George William “Bill” Harris Jr., 85, 02916 Greenville Road, St. Marys, died at 8:35 p.m. Friday, June 21, 2013, at his residence.
He was born Aug. 10, 1927, in Buckland, to Vera (Burden) and George William Harris Sr., who preceded her in death. On July 28, 1946, in Covington, Ky., he married Kathryn M. “Kate” Harris, who died Nov. 11, 2007.
Survivors are two sons Bob (Janey) Harris, of Golden, Colo., and son 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, 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 a son Ken Harris; a sister, Glendora Fryer, and a 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 at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Miller Funeral Home 1605 Celina Road (Ohio 703 West Chapel) in St. Marys, with the Rev.Keith Stuck officiating. Burial will follow at Buckland Cemetery in Buckland.
Friends may call from 5 to 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 at millerfuneralhomes.net.