Raymond “Pete” Harris, 97, of Evansville, IN, on November 18, 2022, went home peacefully to be with the Lord and his late wife, Doris.
He was born in Evansville on August 23, 1925, to the late Charles and Henrietta (Acker) Harris. Pete went to Vogel School, Bosse High School and graduated from Mechanical Arts. He joined the Navy in 1943, serving in World War II. He then went to Evansville College and graduated with an engineering degree. He worked for Whirlpool for 35 years. Pete was married 68 years to Doris (Marsch) Harris until her death in 2018. A car accident brought them together and a year later they were married. Pete is survived by their two children, Tim Harris (Elizabeth) and Jayne Mills (James); five grandchildren, Abby, Kelly, Jamie, Jake and Taylor; and 13 great grandchildren. Some of the best memories were from the many family trips and vacations. Pete and Doris shared a love for nature and enjoyed birdwatching and spending time outside. He always loved playing games and had a competitive spirit. He loved telling jokes, laughing and making others laugh.
Pete was an avid golfer and was, until very recently, still playing regularly with his brother-in-law, Mitch Marsh. He was a long-time member of the Fendrick Golf Course Men’s Club. He always loved searching for lost golf balls and sometimes would go to great lengths to find them. Pete and Doris were long time season ticket holders of the University of Evansville Aces basketball. They were devoted members of First Baptist Church of Evansville since they were married there in 1950. Pete owned several antique foreign cars and loved rebuilding and working on them. He liked to pick his grandchildren up from school in his fancy cars.
Pete was able to take an Honor Flight to Washington DC for his WWII service. He enjoyed the trip with his grandson and was deeply moved by the fuss that was made over him.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 22, 2022, at First Baptist Church, 320 Cherry Street, Evansville, with Pastor Steve Claspell officiating. Entombment will be in Oak Hill Mausoleum where the American Legion Kapperman Post 44 will render full military rites.
Friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., Monday, November 21, 2022, at Boone Funeral Home East Chapel – A Family Tradition Funeral Home, 5330 Washington Avenue, Evansville, and will continue from 10:00 a.m. until service time, Tuesday, November 22, 2022, at First Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: First Baptist Church at 320 Cherry Street, Evansville, IN 47713.
Boone Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Raymond Harris. Condolences may be made to the family online at boonefuneralhome.net