris and wife Sherri, Sherry Seaberg and husband Norm, and Jeanette Harris. Cleo's surviving siblings are his beloved brothers, Elmo, Paul, Jarrell, Woodrow, James, Buel, and Cranford Hodges; and his sweet sisters, Virginia Ashley and Kathryn Burns. He will be lovingly remembered by his ten grandchildren, Aubree Marks, Amber Campo, April Linenger, Lindsey Velazquez, Cole Harris, Callie Harris, Brett Seaberg, Preston Seaberg, Rachel Stewart, and John Roby; as well as 7 great-grandchildren. He taught us how to live, but not how to live without him. Services will be held 2:00 P.M. Saturday in the Candlewood Chapel at Ford Funeral Service.
Published in Oklahoman on Jun. 4, 2010.