Merle Lewis Harris, age 81 of Hillrose, Colorado passed away October 13, 2017 at his home with family by his side. He was born to Aldrich and Minnie Osborn Harris on April 17, 1936 in Eads, Colorado.
He went to school in Eads before joining the Army at the age of 17. He served from 1953 to 1955 in the Korean Conflict as a member of the 24th Infantry. He was injured in an explosion in 1955 and he spent 6 months in the Tokyo Hospital. He was honorably discharged from Fitzsimons Army Hospital in Aurora, Colorado. He was .
After he was discharged from the service, he went in to farming. He helped build the Pueblo Dam. Eventually he started driving truck for Falco later named Enron. He then became the district manager overseeing 4 states.
During this time he met and married Janice Pachner on January 26, 1986.
He retired from Enron in 1992 and bought his own truck and hauled grain and then cement to the new airport. He sold his truck and went to work for the Washington County Road and Bridge department and finally retired after 8 years.
His greatest joy was his family, playing golf, hunting and fishing. He had a great sense of humor and could tell you all kinds of stories. One story he loved to tell is when his brother Don drove his old Model A on an icy pond. Merle and his brother Wesley told him not to drive it out there but he did anyway and the Model A fell through the ice.
Another memory is he bought a big slide and he wanted the grandkids to have fun and the slide wasn’t slick enough so he sat on a gunnysack and he went flying down the slide and landed on his bottom on the ground. He decided that was too fast for the grandkids.
He is preceded in death by his father and mother, his brothers Donald Osborn, Raymond Harris, and Wesley Harris. He is survived by his wife Janice, his sister Shirley Watts, Sister in law Dorathy Osborn, brother in law Rob Pachner, his 93 year old Aunt Mary Marbele, and his daughters: Melinda (John) Guzman, Lisa (Russell) Scrimshire, Stephanie (Mike) Perry, Sons Jon (Amy) Stivers and Michael Seglke as well as numerous grandkids, great grandkids, nieces, and nephews.
Services will be held Friday October 20th at 11:00 a.m. at the Methodist Church in Akron, Colorado.
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