Russell Lamont Harris died Aug. 6, 2015, at the age of 93.
Mr. Harris was born on the family farm outside of Loomis, Neb., on Nov. 13, 1921, to Victor and Selma (Jacobson) Harris. He was valedictorian of Loomis High School in 1939. He attended Grand Island Business College the next year.
He briefly worked at the First National Bank in Holdrege, Neb., then enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was based in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, from 1942 to 1945.
Near the end of the war, he decided to attend the officer training program at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.
He married Elaine Matejka on June 23, 1945, and following the end of the war, he was honorably discharged. He and Elaine stayed in Buston until Russell graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1946.
They moved back to Holdrege, Neb., where Russell resumed his position at First National Bank of Holdrege. He worked his way up through the ranks until he was appointed executive vice president and head of the loan department. He was an active member of the Holdrege community and was involved in church activities during and after retirement. He retired in 1986.
In his retirement, Russell and his wife enjoyed their winter residence in Sun Lakes, Ariz. In 1995, they moved to Cedaredge to be near their daughter Cindy. After the death of his wife in 2006, Mr. Harris lived with his daughter and her family until 2013.
He is survived by his children, Suzanne (Russell) Stratton of Holdrege, Neb., Cynthia (Scott) Sullivan of Cedaredge and Philip (Mary) Harris of Lincoln, Neb.; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Elaine; his brother, Kenneth Harris; and a granddaughter, Patricia Harris.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at Trinity Evangelical Free Church in Holdrege, Neb. Grandsons Tim Stratton and Jacob Sullivan will officiate.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the memory unit at Horizons Care Center, 11411 Highway 65, Eckert, CO 81418.
Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory is handling the arrangements.
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