Frederick William Harris Jr.
February 19, 1933 – February 11, 2021
On Thursday, February 11, 2021 Fredrick W. Harris Jr, loving husband and father passed away at the age of 87.
Fred was born on February 19, 1933 in Reno, NV to Fredrick and Thelma Harris. He Graduated from Reno High School,1950 and enlisted in the Navy shortly after. A veteran of the Korean War, he served in United States Navy from 1950-1953 as a Aircraft Mechanics Specialist stationed in San Diego and Guam. He married his high school sweetheart Jean in 1951 and died just a few weeks shy of their 70th anniversary.
Fred retired from CalTrans in1995 as a heavy equipment operator/ heavy equipment mechanic. In retirement he moved with his wife to Rubicon Bay and built their dream home overlooking Lake Tahoe where they spent many wonderful years sailing together. Fred had a passion for wood working, hunting, fishing, camping and all things outdoors. A Christian man, he was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Known for his willingness to always help, he was kind and compassionate, quick witted and the twinkle in his eyes always made you smile.
Fred was preceded in death by his father, Fred, and his mother, Thelma. He is survived by his wife Jean, his two children, Ed and Marchele, his five grand children, and 11 great grand children.
Graveside Service to be held at Lone Mountain Cemetery, 1044 Beverly Dr, Carson City, NV 89706. March 19th, 2021, 1:00pm - 2:00pm. Military Honors 1:00pm. Due to Covid-19 we will be foregoing a reception after the service. We thank you for sharing your memories, support and love. Your kindness is deeply appreciated and will always be remembered.
The family has requested that remembrances be made in the form of contributions to Renown Children's Hospital Reno, NV. .
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Fred W Harris Jr. was born to Fred Harris Sr. and Thelma May Harris on Feb. 19th 1933 in the
World’s Biggest Little City of Reno.
As he grew through his childhood, he discovered his passions of fishing, hunting, horseback riding, and snow skiing. As he entered Reno Highschool he found his gifts and talents to be all forms of industrial Arts. His claim to fame was a dog house he built so large it required disassembling the wood shop door and some of the wall, to enable moving it out of the shop. In his senior year at a high school dance, he met his soon to be wife, and love of his life Barbra Jean Doane.
After being commissioned from the US Naval Boot Camp to full active service, on March 31st. 1951 Fred and Jean married and moved to San Diego CA. where he served out his Naval Duties and his deployment to the US Naval Air Base in Guam. His profession as an Aircraft Mechanics Specialist led him to work at San Diego Flight Town, then Edwards, and MacLellan Air Bases.
Fred and Jean soon moved to Sacramento, Ca. Where they parented 2 children Ed, born May 1,1955, and Marchele born June 21,1957. It was at this time Fred found employment with the Aerospace industry giant, Aerojet, from 1958 to 1965. He was instrumental in the building, and design of all stages of the jet propulsion rocket systems used on the Apollo spacecraft. In 1969 that same spacecraft landed on the moon.
Fred and family moved to Sierra Foothills in the mid. 60’s. In 1969 to 1970 Fred went to work for Cal Trans as heavy equipment operator/ heavy equipment mechanic. Fred and Jean chose to raise their family in the mountains as we enjoyed a lifestyle of all outdoor sports and activities. From Sailing on Tahoe to Snow Skiing, they did it all. Fred retired from CalTrans in 1995, and built their Dream Home in Rubicon Bay, Lake Tahoe
Fred and Jean’s retirement life was filled with, square dancing, RVing across the country, enjoyed numerous cruises, made jewelry and very special birdhouses that they sold at craft shows. They were active in many churches and were youth group leaders to many of God’s Children. The people they knew, helped, and blessed by their companionship along the way are too numerous to count.
On February 11th,2021. Just 8 days out of Fred’s 88 Birthday, Fred went home to be with his Project Lead, Lord and Savior, Jesus.
Fred is survived by 2 children, and their spouses. By 11 Grandchildren, and 5 Great Grandchildren
He is, and always will be greatly missed by all who ever crossed his path and knew him.
With Love Dad, till we meet again.
List of family members
FIRST AND ONLY WIFE OF 69 YEARS
Barbra Jean Harris
Ed & Suzette Harris,
Marchele & Steve Clement
Ryan McDonald, Kristin & Ryle Inman,
Jen & John Jansen, Ashley May Vingle
Steve & Jennifer Clement
Chad & Shawna Martin, Chris Martin
Lily Inman, Bryson Clement, Noah Clement
Clair Martin, Chole Martin