Marshall Evan Harris, 94, Elk River, entered the Kingdom of Heaven on March 14, 2020. Marshall passed away in Lewisville, Texas, where he had been living near his daughters since 2015.
Marshall was born June 3, 1925, to Robert P. Harris and Velma (Marsh) Harris on the second floor of the Harris family homestead on their family’s farm in Cambria, Minn. Marshall grew up in a Welsh farming community and lived the first years of his life in Blue Earth County. He attended Horeb Primary School, a one-room schoolhouse, throughout his elementary years and often rode his pony, Lightfoot, to school.
As logging became an important part of Minnesota’s economy, Marshall’s family sold their farm and moved to north to Floodwood where his father opened a hardware store. Marshall developed a strong work ethic, along with the art of storytelling and enjoyed capturing his life experiences with the written word. He lived out his strong sense of community all his life.
Marshall graduated from New Ulm High School in 1942, ahead of schedule, in order to join the United States Marine Corp to fight for freedom in WWII. He fought with the 2nd Armored Amphibian Battalion in the battles of Saipan, Tinian and Iwo Jima in the Pacific Theatre, and served until his honorable discharge in 1945.
After his service, Marshall attended Duluth Business College and began his successful career as a sales, engineering and business development leader. Marshall’s true love was his immediate and extended family, including his beloved aunt and uncle, Lewis and Rae (Dixie) Harris of Cable, Wis. and many cousins he was close to as he was raised. During this time in life, he earned his private pilot’s license and enjoyed many adventures traveling with his family as he raised his children.
Marshall loved his country and was a true patriot. Attending and serving in his local church was important to him. He was a generous, thoughtful man and gave to many charitable organizations to help those in need. After retirement, he tirelessly kept the honorable memory of his comrades in arms alive as he spoke to many schools and civic organizations about his experiences defending our freedoms as a U.S. Marine. We have been blessed by Marshall’s life here on earth. He will be dearly missed by many as he rests in the shadow of his creator’s wings, Psalm 91.
Marshall is survived by his sister, Charlotte (Harris) Wright and her husband Sherman Wright, San Luis Obispo, Calif.; his daughter, Cheryl (Harris) White and her husband Duke White, Denton, Texas; his daughter, Charlotte (Harris) O’Brien and her husband Paul O’Brien, Lewisville, Texas; his son, Robert Harris, Rancho Cordova, Calif.; and his six grandchildren: Jennifer (Harris) Burmistrz, Kathleen Harris, Courtney White, Caleb White, Ian O’Brien, and Kellan O’Brien.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Velma (Marsh) Harris; his brother, Virgil Harris; his first wife, Harriet (Thompson) Harris; and his second wife, Peggy (Saarela) Harris.
Funeral services for Marshall will take place at the Dallas-Fort Worth National cemetery at 11 a.m., March 24, 2020, with full military honors in the presence of his loving family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in Marshall’s name to the Semper Fi Fund, dedicated to providing financial assistance and lifetime support to combat wounded of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families.
Please sign the online register to send condolences to the family at www.mulkeymasonlewisville.com.