Aug. 29, 1925-Aug. 19, 2004
Floyd Harris, 78, of Irrigon, died Thursday, Aug. 19 2004, at his home after a brief bout with leukemia.
At his request there will be no funeral service.
Mr. Harris was born in Turkey Creek, Ky., on Aug. 29,1925, to Ballard and Wilda Harris.
As a very young man he worked in the coal mines around Pikeville, Ky., until, at the age of 17, he enlisted in the Navy. He served as the pilot of an LST landing craft in the Pacific Campaign during World War II and was honorably discharged in February 1946. He later enlisted in the Army and was honorably discharged in December 1952. A few years later he decided he hadn't had quite enough of the military and enlisted again, this time in the newly formed U.S. Air Force.
He was an Air Policeman in the Air Force until they stationed him at Mount Hebo Air Force station at Hebo, Oregon. That was where he met and later married, JoAnn Coon. He finished his military career at Mount Hebo Jan. 30,1959 with a third honorable discharge. He then began a 20 year career with the Tillamook Public Utility District. He worked as a lineman for PUD and was said to be well-known and respected in Tillamook County. He lived and worked, and raised his family at the old cheese factory south of Cloverdale. In 1981, he retired from the PUD.
He and his family enjoyed fishing the waters of Tillamook County and loved camping and hunting all over the state.
Survivors include his wife, JoAnn, and their seven children, Michael Harris and wife, Rose, of Tillamook, Rob Harris of Hebo, Diane Snipes and husband, Chuck, of Winlock, Wash., Debbie Harris of Lincoln City, Denise Lane and husband, Jay, Hebo, Dorene Harris Davolos and husband, Jose', of Irrigon, and Dana Jo Harris of Irrigon; 18 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren and a brother, Joe Harris of Sidney, Ky.
Memorial contributions may be made to Vange John Memorial Hospice, 645 W. Orchard, Suite 200, Hermiston, OR 97838. Burns Mortuary of Hemiston is in care of arrangements