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Fri Nov 29 12:23:32 EST 2013
WILLIAM JOSEPH (JOE) HARRIS
William Joseph Harris (Joe), 45, passed away on Sunday November 17, 2013 at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He was born April 3, 1968 in Logan, Utah to Bill and Arla Harris. He married Lisa Anne Mikkelson on October 28, 2000.
His family lived in the Dallas, Texas area until he was 13, then he grew up in Berthoud, Colorado. He graduated from Berthoud High School in 1986 where he played trumpet in jazz band and concert band and was on the soccer team. He became an Eagle Scout during his high school years. His project was to build one of the wooden signs to welcome all to Berthoud. It still stands at the entrance to town.
Joe served in the United States Army from spring 1990 to 1994. He was based in El Paso, Texas and worked in the Patriot Missile program. After locating to the Kansas City area, he became a firefighter with North Kansas City Fire Department on March 15, 1995, a career he loved until his death.
Joe enjoyed the outdoors with a favorite activity being fishing for crappie in Missouri and trout in Wyoming and Colorado, especially with his wife and/or dad. He and his wife enjoyed studying the Bible together and he was strong in his Christian faith. He also loved his dirt bike, r/c cars, crossword puzzles and word games (he was an avid Wheel of Fortune fan).
Joe is survived by his wife; parents; and siblings, Arna, Mark (Laurel), Justin, Randall (Marianne), Brent (Jen), Barb (Andy), and Megan (Mark). His children are Brent Harris and Kelsey Harris; stepchildren are April (Eddie) Ferreira, Dan (Rosangela) Pennycuff, and Amy (Adam) Gerdes. He is also survived by stepchildren Mitch Jennings and Scott Harris from a previous marriage to Kathryn Jennings. He has four step grandchildren, Izabella, Izaia, Otavio, and Nathan as well as numerous nieces and nephews. His father-in-law is Chuck Mikkelson, sister-in-law is Carrie Mikkelson, and brother-in-law is Brian Mikkelson.
Joe has been cremated under the direction of White Chapel Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held on Saturday December 7, 2013 at White Chapel Funeral Home at 6600 North Antioch Road in Gladstone MO 64119. Visitation will be from 11-1 with the service at 1:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers, donations to SAFE, William Joseph Harris Memoriam; 3100 Broadway, Suite 226; Kansas City, MO 64111 (to benefit families of fallen public safety officers, would be appreciated.
A memorial will be held in Colorado in the spring on a date to be determined later.
(Arrangements by D.W. Newcomer’s Sons White Chapel Funeral Home, 6600 N. Antioch Rd., Gladstone, MO 64119, 816-452-8419)
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