R.L. Harris

Born: Sat., Mar. 13, 1920
Died: Thu., Jan. 26, 2012

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The viewing for longtime Pendleton resident, R.L. Harris, 91, will be from 2-6 P.M. on Thursday, Feb. 2nd at Burns Mortuary of Pendleton and services will be held at 2 P.M. Friday, Feb. 3rd, at the First United Methodist Church with interment immediately following at Olney Cemetery. Sign the online guestbook at www.burnsmortuary.com Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is handling arrangements. Contributions may be made directly to the Memorial Fund of the First United Methodist Church at 352 S.E. 2nd St., Pendleton or through Burns Mortuary. R.L. died Thursday January 26th following a short stay at a local care center. He was born on March 13, 1920 in Watervliet, MI. He was the second born and oldest son of Roy Laverne and Gladys Pauline Cook/Muth Harris. The family moved several times in Michigan, but moved from Detroit to Oak Grove, OR in June of 1930. From there they moved to Vernonia in 1932, Silverton in 1934, and finally to Prineville in 1938/39. R.L. moved with his father to a barren piece of property in Prineville in the fall of 1938, after he finished high school. They built a house and broke out sagebrush for crops and the remainder of the family moved the following summer. He found himself building B-17 bombers in Seattle when WWII broke out. He returned home to join the service, but given a medical deferrment due to hearing problems. Instead, he stayed on the farm, working for his parents two other brothers served in the Pacific. In 1945 he met a new OSC Ext. Agent, Lulu Earnheart, who visited the farm to view his brother Douglas' 4-H project. They were married at the First Methodist Church in Pendleton on Feb. 24, 1946. They moved and began a farming partnership with Lulu's father R.O.O. Earnheart on the family farm north of Pendleton in March of 1950. "Ott" died in 1954 and they ultimately took over full ownership from the heirs. They were very active in the Methodist Church and the Cold Spring Grange. In addition to farming, R.L. sold Grange property and auto insurance for over 20 years. He enjoyed hunting, mostly big game, and fishing. R.L. was very active in the farm community and was named Outstanding Young Farmer by the Pend. Jr. Chamber in 1956. In the spring of 1959 the family was selected for a documentary of Oregon farm families filmed by Oregon State College Ext. He served on the PGG Board and as an officer of the Umatilla Co. Wheat Growers. In 1963, the Ford Motor Co. named him the Ford Farm Almanac Farm Efficiency Award winner for wheat growers and the Pendleton FFA named him an Honorary Chapter Farmer. The OSU College of Ag. Sciences named him to the Diamond Pioneer Ag. Career Achievement Registry in 2009. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; infant son, Richard; sister, Beulah; brothers, John, Marleau, Roland, and Douglas. He is survived by sister, Mary Larson of Klamath Falls; sisters-in-law, Sarah Burch of Walla Walla, Pat Harris of Newberg, Winifred Simmons of Gresham, and Joanne Harris of Echo; son, James Carla of Pendleton; granddaughters Erica, Jill Sabo John, and Andrea all of Portland; step-grandsons Corey Sievers Jessica of Lawrence KS, Jason Sievers Wendi of Boise, and Spencer Sievers Jennifer of Walla Walla; step-granddaughters Julie Bailey Albert of Boise and Lacey Lichi Ens. Anthony of Norfolk, VA; adopted granddaughters Ashley of Boise, Angel and Autumn; one great grandson, Caleb Sabo, and nine step-great grandchildren. Numerous nieces and nephews that he adored also survive him.

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Marlene Harris Forsythe
   Posted Tue January 31, 2012
Our hearts are with you as R.L. is laid to rest. We take comfort in the belief that he is now beginning his new life that will last forever. God bless you all.

Terry Ann Christensen
   Posted Tue January 31, 2012
Our thoughts are with you all. RL will be missed by so many and the canyon won't be the same without him! Hugs & Love, Terry Ann, Craig, Ruth Ann & family

Steve & Carol Fisher
   Posted Tue January 31, 2012
Jim & Carla, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. In Christian Love, Steve & Carol

Jody Robinson
   Posted Tue January 31, 2012
R.L will definitly be missed. What a great man he was!!! Loved listening to all his great stories!! Rest in peace R.L. Jody Robinson

Don Lieuallen
   Posted Tue January 31, 2012
March 13 will never be the same with RL gone. I will miss the annual phone calls to celebrate our shared birthday.

Barbara Dodson
   Posted Wed February 01, 2012
Our heart and prayers are with the family as they say their goodbys to such a wonderful man. May God comfort them with the good memories of the time they had with him.

Tony Fox
   Posted Wed February 01, 2012
Thoughts and prayers to Jim and the entire family. Thank you for the updates over the past few months. R.L.'s brother John was my grandfather. God bless.

peggy morris bronson
   Posted Thu February 02, 2012
To the family of R.L. Harris: We send our love and prayers to all of you. We enjoyed spending time and visiting with Mr. Harris as he shared a room at Willowbrook Terrace with my father, Al Morris. They had known each other for over 60 years. Mr. Harris seemed to have a cute clasic comment with a smile after I completed a small task for him. Thank you for sharing your loved one with us. May peace be with you. Peggy Morris Bronson Al Morris Family

Audrey & Dick Roberts
   Posted Thu February 02, 2012
We have many fond memories of cousin R.L. He helped us dress our moose after a successful hunt when he and Lulu visited us here in Alaska. The only thing he couldn't do was teach me to water ski on the Columbia.

Barbara Montgomery
   Posted Mon February 06, 2012
May you experience God's strength and comfort during this time. Remember: "It is well with my soul"

Columbo Sakuma
   Posted Mon February 27, 2012
Ke kmal mesaul e rubak! Mousubes er tiang el kmal mlo meioud. Ak di mereng a sulem er a ungil omerollem el kmal mle ngosukak er a taem el kulusbech a ngeseu. Ng ngar ngii a milkrolau el mei er kemam me ke mesaul el orrenges. Thank you, kind sir! For hearing what no one else could. May the fish keep biting til your arms are sore.

Jan Jones
   Posted Mon April 02, 2012
Sorry it took so long to read your dad's obituary and sign the guest book. I still only have partial use of my hands as a result of my surgery 2 numb fingers and subsequent hematoma on my right hand. Hope this finds your leg healing well. We will all miss your dad - he was a great uncle and family man. Much love to you & yours. Jan & Ray

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