Jane Harris, 88

Jane Ellen Harris, 88, of The Villages passed away quietly in her sleep Dec. 16, 2016, after a six year losing battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Her final six months, she was lovingly cared for at Mission Oaks Memory Care Center.

She was born in Indianapolis on March 26, 1928. She was graduated from Pike Township High School and attended both Butler University and Indiana University-Bloomington.

She met her husband, Dr. Richard C. Harris, briefly in high school and later, when he was in the U.S. Navy, they fell in love and were married Aug. 14, 1949, in Sweeny Chapel at Butler University in Indianapolis. Jane worked at BB & I Trucking Company as a billing clerk during Richard’s freshman year in dental school in Bloomington and later at Metro Goldwyn Mayer in the Indianapolis branch as a bookkeeper.

She also worked as Richard’s bookkeeper for several years during his 37 1/2  years of practicing dentistry in Wabash. They continued to live in Wabash after his semi-retirement until 1992. Jane and Richard visited The Villages for the first time in 1992 and became snowbirds, dividing their time between Lake Wawasee in northern Indiana and The Villages. In February 1997, they moved to The Villages and purchased a villa on Hacienda Golf Course where Richard continues to reside.

Jane was an avid golfer having won the Wabash Country Club ladies’ championship three times along with numerous other tournaments. She played a pretty good game of tennis and loved card games of all kinds. She played duplicate bridge regularly with a bridge club in Wabash and was a member and past president of Tri Kappa sorority. Jane was also an ardent volunteer.

She taught children’s Sunday school at Wabash United Methodist Church, delivered Meals on Wheels in Wabash and volunteered her time at both the Wabash County Hospital and the Villages Regional Hospital.

Richard and Jane also made several missionary trips to Honduras and Belize to provide dental services.

Along with her husband, Richard, Jane is survived by her four children, Rick, Kathlyn, Amy and Jill, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren whom she dearly loved. She was preceded in death by her parents, Herman and Dorothy Kortepeter and one younger brother, Bill Kortepeter. Her other younger brother, Don Korte, survives. She will be dearly missed by her family and all who knew her. 

Memorable contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s funds of any kind. Services are pending.



Posted on 2016 Dec 21