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Robert E Harris

March 10, 1925 ~ January 5, 2021 (age 95)

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Robert E. Harris, “Bob,” cherished husband, father, grandfather, & great grandfather, passed away in his home on January 5, 2021, at the age of 95, while in the company of beloved family.  Born March 10, 1925, he was the son of the late Clifford and Jewell Harris.  He proudly served his country in WW II, a decorated Army veteran, with 4 bronze stars, and 3 medals. After discharge, Bob attended Coyne Electrical School in Chicago, IL. He married Uveda Stratton, with whom he had 3 children, Susan Kay, David Lee, and Carol Evelyn.

Bob invested his life in uncompromising service of faith and family. He was an active Boy Scout Leader, and spent his adult life teaching Sunday School, serving as an itinerant pastor, worship leader, and 23 years as a member of his church board of trustees.  He treasured the opportunity to contribute his professional expertise by leading building programs and donating countless hours to the church, as well as participating in mission trips; his favorites being Italy and Alaska.  He enjoyed his service as President of the Full Gospel Business Men’s Association, Muncie Chapter.  A believer in private Christian education, Bob served on the originating board of Heritage Hall Christian School, Muncie, IN.   Most did not know he was a licensed minister, and spent many years with his second wife, Thressa, counseling those who were hurting.  His wisdom was extraordinary, and his life showcased joy in the midst of sorrow.  Honesty, humility, and gratitude are hallmarks of his life.  A man of integrity and character, he cultivated work ethic in the lives of his children and demonstrated the power of a positive attitude, regardless of circumstances.  Humor and contentment were abiding virtues in his life.

Until retirement, he lived in Indiana, a self-employed electrical contractor for most of his life; working the last 9 years of employment with Speedway Petroleum, supervising the electrical & security departments. He also taught electrical engineering at Ivy Tech.  He then spent 21 years in Florida, where he continued to be actively involved serving in his church, volunteering at the polls, and making memories with his son, David, eldest daughter, Susan, and her family.  In 2016, when his health began to decline, he returned to Indiana to live with his youngest daughter Carol, and son-in-law, Brad Haney.  Bob is preceded in death by his first wife, Uveda (Stratton) Harris, and his second wife, Thressa (Redmon) Harris; both of whom, he lovingly cared for during their respective illnesses.

He is survived by his children, Susan K. Harris of FL, David L. Harris of FL, and Carol E. (Bradley) Haney of Indiana.  He leaves a legacy of 7 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild.  These include Kyle Earl (April), Camille Earl (deceased), Shannon Charles (Jamie), Britney Lentz (Daniel), Nathaniel Haney (Rachel), Whitney Simpson, B. Nikolaus Haney; great grandchildren:  Alexander Charles (Caitlyn), Olivia Charles, Hunter Simpson, Karianne Simpson, Raelynn Haney, Liam Haney, Graceyn Haney, Lyla Haney; great-great granddaughter Willow Charles.   Bob’s brother Philip and wife, Maxine Harris, survive him, living in Warsaw, IN.  Their children, Diane (Tom) Kail of Noblesville, IN, and Steve (Karla) Harris of Warsaw, IN and their respective families, comprise his extended family.  There will be a celebration of life at the home of Bradley and Carol Haney; date & time yet to be announced due to current COVID restrictions.  A committal service with military honors will be held later at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida prior to interment. 

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