Floyd Richard Harris, 74, died in his Colville home Monday, Nov. 5, 2012 following a tough battle of COPD. He was born in Colville on August 16, 1938 to Helen Margaret Carson and Leon Harold Harris. He has an older sister, Juanita Bronson, still living and a younger brother Donny Harris who died at age three.
Floyd married Karen Floener in 1963 and they divorced in 2005. He graduated from Colville High School, where he was very involved in sports, lettering in baseball, basketball, football and track all four years and even received the â€śLittle Man Awardâ€ť. He then went onto Community College in Spokane and went into the trade of welding.
In his younger years, Floyd traveled the U.S. as a member of Ironworkers Union, where he worked on many bridges, buildings and dams, including Grand Coulee several times. Later, he worked and retired from Stevens County State HighÂ¬way Department. He based his entire life out of Colville, where he spent every hour of his days either waiting to watch the next sporting event, fishing on another lake or hunting the many mountains in the area.
His home is filled with all of the trophies from his advenÂ¬tures. Three-and-a-half years were spent building his dream log home--he downed the trees and put up the trusses. He enjoyed every minute of that time, making the project draw out long enough to think it all through (just like he did before he was going to tell you one of his many silly jokes.)
He also loved his animals. It is surprising that any of his cows or chickens ever got butchered. It came to a point where he finally wouldnâ€™t have any cats or dogs around because they might die on him. On one of the hunting trips, he lost a mule and a horse. He mourned and worried about them for a whole year until he was contacted by someone who had seen them. Amazingly, both animals survived and were brought home after a brutal winter in the mountains.
Floyd is survived by three children, a daughter, Dawn Marie Novak, who resides in Coeur dâ€™Alene, ID with her husband Bill and three boys, Keenan, Gabriel and Taten; his oldest son, Eric Marcel Harris, lives in Colville and has two daughters, Erica, who is married to Jeremy Dison and Mariah Harris. Larch Floyd Harris lives in Spokane Valley with his wife, Jamie, and their children, Thomas, Marina who has 2 boys Jadan and Tristan, Addy Ann, Riley (deceased) and Cruz.
Floydâ€™s father, Leon Harris, lived on the Northwest coast until he passed away in 1978. His mother, Helen Carson, is 94 and resides in Colville at Park View Assisted Living. Juanita Bronson is the sole surviving sibling. She remains in Colville with her husband, William. They had two children; the oldest daughter, LeaAnn, is deceased and their son, Dr. William BronÂ¬son, Jr., lives in Spokane with his wife, Sharon, and their two college-bound daughters, Sydney and Perry.
A memorial service for Floyd was held on Nov. 9 at Danekas Funeral Chapel, followed by a potluck at the Addy Inn.
Thank you to Linda Clark for opening her business to us by having a wonderful gathering of food and remembrance of Floyd. Also thanks to the many family and friends that joined in sending Floyd off in such a gracious way. His heart is soaring from the heavens above where he can finally breathe.
Any donations in Floydâ€™s name can be given to Colville High School.
Please visit the online memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com.
Danekas Funeral Chapel & Crematory has been entrusted with the arrangements.