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Ronald Ellsworth Harris

December 11, 1937 June 22, 2019
Ronald Ellsworth Harris
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Ronald E. Harris was born in Nampa, Idaho, of December 11, 1937. He died on June 22, 2019 in
McMinnville, Oregon, after a long illness. Ron spent his early childhood in Forest Grove, Oregon, where he lived until the age of ten years. His family then moved to Riverside, CA, where he finished school, graduating from Poly High School in 1956. Ron earned an AA degree in business from Riverside City College in 1958 and joined his dad’s business, Harris Fence Company, as his dad retired.
Ron married Nova Jean Clifton in 1958. They were blessed with a daughter, Jeannine. Ron became a widower after Nova Jean died from head injuries sustained in a horseback riding accident in 1963.
In 1964 Ron married Linda Ruddell and they were blessed with two more daughters, Kimberly and Stephanie. Ron and Linda left Riverside and moved to southern Oregon in 1978, building a home for their family on acreage along the Rogue River, where they lived for 19 years. In 1997 Ron and Linda moved to McMinnville.
Ron served in the Army National Guard and the Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit. He had a great love for God’s creation and enjoyed the wilderness. Ron was active in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod in Riverside, Medford, and McMinnville. He worshiped the one true God who sent His own Son, Jesus, to the cross to die for the sin of the world. He exuded faith that remained strong to the end. Ron was a loving man who will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Ron was predeceased by his parents, B.E. and Ruth Harris and his sister, Sherilee Houde. He is survived by his wife, Linda, three daughters: Jeannine (Robert) McGuckin, Kimberly (Dave) Arkens, Stephanie (Paul) Spath; his sister Kathleen (Les) Toth, eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at St. John Lutheran Church on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to St. John Lutheran Church, 2142 NE McDonald Lane, McMinnville, OR 97128. Interment was held at Evergreen Memorial Park.

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11:00 AM 7/13/2019 11:00:00 AM
St. John Lutheran Church

2142 NE McDonald Lane
McMinnville, OR 97128

St. John Lutheran Church
2142 NE McDonald Lane McMinnville 97128 OR
United States

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