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Don Harris, 87, Wellsville, Kan., passed away Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, at his home. 

Funeral services are planned for 10:30 a.m. Monday, September 30, 2013, at Dengel & Son Mortuary, Ottawa. Interment is to follow at Wellsville Cemetery, Wellsville, Kan., with military honors by the U.S. Army Honor Guard, Fort Riley, Kan. The family plans to meet with friends at 4 p.m. Sunday at the mortuary.

Don was born Saturday, Jan. 30, 1926, in Burlington, Kan., the son of John William and Lydia (Roth) Harris.

He grew up, attended school, and lived in Burlington for about 20 years. Following his military service, he lived in several places before moving to Wellsville in 1979.

Don worked for Western Auto in Missouri for 13 or 14 years servicing appliances. He owned and operated the Feed Store in Wellsville from 1979 until his retirement in 1986.

Don served in the U.S. Army in the Asiatic Pacific Theater from April 1944 to May 1946 during World War II. He later served as a squad leader, attaining the rank of sergeant, in the Kansas National Guard with Company B, 174th MP Battalion until June 1959.

He was a member of the Wellsville United Methodist Church, Aerie Lodge No. 309, Fraternal Order of Eagles in Lawrence, American Legion Post No. 194 in Wellsville, Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Post No. 6397 of Garnett and the Lawrence OURS Dance Club (Oldsters United for Responsible Services).

Don was united in marriage with Mary Elizabeth Crouse Feb. 10, 1944, in Emporia, Kan. She preceded him in death Feb. 13, 1988.

He married Ona Knight Nov. 20, 1989. He is survived by his devoted wife whom he loved dearly.

Other survivors include his son, Larry Harris and wife, Barbara, Wellsville; two daughters, Peggy Jones and husband, Donald, Olathe, and Leesa Sands and husband, Pat, Wellsville; three stepsons, Gary Knight, Gravois Mills, Mo., Fred Knight, Wellsville, and Frank Knight and wife, Judy, Spring Hill; nine grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; eight step-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Armenta Bell, Burlington.

He was preceded in death by his first wife; parents; brothers, Alvin and Melvin Harris; and sisters, Mabel Makepeace and Eunice Young.

The family suggests memorials contributions to Wounded Warriors through Dengel & Son Mortuary 235 S. Hickory St., Ottawa KS 66067.

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