RAY HARRIS

r-harris-web.jpgRay Harris, of Mora, died at home on Monday, May 11, 2009. He was 87 years old.

FUNERAL SERVICES will be at 1:00 P.M. on Friday, May 15th at Akkerman-Ingebrand Chapel in Mora. VISITATION will be from 6:00-8:00 P.M. on Thursday, May 14th at the funeral home, plus 1 hour prior to the service on Friday. INTERMENT will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Mora.

Ray Harris celebrated his life and was born August 23, 1921 in Enola, Arkansas. He died on May 11, 2009 in Mora, Minnesota at home. He was 87 years young before joining friends and family beyond this journey. Of those were his parents John and Sarah (Bates) Harris; brothers Cecil, Arnold, Erbie, and a baby brother; sisters Elma, Wilma, Doice and Jewel; daughter Evelyn Wegner; granddaughter Laura Lea Michalik; and mother of his children Geneva Bernice Langford Harris.

He is survived by his sisters Maye (Bob) Barker and Tudie Staggs all of Texas; daughters Sandra (Elmer) Mahan of Texas, Helen (Jim) St. Clair of Coon Rapids, MN, Latana (Allen) Harris Amsden of Mora, Darlene (Mike) Munter of New Jersey, and Geraldine (Rick) Jones of Indiana; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and long time loving companion Dolores Davis of Pine City; plus several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Ray enjoyed dancing, hunting, fishing, gardening, cutting wood; a friend of all nature and wildlife. He enjoyed cooking, feeding the birds and animals.

During the years of the Great Depression he worked at CC camps. He came to Minnesota settling in Columbia Heights and raising his family and working until retirement. He worked and took great pride in being a Teamster 544 for 35 years.

He moved to Mora 17 years ago where he met many friends for years to come. He became a constant friend to Senior Dining Center in Mora, where he volunteered for a time sharing many jokes and stories. As a young man he picked tobacco and cotton in the southern United States, which led to his skill of picking strawberries in Mora.

He was spiritual and heartfelt with family, throughout generations. He will be always in our hearts.

Funeral services were held on Friday, May 15th at Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora. Rev. Harry Nelson officiated. Pianist was Deb Menze. Pallbearers were Rick Jones, Latana Wegner, David Michalik, Patrick Michalik, Carey Muscha and Craig Davis. Honorary pallbearers were Jim St. Clair, Travis Johnson, Allen Amsden, Rich Johnson and Harris Jones. Interment was at Oakwood Cemetery in Mora.

8 guestbook entries for RAY HARRIS

  1. Shirley & Bob Miller May 14, 2009 at 2:02 pm #

    To All of the Harris family,
    Uncle Ray was a special uncle to me. I have many fond memories of the stories he told me, of his ready laugh, the jokes we shared, & his always keeping in touch with me & my deceased sister, Estelle Whitehead. He never seemed to tire of talking. I will miss him, as you all will, & I am grateful for all the memories I have of him.
    Shirley(Tucker) & Bob Miller, Arlington,
    Tx.

  2. Lynda (Davis) Whitehead May 15, 2009 at 12:18 am #

    We send our prayers to all the family during this time. I’m the oldest daughter of Estelle (Tucker) Davis Whitehead.

  3. Ethel Tucker (A.J.) Mills Family May 15, 2009 at 7:31 am #

    I remember Mom talking about her Uncle Ray back in the day. Our condolences to the family. He has gone on to be with the ones that has passed before him. God bless all y’all during this time and our prayers are with you.

  4. Estagen & Linda Zimmerman May 15, 2009 at 9:34 am #

    To all of Uncle Ray’s family, you have our codolences at this time of a loss. I have alot of fond memories of Uncle Ray & Aunt Isabelle, and that is something that will always be instilled are the memories.

  5. Rosie(Hoffarth)& Ray Hager May 16, 2009 at 2:20 pm #

    To all my nieces & nephew & family, you have our condolences at this time. I have alot of good memories, living with my sister, Isabelle, Ray & the 7 children in the house. But they still found room for me. That year I went to school in Mpls. We had alot of good laughs. I’ll never forget the soup Ray made. It looked so good & I tasted it & it was spicey hot. Ray laughed so hard at me. Those were the good times. Take care.

  6. Nadine Hoffarth Appelt May 16, 2009 at 3:20 pm #

    To all of Rays’ family; I have many happy memories in the days of Ray and Isabelles’ lives. At their home in Columbia Heights. When Ray, Isabelle and all the children came to North Dakota to visit Isabelles’ parents and families for a few days. Isabelles’ children Maureen and Rick always wanted to stay so they could live on the farm with their Grandparents a few days. Ray made friends with a squirrel that hung around their yard in Columbia Heights and Ray would open the kitchen door and call Pete, the squirrel friend to come all the way to the table and give him treats to eat. Ray named him Pete and Pete would always respond to Ray and later to Isabelle. They had alot of fun with Pete. These are fond memories never to forget.
    I am Isabelles’ youngest sister, Nadine Hoffarth Appelt

  7. Peggy (Muscha) Schmidt May 19, 2009 at 1:45 pm #

    You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I and Isabelle’s sister Sophia’s daughter. When I was 11 I was fortunate enough to spend a month in the cites visiting Uncle Ray, Aunt Isabelle, Aunt Regina Uncle Al and all of my cousins. I remember Uncle Ray’s great stories and the way he made me laugh, sitting on his lap and getting one of his warm hugs. On one visit we went to the airport and I was able to get a ride on “his cart.” I will always cherish these memories.

  8. Linda (Poundstone) Wood June 9, 2009 at 2:10 pm #

    To the Harris family, my condolences on your loss. We were across-the-street neighbors in Columbia Heights and shared many memories and lots of fun. I remember Ray teasing me about catching the Easter Bunny and making rabbit stew before he got to our house…Blackie the dog…and lots of fun with Geraldine. Hold your memories close.

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