November 15, 1931 - December 19, 2017
William (Bill) Harris, husband, father, and grandfather, went to be with the Lord December 19, 2017 in Phoenix, Oregon. He was born November 15, 1931 in Old Town, Maine to Frank and Sybil Harris.
He joined the Maine National Guard at the age of 15 and later joined the Army. Bill served in the infantry in the Korean War and was wounded, receiving the Purple Heart, then transferred into the Medical Corps. He was later stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington where he met Irene Wyman, who became his wife of nearly 60 years. They were married August 2, 1952. Bill transferred to the Air Force and served in the Medical Corps until his retirement from the Air Force in 1970. Bill and Irene had seven children before the family moved to Medford, Oregon in 1970. Bill started his second career with the Medford Orthopedic Group, becoming their first Physician’s Assistant. They retired in 1990 and traveled for several years. Irene preceded him in death December 20, 2011.
On August 24, 2013 Bill married Susan Slaikjer, who survives him. He is also survived by his children, Deborah Clemens (David), Medford; Wayne Harris, Veneta, Ore.; Roger Harris (Candy), Medford; Jacqueline Loos (Robert), Medford; William P. Harris, LaPine, Ore.; Lesa Kado (Walt), Scottsdale, Arizona; and Roberta Douglass (Charles), Fountain Hills, Ariz.; 21 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; his sister, Barbara Hatch, Plattsburgh, New York; sister-in-law, Mona Harris, Milford, Maine; and several nieces and nephews around the country. Bill was also preceded in death by 10 of his siblings, Cora, Marjorie, Katherine, Lois, Robert, Frank, Roy, Donald, Charles, and Phil.
A Rosary will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, January 4, 2018 at Hillcrest Mortuary Chapel, 2201 N. Phoenix Rd., Medford. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday January 5, 2018 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, followed by a burial at 2 p.m. at Eagle Point National Cemetery. Donations may be made in Bill’s memory to The Gary Sinise Foundation (serving wounded veterans) or to the Wounded Warrior Project.