Donald C. Harris, son of the late Mark and Elda (Burns) Harris, was born on November 1, 1919 in Dora, Missouri, and passed away on November 14, 2010 at his home in Vanzant, Missouri, at 91 years of age.
As a young man, he worked several different jobs. In 1942, he was inducted into the Army. He served for 3 1/2 years. He served in the 19th General Hospital and later joined the 101st Airborne. He served in four battles. He received the Presidential Citation for the Battle of the Bulge and was also awarded several other medals.
In 1950, Donald was married to Vivian Pauline Giles. Five children were born to this union: Ralph, Warren Allen, Sherry, David, and Jimmie Harris. Pauline passed away in 1972.
He married Myrtle Paulsen in 1981. Myrtle had three children: Diane Stockstill, Leonard Paulsen, and Louise Olson.
Donald served as a mail carrier and postmaster of Vanzant Post Office for 23 years. In his last years, he was called to preach the Gospel. He was the pastor of Willow Springs #2 Free Will Baptist Church in Vanzant. He was also a deacon for many years.
Donald will be greatly missed by family and friends. He always gave 100 percent of himself to everyone. He has many family, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren who will have many wonderful memories of him.
Besides his parents and first wife, Donald was preceded in death by a son, Warren Allen Harris.
He is survived by his wife of their home, Myrtle Harris; three sons, Ralph, David, and Jimmie Harris; one daughter, Sherry Harris; one stepson, Leonard Paulsen; two stepdaughters, Diane Stockstill and Louise Olson; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; church family, and neighbors who will sadly miss him.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, November 18, 2010, at 2:00 p.m. in Craig-Hurtt Chapel with Rev. Roger Flint officiating. Kairrie Harris, Doug Erwin and Ruth Coble served as singers. Song selections were “Grandpa,” “Amazing Grace,” and “Go Rest High On That Mountain.” Pallbearers were William Wojczyk, David Olsen, Denton Harris, Christopher Spicer, Bion Erwin, Daniel Bradford, Frankie Harris, Doug Erwin and Timothy Harris. Full military honors were given at the cemetery by American Legion Post 30, The Lima Burial Detail Team, with Jared Moore serving as bugler. Burial was in New Hope Cemetery under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mtn. Grove, Missouri.
Online condolences may be made at www.craighurttfuneralhome.com.