Former Kenai resident Robert L. "Bob" Harris Sr. died of an aneurysm on Friday, May 19, 2000, at Morton General Hospital in Morton, Wash. He was 74.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the Morton Chapel of the Brown Mortuary, with pastor Don Self officiating. A reception will follow at the Morton Senior Center. A private inurnment will follow at a later date.
Mr. Harris was born March 20, 1926, in Gary, Ind., to Edgar and Myrtle (Timm) Harris, where he grew up. He joined the U.S. Navy and served in the South Pacific during World War II. Following the war, Mr. Harris attended the Seattle School of Photography.
Mr. Harris married Irene May Cheney on Jan. 27, 1949, in Morton. They resided in Glenoma, Wash., for three years as he worked in the logging industry. The family then moved to Spokane, Wash., where Mr. Harris worked for Xerox for 15 years, and then moved to Olympia, Wash., where he worked for Cascade Pole.
In 1982, the family moved to Kenai, where Mr. Harris worked as a commercial fisher, bush pilot and owned and operated a Bible bookstore for six years with his wife. In 1992, the family moved back to Glenoma, where they operated "The Bible Book Store" in Morton for four years.
The family said, "He was an avid photographer, loved to fish, hunt and was a pilot for over 40 years."
Mr. Harris was preceded in death by his parents and his sisters, Virginia Henderson and Jeannie Smith.
He is survived by Irene, his wife of 51 years; his sons David of Kenai and Robert of Olympia; his daughter, Sharon Carlson of Kenai; his brother, Wayne of Grand Terrace, Calif.; and six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Arrangements were made by Morton Chapel of Morton.
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