In Memory of

Richard Gordon Harris

May 16, 1929 - October 25, 2017
From: Spencer, IA | Originally: Everly, IA
Richard Gordon Harris

Richard Gordon Harris

Born: May 16, 1929
Died: October 25, 2017
Age: 88

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Richard G. Harris, the son of Leon and Viola (Twigg) Harris, was born May 16, 1929 in Rolfe, IA.  His early childhood years were spent in Rolfe until his family moved to Everly, IA in 1935.  In Everly, he attended a country grade school. He went on to graduate from Everly High School in 1947. He continued his education at Iowa State University, where he received his BA degree in Vocational Agriculture in 1951.

     Richard married Gloria Mohr on December 28, 1949 in Hartley, IA.  After his graduation from college, Richard taught school in Odebolt, IA for two years, until leaving the classroom to begin his career in farming.  After farming for a time near Everly and May City, he settled on the family farm north of Everly in 1963.  He continued farming there until his retirement in 2014 after 63 years of farming.  His family was very important to him and he planned his work day around his children’s activities.  He was also a devoted husband.  Richard was very involved in his community. He was an active member of the United Methodist Church in Everly, served on the Everly School Board for 12 years (including 4 years as president), was on the ASCS and FSA Boards, belonged to the Farm Bureau and was a 4-H leader for many years.  He loved being around the Clay County Fair, working the barns and taking tickets at the gate.

      Richard passed away at St. Luke Lutheran Home in Spencer, Iowa on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at the age of 88.  He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters: Marjorie Harris and Ardyth Peterson and a great grandson, Xavier Harris.

     Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Gloria of Spencer; his children: Diane (Jim) Turvold of Cresco, IA, David Harris of Grand Forks, ND, Dean (Kathy) Harris of Newman, CA, Denise Salem of Sioux City, IA and Doug (Lynette) Harris of Stansbury Park, UT; one brother, Ronald (Chris) Harris of Ozark, AL; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren;; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and countless friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, October 30 at the United Methodist Church in Everly, IA.
Rev. Mike Eeten
Steve Waller
Tim Cline
Joe Mann
Tom Krieger
Tony Meisner
Clay Carstens
Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, October 29 with the family present from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at Warner Funeral Home in Everly,
"Here I Am Lord" - Processional
"Amazing Grace"
"Let There Be Peace On Earth" - Recessional

Organist - Charlotte Thorne
Lone Tree Cemetery
Everly, Iowa

A lunch and time of fellowship will be held at the Hap Ketelsen Community Center on North Main St. in Everly immediately following the graveside services.


Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 11:06 AM
“My thoughts and prayers with Gloria. Richard was a very neat man. Enjoyed visiting with him while I worked in Spencer.”
- Chavon Struve
Monday, October 30, 2017 at 7:05 PM
“So sorry for your loss! He will be missed!”
- Jim and Nancy Hartmann
Monday, October 30, 2017 at 3:10 PM
“My thoughts and prayers to Richard’s family.He was a sweet kind man and will truly be missed.”
- Deborah Helmke
Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 8:59 AM
“My condolences to you and your family Dean. Healing blessings to the whole family”
- Judy Alvey
Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 8:25 AM
“I am so sorry to hear this! You are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”
- Bruce Lear
Friday, October 27, 2017 at 1:13 PM
“Dean, my old Morning Herald circulation manager. Very sorry to hear of the passing of your father. Blessings to you and yours.”
- Gene Hall
Friday, October 27, 2017 at 1:13 PM
“Our condolences to all of you in the loss of your dad, grandpa and great grandpa.We have many fond memories. With me, growing up and many card parties for entertainment. For Roger, some very relaxing and good farming conversations. He will be missed but we all will have very fond memories to keep with us. I am sorry we won't be able to attend but will be with you in thought and prayer. God bless.”
- Roger & Eileen Veum
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