Maj. Gen. David Lee Harris (Ret), 62

Maj. Gen. David Lee Harris (Ret), 62, of LaFontaine, died at  6:09 p.m., Wednesday, Aug.  2, 2017, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.

He was born March  2, 1955 in Wabash County, Indiana to James A. Harris and Marilyn (Crandall) Harris Prickett.

David was a 1973 graduate of Southwood High School. He received his Bachelor of Science from Oakland City University in Oakland City, in 1996, and his Master of Science in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College in 2002.

He married Vicki Wallace at the Wabash Christian Church on May 25, 1974. He retired from General Tire in March of 1987. He also retired from Chrysler Corporation in Kokomo where he worked from 1986 to 2016. He was a member of the Wabash Christian Church, a life-member of the American Legion Post 15 and the VFW Post 286, both of Wabash, the Military Officer's Association of America, the National Infantry Association, the National Guard Association of Indiana, and the National Guard Association of The United States.

David enlisted into the Indiana Army National Guard on Oct. 5, 1975, and began his military officer career as a 2nd Lieutenant in May of 1979. His first command assignment was as the Commander of CSC in Huntington. He was the last Brigadier General Commander of the 76th IBCT. His deployments included Afghanistan as the Deputy Commander of Task Force Phoenix from 2004-2005, Chief of Staff of NATO Forces in Kosovo from 2009-2010, and finally at The Pentagon for the National Guard Bureau as J3-J7 from 2010-2012. 

He is survived by his wife, Vicki Harris of LaFontaine, his mother, Marilyn Harris Prickett of Leesburg; his two children, Tracy (Derek) Furnas of Fishers, and Nicholas (Teresa) Harris of Wabash; nine grandchildren, Hailey Furnas, Gradyn Furnas, Victoria Furnas, and Vivianne Furnas, all of Fishers, and Sheldon Jones, Lacie Jones, Chaz Harris, Samuel Harris, and John David Harris, all of Wabash; and his two brothers Dan Harris of Wabash, and Doug Harris of Warsaw.

He was preceded in death by father, James A. Harris, and step-father, Richard Prickett.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, the First United Methodist Church, 110 N. Cass Street, Wabash. Burial will be in Falls Cemetery, Wabash. Friends may call Friday, August 11, 2017, 2 - 5 p.m. and 6 - 8 p.m. at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave., Wabash, and Saturday, 12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. at the church.

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Posted on 2017 Aug 08