Donald B. Harris
Donald B. Harris, 92 of Lees Summit, MO passed peacefully and joyfully into the arms of Jesus his Savior, and back into the arms of his beloved wife Barbara on September 9, 2020 at the Kansas City Hospice House.
Donald had the most wonderful parents, two loving sisters and a little brother. It was during his childhood that he developed his passion for sports (basketball and track), fishing, hunting and singing. He was a star athlete and continued playing competitive basketball into his 60’s; and tennis until the age of 90.
Donald served a two year tour in the U.S. Navy in 1947-1949 and was stationed in Washington, DC where he worked in the Department of Naval Personnel and was lead tenor in the distinguished Navy Bluejacket Quartet. He also played basketball for the Navy team.
After his Navy tour, Donald married Barbara, the love of his life in 1950 and celebrated almost 60 years until Barbara’s passing in 2010. They had four children; Suzanne Reece (husband Richard), Brent Harris (wife Mary Ann), Bradley Harris (wife Phyllis) and Janelle Carey (husband Patrick), six beloved grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Together they were the most loving and wonderful parents and grandparents, not only to their four children but ‘adoptive parents’ to countless others. Their home was always a safe and loving place for all to gather.
Donald worked 38 years as an Outside Customer Service Representative for the Kansas City Power & Light Company, turning down numerous promotion opportunities because he wanted to spend more time with his family.
Donald’s favorite hobby was fly fishing for rainbow trout. This lifelong passion was shared by his wife, children and grandchildren. Don, Barbara and their children would spend almost every summer vacation in a trout stream together; and after retirement would spend 5-6 weeks a year in the river and teaching others how to fly fish.
Donald never lost his passion for music and passed on his love for singing to his children and grandchildren.
Above all else, Donald’s greatest love was Jesus, His Lord and Savior. He spent all his life, and especially the last 10 years lovingly sharing Jesus’ love and Life with everyone he could. Even during his valiant 16 month battle with cancer, he would tell doctors, nurses, and other patients about Jesus’ love for them and the eternal Life that He offers. All the way up until the final day he could speak, he was telling the wonderful nurses at Kansas City Hospice House about his Savior. This is Donald B. Harris’ greatest legacy. He passed into Heaven with his four children at his bedside while they sang his favorite hymn ‘How Great Thou Art’.
Donald wanted this promise to be the last words he shared here on Earth: ‘Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?” ‘ John 11:25-26
Burial will be at Newcomer’s Floral Hills in Kansas City in a private service. A Celebration of Life Service will be announced at a future date. All of the Harris children want to thank their dear friends and family for their love and prayers.
In lieu of flowers, Donald requests donations to the amazing and wonderful Kansas City Hospice House at kchospice.org/donations