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Ronald Harris

August 22, 1944 — July 16, 2016

Ronald Allen Harris, 71, of Newton, died Saturday (July 16, 2016) at the Newton Presbyterian Manor.

He was born on August 22, 1944 in Hominy, Oklahoma, the son of Robert and Grace Harris Amburgey. His father was killed in an automobile accident in 1949. His mother would later re-marry and Ronald was adopted by his step-father, James C. Harris, in 1954.

Ronald married Wendy Ann Stacey on January 21, 1966 in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

He taught music, both band and chorus in Stigler, Oklahoma for one year before enlisting in the U.S. Air Force in June, 1966. Ronald was stationed at the Hamilton A.F.B. in California and served in the 573rd Air Force Band until being honorably discharged in January, 1970.

The family would later move to Ponca City, Oklahoma where he worked at Conoco Oil Company as an accountant for 23 years until retiring. Ronald and Wendy moved to Newton in July, 2000 to be closer to their son and his family.

Ronald loved to spend time with his granddaughters as well as camping and watching sports.

Survivors include his wife Wendy of the home; son Nick R. Harris and his wife Kerry; granddaughters Kailey Nicole Harris, Kelsi Grace Harris, and Avery Ann Harris all of Newton; brother John Harris and his wife Michelle of Argyle, Tx.; sisters Janet Bensinger and her husband John of Tulsa, Okla., and Leslie Garvin and her husband Lonnie of Hackett, Ark.; along with many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Ronald is preceded in death by his father Robert Amburgey; parents Grace and James Harris; great nephew Alden Brown; uncle Jack Amburgey; aunt June McNett; uncle Clifton Harris; as well as his grandparents.

No services will be held.

In lieu of flowers, Ronald would like for you to take your family out to dinner and celebrate his memory.

Arrangements are by Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, Newton, Ks.
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