Ray 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.