James Burroughs Harle, M.D.

December 1, 1924July 30, 2018
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James B. Harle, affectionately known as “Doc” by his friends, family and patients, passed away Monday July 30, 2018 at his home in Brighton Gardens Assisted Living in Prairie Village, Kansas. He was surrounded by his daughter, Sally, and her husband, Brett Haugland, along with many of the caring staff of Brighton Gardens who considered him a friend.

Doc is survived by his three children - James and his wife Paula, from Des Moines, Iowa; John and his partner Jerry, from Bellville, Texas; and Sally and her husband Brett, from Leawood, Kansas; and his four grandchildren, Sara Harle Corujo, Morgan Harle, Sam Haugland, and Mackenzie Haugland, and his great grandson, Luciano Corujo.

Doc was born on December 1, 1924, along with his twin brother Wiley, at Mary Gates Memorial Hospital in Port Arthur, Texas. He graduated High School in 1943. He attended the University of Texas at Austin as a pre-med student and graduated with a medical degree from the University of Texas at Galveston in 1949. He served in the Korean War as a battalion surgeon where he was awarded a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star. In 1953 he pursued a medical career in Bellville, Texas with his college roommate Winston Neely where he began his practice as a doctor and surgeon.

Doc enjoyed college football, and was an avid Longhorn fan. He also enjoyed golf, bird hunting, horses and being in the cattle business. He was an active member of the community until his retirement. He was loved by many for his generosity and community awareness.

Doc spent his final years in Prairie Village, Kansas where, because of health reasons, he could be near his daughter Sally and her family.


  • Visitation Sunday, August 12, 2018
  • Graveside Service Monday, August 13, 2018

James Burroughs Harle, M.D.

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Barbara Castille

August 20, 2018

My Mother, Rita Castille Gorzycki, was a personal friend of Dr. Harle and spoke highly of him in her memories of when we lived in Bellville. My condolence to his family. RIP Dr. Harle.

Janice Hugo Wied

August 16, 2018

Doc was an amazing man, and a wonderful doctor. After we moved to Bellville in 1954, he became our family doctor. The very next year, I became a surgical patient-he removed my tonsils-I'll never forget him coming into the room to let me know I could have all the ice cream I wanted. I let him know that I only ate chocolate-he left-when he came back, he apologized for only having vanilla, but he had topped it with chocolate syrup! He made numerous house calls to our family, never complaining, and I know we surely interrupted his family dinner more than once! We were all blessed to know him. Sally, your dad was the best doctor we could have ever asked for. You and all the family are in our prayers. God bless you.


August 16, 2018

Condolences to family and friends. RIP Doc!

Doll Hoppe

August 16, 2018

My thoughts and prayers for the family during this difficult time. Doc will always be remembered, such a great Doctor. He made a many of house calls to our home at all hours. God Bless.

Gloria Witte

August 16, 2018

Dr Harle was an extraordinary Doc. My husband came by one day to see me & Doc noticed he was limping & asked why. He told him, Come over to my office & let me look at it, damn hospitals are too high. Lol. Not ever having met him before, he did look at it & treated it & told him, if it starts throbbing during the night you call me & I’ll meet you at the office. this is the wonderful kind of a Dr he was. R.I.P. 🌹

Tommy Dittmar

August 15, 2018

So sorry to hear the passing of Doc. He made many house calls. Praying for the family. RIP.

Abby Sandlin

August 12, 2018

May you rest in peace Dr Harle, condolences to his children and their families. This brings back memories of my childhood and Dr Harle coming to the house for house calls.

Cindy Pilcik

August 12, 2018

What a blessing Dr. Harle was to Bellville, Tx.