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George William “Bill” Harris Jr., 85

June 24, 2013

George William “Bill” Harris Jr., 85, of 02916 Greenville Road In St. Marys, died at 8:35 p.m. Friday, June 21, 2013, at his residence.

He was born on Aug. 10, 1927, in Buckland, to George William and Vera (Burden) Harris Sr.

On July 28, 1946, in Covington, Ky., he married Kathryn M. “Kate” Harris, who died on Nov. 11, 2007.

Survivors include two sons, Bob (Janey) Harris  of Golden, Colo. and Greg (Jenny) Harris of Fraser, Colo.; two daughters, Gloria Harris  of Menagha, Minn. and Diana (Larry) Hausfeld  of Coldwater; seven grandchildren, Darron (Karen) Harris, Kristin (Darin) Smith, Richard (Suzanne) Harris, Rochelle (Jon) Gould, Stacy (Nick) Armstrong, Heath (Trisha) Hobler and Jessica (Dwayne) Rich; six great-grandchildren, Zoe Harris, Tracey Rich, Liam Rich, Hannah Gould, Braelyn Hobler and Jolee Hobler; a sister, Lois Schwieterman  of Buckland; a daughter-in-law, Terri Harris  of Longmont, Colo; and a special friend, Judy Harp  of Sidney.

He was preceded in death by his parents, G.W. and Vera Harris; son Ken Harris; sister Glendora Fryer; brother-in-law Lloyd Schwieterman.

He was a graduate of Buckland High School.

Bill was a successful entrepreneur. His working career began under the guidance of his father at their shop in Buckland. He then was employed at Baker Auto in St. Marys. After working many years at St. Marys Trucking Co., he became owner in 1973.

Following several skiing trips, he purchased an Ace Hardware store in Fraser, Colo. At the time of his death, he remained as CEO of Harris Consulting.

When not busy working, he felt most comfortable helping others. His favorite pastimes included traveling, playing free-cell solitaire on his computer and being involved in the lives of his grandchildren.

Rites are scheduled to begin 11 a.m. Wednesday at Miller Funeral Home, 1605 Celina Road, Ohio 703 West Chapel, in St. Marys, the Rev. Keith Stuck, officiating. Burial will follow at Buckland Cemetery in Buckland.

Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home on High Street.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Grand Lake Hospice.

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