Leonard E. Harris, 89, of Nebraska City died Aug. 27, 2013 at the Eastern Nebraska Veterans Home in Bellevue. He was born on Dec. 26, 1923 in Nebraska City to Louis and Anna (Sand) Harris. He attended school in Nebraska City and graduated from St. Bernard’s Academy in 1941.
Leonard served in the U.S. Army as a staff sergeant stationed in Europe from 1944 until he was discharged in 1946. Upon returning home, he farmed with his family in the Julian area and then opened a bowling alley in Nebraska City with his brother and father. He established W & H Manufacturers in 1951 with his cousin Bob Wirth and became sole owner in 1955 until his retirement in 1991.
Leonard married Lois Hartley on Nov. 29, 1951 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Nebraska City.
Leonard was active in his parish at St. Mary’s where he served on the Parish Council. He was also committed to Catholic education and was the first school board president at Lourdes Central Catholic School. He was involved in many fundraisers to benefit the school, and his leadership was instrumental in various updates and construction projects.
Leonard enjoyed Husker Football, working crossword puzzles, homemade ice cream and visiting with his grandchildren.
He was preceded by brother Allan, sister Eileen, brother-in-law Denver Haase and nephew Gary Haase.
He is survived by wife Lois Harris of Nebraska City; daughter Dr. Catherine Harris of Paradise, Mich.; son Tom Harris and wife Shelli of Omaha and their children Brian and Caitlin; daughter Julie Elvers and husband Craig of Elkhorn and their children Curtis, Carolyn and husband Carlos; son Bill Harris and wife Noreen of Nebraska City and their children Matt, Christine and Jeff; other family and many friends.
A Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, Sept. 3, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Nebraska City with Fr. Michael McCabe officiating. A luncheon will be held following.
A rosary will be recited Monday at 7 p.m. at the Gude Mortuary in Nebraska City followed by the family receiving friends.
Memorials may be given to the Eastern Nebraska Veterans Home, the Alzheimer’s Association, Southeast Nebraska Right to Life, or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Condolences may be left at www.gudefuneralhomes.com.
Gude Mortuary in charge of the funeral arrangements.