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Harland Harris

Harland H. Harris, 92, of Topeka, died Oct. 20, 2012, at Midland Hospice House.

The son of Harold and Edna (Jollife) Harris, he was born in Hewitt, Minn., on June 25, 1920. He was a 1939 graduate of Wadena High School in Wadena.

Harland served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was also a salesman for Pabst Blue Ribbon and had worked for General Mills in the Sales District Center at his retirement.

He was a member of the Presbyterian faith, and enjoyed fishing, hunting and bowling.

Harland was married to Effie "Jackie" Kurtti on June 2, 1945, in Wadena at St. Helen's Church. She predeceased him in 1993, as did his two sisters, Arlene Brown and Trudy Johnson. Harland is survived by two sons, Philip (Joan) Harris of Ottawa, Kan., and Lee (Tharon) Harris of Topeka; granddaughters, Jennifer Harris, Krystal (Craig) Watkins, Lisa Harris and Carrie (Cody Staab) Harris; and great-grandchildren, Kamryn, Emily, Devin and Cooper.

He was cremated. A Memorial Service was held 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 at the Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home, where the family received friends an hour prior to the service. Inurnment was to be held at a later date at the Wadena Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Midland Hospice Care and sent in care of Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home, 800 SW 6th Ave., Topeka, Kan., 66603.

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