Melvin R. Harris 1930-2013

HOWLAND – Melvin R. “Duke” Harris, 83, was called home to be with the Lord at 6:15 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, while a patient at St. Joseph Health Center, Warren, following an extended illness.

Duke was born April 22, 1930, in Warren, the son of Charles K. and Anna Yuhn Harris.

A proud defender of freedom, Mr. Harris served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

He found employment as a crane repairman for Copperweld Steel, Warren, where he worked for 38 years before officially retiring.

He married the former Theresa M. Burns on June 25, 1955, and together they would spend the next 58 years together side by side.

A devout Catholic, he was a member of the St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Community, St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church. His other memberships included Knights of Columbus Council 620, Warren, where he achieved his 4th Degree; American Legion Post 540, Cortland, for more than 56 years; and the Supreme Council of the Royal Arcanum.

In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing, hunting, boating, gardening and cheering on his Cleveland Indians.

Survivors include his wife, Theresa; his son, Melvin R. “Bob” Harris Jr. of Howland; his daughter, Theresa Ann (Ron) Riccadonna of Masury; his five grandsons; and his great-grandson.

He was preceded in death by his parents; by his brothers, Frank and Charles Harris; and his sisters, Helen Shaffer and Delores “Dolly” Goberish.

A time of gathering will be recognized from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, and a funeral service will be held in his honor at 10 a.m. Thursday, both at Briceland Funeral Service, 379 state Route 7 S.E., Brookfield.

He will be laid to rest in All Souls Catholic Cemetery.

As suggested by his family, material contributions can be made to the local American Cancer Society.

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