Obituaries: Harris, Raymond Lee "Shorty"; Leathers, June
Harris, Raymond Lee “Shorty”
Raymond Harris was born on Dec.18, 1917 in Stotesbury, Mo, and died on Jan.12, 2003 at his Citrus Heights home, Mr. Harris led a long and varied life.
He was a cowboy, farmer, miner, mechanic, builder, pilot, inventor, and gunsmith. He built and drove racecars. He was snow director during the 1960 Olympics in Squaw Valley. His construction company cleared the land and built many of the first homes and roads at Donner Lake.
Harris Construction also built many of the interchanges along Interstate 80 and was prominent in the construction of Graeagle and Donner state parks. He was instrumental in organizing and served several years as honorary fire chief of the Truckee volunteer fire department. He helped organize and was a member of the Truckee Optimist club and the first district president of the little league. He as very active in the Truckee Outdoor Sportsman’s club and was a northern California senior champion trap shooter.
After moving to Sacramento in 1983, Mr. Harris continued to be active in remodeling, plumbing, and gunsmithing trades. He finally retired at the age of 81 due to health problems. Mr. Harris is survived by his wife, Sally, sister Wilma Benware of Victorville, Calif., son Greg Harris, and previous wife Lois Lee Harris. He also left behind many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, stepchildren, nieces, and nephews and beloved friends.
Friends and family are invited to celebrate Shorty’s life at a memorial service on Feb. 1 at Hillcrest Church at 1 p.m. Hillcrest Church is located at 911 Hillcrest in Roseville.
June Leathers passed away into the hands of her loving God on Jan. 1, 2003 in Palm Springs, Calif.
June was 82 at the time of her passing. She was born in Kentfield, Calif. and lived in Novato, Calif. for 25 years before retiring to Donner Lake in 1977.
June is survived by her son Brad of Palm Springs, daughter Jill Egbert of Sacramento and grandson Adam Egbert of Sacramento.
Her husband Gordon of 49 years preceded her into the afterlife a year and a half ago. June had been ill of late and fought a courageous battle to overcome all her ailments and disabilities. She was a loving, gentle, sweet, giving soul who will be missed by all. Her ashes will be scattered in her favorite garden at her home in Donner Lake at a later date.
Please send a donation to your favorite charity in lieu of flowers.
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