Dr. Richard Clyde "Dick" Harris passed away peacefully at his home on June 17, 2017, with loving family by his side. Dick was born in Chicago on Nov. 5, 1927.
When still a young boy, his family moved to Zionsville, near the hometown of his mother, Eva. Dick attended school in Zionsville and graduated from Zionsville High School in 1945. He played basketball on the team that won Zionsville's first sectional championship.
In early 1946, he enlisted in the Navy and served for two years, traveling as far away as China as the world recovered from World War II. After leaving the military, he completed his bachelor's at Butler University and then went on to earn his degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery at Indiana University. Dick remained a staunch supporter of the university and its efforts throughout his life, and took particular interest in IU basketball.
During his more-than-37 year career as a dentist in Wabash, Dr. Harris not only treated his many patients with loving care and compassion, but also served a six-year term on the Indiana State Board of Dental Examiners and was active with the Indiana State and local dental associations. He was also a member of Kiwanis and Elks, as well as several local organizations.
Dick was an avid volunteer. He and his wife, Jane, were involved in several dental mission trips to Central America for which he received the American Dental Association's service award. In his later years, he volunteered at a dental clinic for the indigent in Leesburg, Fla., where he continued to serve until shortly before his death.
Golf was always a big part of Dick's life. He played many years at Wabash Country Club where he was a past club champion. After retirement and moving to The Villages, he played several times each week, and shot his age numerous times. He shot two holes-in-one throughout his golfing years. Dick played trumpet in The Villages Concert Band for over a decade. He also enjoyed many other activities such as cooking, gardening, tennis, woodworking and traveling, and spoke fluent Spanish. He always had a positive outlook on life, loved to tell jokes and make people laugh.
Richard is survived by his four children, Richard, Kathlyn Glover, Amy Nelson and Jill Tanner. Richard also had seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, all of whom he dearly loved. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde Lincoln Harris and Eva Way Harris; sisters, Marion Huesing and Louise Ramsey; and his loving wife of 67 years, Jane Ellen Kortepeter Harris.
Both Richard and Jane's ashes will be interred at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. Services are pending.
Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer's or Hospice organizations of your choice.
Published on July 13, 2017