The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

March 5, 2013

Donald Joseph Harris


KANKAKEE — Donald Joseph Harris, resident of Kankakee, died at 11:20 a.m. Friday, March 1, 2013, at Riverside Hospital. Donald was 84 years old.

Born June, 12 1927, in Effingham to Wendell W. and Justine Bonharme Harris, Donald was an accountant/systems analyst for the United States Army.

A graduate of the University of Illinois, his career included work at Ammunition Procurement & Supply Agency (APSA) in Joliet, the U.S. Army Engineer Division, downtown Chicago and with Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont.

Donald was a war veteran, serving in both World War II and The Korean Conflict as a medic in the U.S. Navy. During the Korean Conflict, Donald was stationed in the Pacific on the heavy cruiser USS Bremerton. Among his military involvements after WWII was the de-commissioning of Navy Pier, Chicago.

Donald was an avid card and cribbage player, was a great lover of dogs and also TV Westerns.

Donald is survived by his wife of 62 years, Laura L. Fausett Harris; by his son and daughter-in-law, Steven J. and Laura Byarley Harris of Rolling Meadows; by sister-in-law and husband, Frances and James McIntyre of Newman; and several nieces and nephews.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Anne Harris Randolph.

A memorial service in Donald’s honor will begin at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, at Schreffler Funeral Home in West Kankakee. Visitation will occur two hours prior from noon-2 p.m. Burial will be Thursday at Fairview Cemetery in Sidell.

Memorial gifts in Donald’s name may be given to the American Heart Association.

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