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Roy Dale Harris

Roy Dale Harris, 83, of Greenwood, passed away Wednesday, July 3, 2013, at the Franklin United Methodist Community.

He was born Jan. 4, 1930, in Columbus, to Roy and Ollie (Kirts) Harris.

He married Marjorie A. (Williams) Harris on Aug. 12, 1951, at East 10th Street United Methodist Church in Indianapolis; she survives. They were married for 61 years.

He was a 1947 graduate of Arsenal Technical High School in Indianapolis and attended Butler University.

He retired from Eli Lilly and Co. in Indianapolis as a senior lab technician in toxicology in 1993, having 41 years of service with the company.

He was a former Boy Scout leader of Troop 245 in Greenwood. He also had been a coach in the Center Grove Little League. He was a 50-year member of Greenwood Masonic Lodge No. 514, where he had served as past master. He was a member of the Indianapolis Valley of the Scottish Rite and of the Murat Shrine Temple in Indianapolis, where he was past president of the Masters Club. He was a member of the Shrine Transportation Club, where he was part of 400 trips transporting children to Shriners children’s hospitals in Cincinnati, Chicago and Lexington, Ky. He received the Man of the Year Award in 2000 from the Murat Shrine Transportation Club.

He was a longtime and faithful member of Mount Auburn United Methodist Church in Stones Crossing, Greenwood.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Survivors include his wife, Marjorie A. (Williams) Harris of Greenwood; four sons, Michael D. (Audrey) Harris of Greenwood, Gary C. (Mary) Harris of Morristown, Matthew R. Harris of Kalamazoo, Mich., and Terry L. (Joanna) Harris of Sanford, Fla.; seven grandchildren, Charles Heath Harris and Cody Alan Harris, both of Morristown, Christian Roy Harris and Zada Helaine Harris, both of Kalamazoo, Mich., Kimberly Michele (Brandon) Lesher of Louisville, Ky., and Lisa Nicole (Andy) Bauermeister and Ashley Lynn (Brian Eckert) Harris, both of Greenwood; and seven great-grandchildren, Dalton Lesher, Emma Lesher, Mackenzie Eckert, Aemelia Eckert, Garrett Bauermeister, Kate Bauermeister and Nora Bauermeister.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, James A. Harris and Richard F. Harris; two sisters, Margaret L. Smith and Martha Jane Harris; and three infant brothers.

The Revs. J. Wesley Hertel and Ben Greenbaum will conduct a service at noon on Monday at Mount Auburn United Methodist Church, 3100 W. Stones Crossing Road, Greenwood. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Swartz Family Community Mortuary and Memorial Center, 300 S. Morton St. (U.S. 31 South) in Franklin, and from 10 a.m. until service time Monday at the church. A Masonic service will be conducted at 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Greenwood.

The family request memorial contributions be made to the Mount Auburn United Methodist Church Building Fund, 3100 W. Stones Crossing Road, Greenwood, IN 46143; or the Murat Shrine Temple Transportation Fund, 510 N. New Jersey St., Indianapolis, IN 46204.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.swartzmorutary.com.

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