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Robert Dillon Harris, 83, passed away Thursday, January 25, 2018, in Petersburg, Indiana. Bob was born July 6, 1934, on Mullen Hill in Petersburg to Owen Dillon Harris and Clara Heldt Harris.
Bob graduated from Petersburg High School in 1951. He maintained perfect attendance from first grade on until he took a half day off his senior year. It was the day he took his mother, Clara, to the recruitment center for the enlistment of her 17-year-old son. He joined the United States Navy to fight in the Korean War. He served two tours in active duty. When he returned home Bob attended ISU in Terre Haute. This is where he met his wife of 61 years. Robert married Sondra Sue Seneff in Odon, Indiana, on November 30, 1956. Robert went on to graduate from the Indiana Mortuary College of Indianapolis in 1957. Robert became the fourth generation to join O.D. Harris & Sons Funeral Home in Petersburg, Indiana. Later, he became a second generation Pike County coroner. Robert was a member of the Pike Masonic Lodge #121; Shriners; Scottish Rite; I.O.O.F.; VFW Post #3587; and the Moose Lodge #1617; the American Legion; and the Tin Can Sailors (USS Taussig DD-746).. He served on the board of directors at Citizens State Bank. Bob was raised a member of the Main Street Presbyterian Church in Petersburg.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents Owen "Stiffy" and Clara Harris; brothers Richard "Dick" Harris and Rev. William "Bill" Harris; and a daughter, Nici Ann Harris. He is survived by his wife Sondra; daughters Lisa Harris, Clara (David) Henson and Gretchen (Bobby Walters) Harris; grandchildren Nick (Samantha) Henson, Ali (Christian Wilson) Henson, Gabriel Harris Walters, and Michael A. Walters; and great-grandchildren Evie Sweet and Creed Wendholt.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, January 30, 2018, at 1 p.m. EST at Harris Funeral Home in Petersburg, Indiana. Burial will immediately follow at Walnut Hills Cemetery, with military honors by V.F.W. Post #3587. Visitation will be Monday, January 29, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a Masonic Service at 7 p.m. by Pike Masonic Lodge #121. The visitation Tuesday will be from 9 a.m. until the time of services.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice. Condolences may be made online at www.odharrisfuneralhome.com
Published on January 27, 2018
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