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William E. Harris

Born: 2/18/1941

Died: 6/20/2000

Maiden Name: n/a

Honorific: n/a

William E. Harris, 59, passed away Tuesday, June 20, 2000 at his home in McCook, Nebraska. He was born on February 18, 1941 to Claude Fletcher

and Lottie Jewel (Barnes) Harris at Hollycreek, Oklahoma. He attended school in Idabel Gray, Oklahoma, graduating from high school in 1959.

In 1967, he entered the U.S. Army and served during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged in 1968 and continued to serve in the Reserves until 1973.

Only July 16, 1970, he married Eva Marie Clapp. They made their home in McCook. Mr. Harris was enjoyed by Dayco as a destriper operater until his health forced him to retire. He and Eva kept themselves busy babysitting for children in the McCook community and become known to over 200 children as Eva and PaPa. Mr. Harris enjoyed going to all the baseball and softball games, carving wood, and sitting outside on his porch smoking his pipe. He was a member of the McCook American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He was preceded bin death by his wife on December 29, 1998; parents; two brothers, Franklin and Hiram Harris; five brothers-in-law and two sisters-in-law.

Survivors include his children, Jennifer Propes and husband, Kurt, of Phoenix, Arizona, Mindy Leah Harris of McCook, Judy Connell and husband, Jim, of Thornton, Colorado, stepchildren, Willaim Hagemann and wife, Sue, of Culbertson, Albert Hagemann of Auburn, Darla Stitzman and husband, Ron, of Salina, Kansas; ten grandchildren; all of Eva and Papa’s children; ten siblings, Claude and Jody Harris, Robert and Jo Harris and Maxine and Dwight Goodwin, all of Texas, David and Gwen Harris of Kansas, Stan and Susan Harris of North Carolina, Larry and Barbara Harris of Washington, Doris and Fred Bray of Ohio, Lucille and Darrell Banshaf of McCook, Louise and Dale Fields of Oklahoma and Pete Harris of Colorado; all of the Clapp Family; many nieces, nephews and a host of friends.