Robert Elwin Harris Jr., 68, a former Sunnyside resident died in the early hours of Thursday, April 28, 2011, at the Hospice house in University Place.

He was born Dec. 6, 1942 in Toppenish to Robert E. Harris Sr. and Alta Luella Drake and three sisters, Viola, Mona and Irene.

He was the father of Tamara Sue, Heidi Ann and Heather Janine; and grandfather of 16 grandchildren and one great- granddaughter.

He was a veteran, cosmetologist, carpenter, mechanic, artist, and student of life.

He spent a lot of his life searching for something that seemed just out of reach. He loved to fish. Many of his days were spent out in nature or by a lake enjoying the peacefulness and reeling in another fish, usually just to gently return it to the water.

He made friends wherever he traveled.

He loved everything about women.

He enjoyed music and dancing and having fun. He left his mark wherever he went, from riding a motorcycle in a white T with jeans, cigs rolled in his sleeve and slicked back hair in the 60s to driving a antique Bentley in the late 70s, he was never in the shadows always out making a scene, for better or worse. He did it all, except the journey to Alaska, which was the only state neither him nor his father made it to.

Some liked him and some did not, but above all else he was my dad and I will miss him.

At Mr. Harris's request there will be no services held.

Condolences may be emailed to

Edwards Memorial Funeral Home and Cremation Services in University Place is in charge of arrangements.


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