Robert L Harris, 86, was born on February 3, 1933, in the home near Burden, to parents Lee and Alice Harris. He graduated from Winfield High School in 1952. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served from 1952-1957 on the heavy carrier ship, the U.S.S. Los Angeles, where he spent a portion of that time off the coast of Korea. After an honorable discharge, he returned to Winfield. He met his soon-to-be wife Arlene and they wed on September 20, 1957. They started a family and soon moved to Washington while working for the Boeing Company, whom he spent most of his working career employed as a machinist. In the early 1960’s, he attended tech school and received his A&P certification. The growing family moved back to Kansas in the mid 1960’s and bought a farm west of Douglass and this is where the family currently resides. He raised cattle and crops while working. Robert was in the family home when he passed away surrounded by family and his wife of 62 years.
Robert was very dedicated to his faith and attended the First Baptist Church of Douglass when they moved back to Kansas. He served as a deacon of the church and was also active with the South Central Baptist Association in Winfield. When he retired from Boeing, he became a member of the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief feeding crew. He had the opportunity to share his faith with those that were affected by hurricanes in Florida and Mississippi, as well as numerous tornado events, including the Greensburg tornado.
Robert is proceeded in death by his parents Lee Harris and Alice (Plummer Harris) Miller, and sisters Mary Hanna and Martha Good. He is survived by his wife Arlene Harris, brothers Harvey (Arnette) Harris, Kiowa, Irvin (Rosemary) Harris, Green Valley, Arizona, Donnie (Delores) Harris, Wellington, Charles Harris, Douglass, Daughters Becky (Richard) Dickman, Colby, Maria (Kevin) Foerschler, Junction City, Janice (Jerry) Spencer, Douglass, Kendra Hill, Douglass, Carol (Dwight) Bergley, Douglass, and was a proud Papa to 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at the First Baptist Church, 107 S Maple, Douglass, KS, on at 10 a.m. Friday (Dec. 27, 2019) and interment will follow at 2 p.m at the Kansas Veterans Cemetery, 1208 N College, Winfield, KS. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the following memorials in Robert’s name: First Baptist Church c/o Robert Harris Memorial P.O. Box 647 Douglass KS 67039, Or Kansas Veterans Cemetery of Winfield c/o Robert Harris Memorial P.O. Box 626 Winfield KS 67156