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Donald "Ray" Harris

August 20, 1946 ~ September 22, 2023 (age 77) 77 Years Old

Donald "Ray" Harris Obituary

Donald “Ray” Harris, 77, of Burlington, died Friday, September 22, 2023, at the Southeast Iowa Regional Medical Center in West Burlington.

He was born August 20, 1946, in Tulsa, OK, and was the son of Willie and Ida Mae Pouncil Harris. He married the love of his life, Margo Parrish, on November 25th, 1987 in Tulsa, OK.

He attended Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, OK.

Ray would then go on to work for Champion Spark Plug for 30 years, where he handled a multitude of responsibilities along with being a proud Union Rep and Grievance Fighter. 

Ray attended Heritage Baptists Church and was a member of St. Johns African Methodist Episcopal Church. He was known for numerous acts of charity; such as starting a food pantry and working for United Way. After Margo, some of his other loves were golfing, fishing, hunting, playing dominoes, listening to music, watching western movies, and last but not least he was an avid Minnesota Vikings fan.

Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Margo Harris of Burlington; his children, Travares (Jennifer) Harris of Minneapolis, MN, Shayla Harris of Plymouth, MN, Deanna Lewis of Milwaukee, WI, Harry (Trisha) Lewis of Newton, IA, and James Lewis of Semi Valley, CA; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; three sisters, Odessa Burkhaulter of Tulsa, OK, Cathy Harris of Tulsa, OK, and Dianna Kaye Harris of Tulsa, OK.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two children, Donald Ray Harris Jr. and Nina Harris, granddaughter DeAndrya Harris, his five brothers, Bobby, Willie Jr., Earnest, Wilbert and Michael Harris, and sister Maybelline Harris, Alden Harris, Alire Rogene, and Marilyn Harris. 

Visitation will be from 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM with the family to receive friends Friday, October 13, 2023 at Prugh Funeral Service.

The funeral service for Mr. Harris will be 2:00 PM Friday, October 13, 2023, at Prugh Funeral Service, 3940 Division Street. A repast will be held at Bethany Lutheran Church following the service.  Cremation will be entrusted to the care of Prugh Crematory following the service.  

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October 13, 2023

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Prugh Funeral Service
3940 Division
Burlington, IA 52601

Funeral Service
October 13, 2023

2:00 PM
Prugh Funeral Service
3940 Division
Burlington, IA 52601

October 13, 2023

4:00 PM
Bethany Lutheran Church
2515 Madison Ave
Burlington, IA 52601


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