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Updated: 12/05/2013 08:00:07AM

Raymond Foster Harris

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Raymond Foster “Bud” Harris, 88, died Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, at his home in Rotonda West, Fla.

He was born May 16, 1925, in Streator, Ill., to Raymond and Josephine Harris.

His family moved shortly afterward to Kansas. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1943, serving in the Pacific Theater during World War II.

He loved playing golf and watching football. Bud was very friendly; everyone liked his humor and smiling face. He had a great heart. Bud was loved by all because of his quick wit and winning smile. He will be missed dearly.

Bud and his first wife, Cheryl Dereck, now deceased, had two children, Todd (Rhonda) Harris and Leslie Gomez. He and his wife of 32 years, Beverly, were blessed with a family of eight children; she is the mother of six children, Marijon (Ralph), Jeanne (Bill), Francine (Richard), Robert, Daniel and Ronald, now deceased; and they are grandparents to 19 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, at Hope Lutheran Church in Gulf Cove (Port Charlotte), Fla. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Bud’s name would be appreciated to Hope Lutheran Church, 14200 Hopewell Ave., Port Charlotte, FL 33981.

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