ST. MARYS â?? George William â??Billâ?ť Harris Jr., 85, died at 8:35 p.m. Friday, June 21, 2013, at his residence.
He was born August 10, 1927 in Buckland, OH to George William and Vera (Burden) Harris Sr. On July 28, 1946 in Covington, KY, he married Kathryn M. â??Kateâ?ť Harris, who died November 11, 2007.
Survivors include: son Bob (Janey) Harris of Golden, CO; daughter Gloria Harris of Menagha, MN; son Greg (Jenny) Harris of Fraser, CO; daughter Diana (Larry) Hausfeld of Coldwater, OH; 7 grandchildren: Darron (Karen) Harris, Kristin (Darin) Smith, Richard (Suzanne) Harris, Rochelle (Jon) Gould, Stacy (Nick) Armstrong, Heath (Trisha) Hobler, Jessica (Dwayne) Rich; 6 great-grandchildren: Zoe Harris, Tracey Rich, Liam Rich, Hannah Gould, Braelyn Hobler, Jolee Hobler; sister Lois Schwieterman of Buckland, OH; daughter-in-law Terri Harris of Longmont, CO; special friend Judy Harp of Sidney, OH.
Preceded in death by: parents G.W. and Vera Harris, wife â??Kateâ?ť 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, CO. At the time of his death, he remained as CEO of Harris Consulting. When not busy working, he felt most comfortable when 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 11:00 a.m. Wednesday June 26, 2013 at Miller Funeral Home 1605 Celina Road (Ohio 703 West Chapel) in St. Marys, with Pastor Keith Stuck, officiating. Burial will follow at Buckland Cemetery in Buckland, OH.
Visitation 5 - 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home on High Street.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Grand Lake Hospice.
Online condolences may be expressed via: www.millerfuneralhomes.net.