William F. “Bill” Harris, 90, Grand Island, Neb., father of a Stevens Point woman, died Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, at Riverside Lodge Retirement Community, while under the care of St. Francis Hospice and Home Care and Companions caregivers.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Grand Island, Neb., with the Rev. Richard Piontkowski officiating. Burial will be in Grand Island City Cemetery, with military honors provided by the U.S. Army and Grand Island Veterans Honor Guard.
Visitation will be at All Faiths Funeral Home in Grand Island from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, followed by a rosary at 7 p.m.
Memorials are suggested to the Bill Harris and John Harris Central Catholic Memorial Fund or St. Francis Hospice.
Condolences may be offered online at www.giallfaiths.com.
Mr. Harris was born April 19, 1923, in Omaha, Neb., a son of the late William and Kathryn (Fass) Harris. He received his education at Grand Island St. Mary’s High School, graduating with the class of 1941.
He entered the U.S. Army March 20, 1943, serving with the 28th Infantry Division during World War II. He was honorably discharged Oct. 22, 1945.
He was married to Virginia May King Jan. 7, 1943.
He owned and operated “Bill’s Bar None” and later “Corner Tavern,” both in Grand Island. He was employed by National Cash Register for 22 years, from which he retired. After his retirement, he started Bankers Electronic Equipment.
He was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and St. Mary Catholic Church; and he served as an usher at both churches. He was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Platt Deutsche.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia; three daughters, Linda (Pat) Wenzl, Stevens Point, Mary (Randy) Marshall, Omaha, Neb., and Marthanna (Rick) Cogswell, San Francisco, Calif.; one son, David, Grand Island; one sister, Mary Kittel, Nashville, Tenn.; 14 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.
He was also preceded in death by one son, John Paul; one brother, Robert; and one sister, Joyce Jorgenson.