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Services Saturday for Clayton Harris

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Clayton R. Harris, age 77 of Valparaiso, Ind., passed away on April 15, 2014.

He was born on December 29, 1936, in Kokomo, Ind., to William and Monna (Cowell) Harris.

Clayton is survived by his beloved wife Donna (Ballenger) Harris of Valparaiso; children Kimberly Harris of Valparaiso, Julie (Wayne) Withington of Florida, Carl Prott of Portage, and Richard Prott of Portage, Terri (Matt) Johnson of Portage, and Shady “Harris” Solomin; siblings Janice and Louie Pinkerton of Chesterton, Karen Schultz of LaPorte, Joellen and Kenneth Batruff of Arkansas, Billy and Judy Harris of Hobart, Norita and Robert Gosvenor of Burns Harbor, Chancy and Joni Harris of Portage, Kathy and Mike Lucus of Chesterton, Jeff and Lori Harris of Chesterton, Lisa and Michael DeGarmo of Westville; nine grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and beloved dogs, Samantha and Sarah.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Glenda Martin, infant brother and sister, Delores and Kenneth and beloved dog Shorty.

Clayton was a United States Army Veteran and retired from J & L Steel with 30 years of service. Upon retirement he started his own business, Global Equipment Repair, and was a member of Operating Engineers Local 150. He was a NASCAR fan and loved to travel. Clayton enjoyed going on cruises with his wife and loved to ride his motorcycle. He was an all-around nice guy who never knew a stranger. He would do what he could to help anyone in need.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 19, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at Edmonds and Evans Funeral Home, 6941 Central Ave., Portage, Ind., with Brother Ronnie Cox officiating.

Visitation will be held on Friday, April 18, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Funeral Home. Cremation services provided by Heritage Crematory, Portage, Ind.

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Posted 4/17/2014