Friday, December 19, 2014



Charles “Ken” Harris, 96, Ottawa, passed away Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, in Ottawa.

At Ken’s request, no visitation is planned, but the family is set to have a private graveside service at a later time.

He was born May 26, 1917, in Carthage, Mo., to Earl J. and Frata F. (Holiday) Harris.

Ken moved to Ottawa in 1927 with his parents.

He graduated from Ottawa High School in 1934, and from the University of Kansas in 1939, majoring in political science. He also received a degree to teach from Northern Colorado University in 1940. After receiving his teaching degree, he taught school at Prospect High School in Keenesburg, Colo., in 1940 and 1941.

Ken was employed at Lockheed Aircraft at Burbank, Calif., for five years where he started as a laborer, but was promoted to production supervisor and tooling.

He returned to Ottawa in 1946 where he was a partner with his father, Earl, in the Central Check Co, a mail order specialty printing plant. After his father’s death in 1958, the business was incorporated and Fred Adamson became part owner in the business. He managed the business until his retirement in 1985.

Ken married Jane Maybell Feb. 10, 1944, in Glendale, Calif. They enjoyed nearly 70 years of marriage.

Other survivors include their three children, Scott Harris, Olathe, Janet Koch and her husband, Don, Kansas City, Kan., and Brian (Sam) Harris and his wife, Sheri, Ottawa; five grandchildren, Holly Harris-Binder, Clint Harris, Kelly Nelson, Cori Oglesby and Kimbra Sapp; and six great-grandchildren.

He was a member of United Methodist Church of Ottawa for more than 70 years. He also was a member of the Kiwanis, Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, all of Ottawa, and treasurer of greater Los Angeles K.U. Alumni.

Ken enjoyed mountain climbing, instrumental and vocal classical music, reading and photography.

The family suggests contributions to First United Methodist Church, Prairie Paws Animal Shelter or Meals on Wheels.

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