Marvin Harris

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Funeral services for Mr. Marvin Harris, 82, of Spencer, will be held Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010, at First Christian Church in Spencer. Rev. Dan Mayes will officiate the 10:30 a.m. service.

Visitation, with the family present, will occur between 4 and 6 p.m. Tuesday, at the Warner Funeral Home in Spencer.

Interment will take place at North Lawn Memorial Park in Spencer.

Mr. Harris passed away Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010, at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.

Marvin Lee Harris, the son of Emory and Violet (Craddock) Harris, was born Aug. 18, 1928 in Mt. Prospect, Ill. His childhood years were spent in Spencer, where he received his education, graduating from Spencer High School. Following his schooling, he entered the military and served overseas in Germany with the U.S. Army from 1945, until his honorable discharge in 1950.

Marv married Ardythe Jaeger on July 21, 1951, in Jackson, Minn. Following his marriage, he worked Welco Feeds and later purchased the Conoco Station which he owned and operated from 1957 until 1970. He began his career at H & N Chevrolet in 1970, where he worked as a sales manager of the used car lot for 24 years, until his retirement. Marv won many awards in top sales and for outstanding salesmanship. He was an active member of the First Christian Church in Spencer, where he served as a deacon for many years. For the past 10 years, Marvin managed the Senior Center Bingo. He was also a member of the American Legion, the V.F.W. and the Fire Department for 10 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers: Kenneth and Emory Harris; one sister, Sharon Miller; a son, Randy Harris; three half-brother's: Robert, Bernard and Donnie Harris; and three half-sisters: Cleo Ore, Maxine Pilmer and Shirley Carpenter.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Ardythe of Spencer; one daughter, Vickie Delaney and her husband, Patrick of Merrit Island, Fla.; one son, Dan and his wife, Paula Harris of Spencer, Ia.; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one brother, Bill Harris and his wife, Vangie of Spencer, Ia.; other relatives and friends.

Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.