Donald "Don" Harris


April 4, 1935 - July 30, 2020


Donald “Don” Harris, 85, of Mitchell, SD, died Thursday, July 30, 2020 at Firesteel Healthcare Center in Mitchell. A private, family funeral service will be held. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery in Mitchell. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Donald Fred Harris was born on April 4, 1935 in Hanson County to “Fritz” and Maude (Zehlke) Harris. Don attended Plano School all 12 years.

Don and Norma met while roller skating at age 13. They later married on February 19, 1955. Don and Norma always lived in or close to Mitchell.

Don was the bowling machine mechanic for Mitchell and small area towns. Later, he owned his own lawn service for 18 years.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Norma (Ruhberg) Harris; sons, Don Jr. and Jeff Harris; daughter, Judy Armstrong; grandchildren, Troy Walz, Travis Walz, Jessica Basol, Noelle Murphy, Macie Harris, Nicholas Harris, and Lyndsi Heiserman; 9 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren; and brother, Mike Harris.

Don is preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Helen Whitney, Betty Bartscher, and Jeanette Sargeant; daughter-in-law, Margorie Harris; brothers-in-law, Bob Sargeant, Don Bartscher; and sister-in-law, Sherice Harris.


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Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, SD

Posted by Paula Marken on August 18, 2020
Norma, so sorry to hear about Don. He was always so nice to talk to when we would run into you and Don. We are sending our prayers and sympathy to you and your family.
Posted by Shirlee 'Sargent' Burmeister on August 15, 2020
So sorry for your loss, Blessing to you and family!
Posted by Roger Collins on August 13, 2020
So sorry to hear of Dan’s passing. My condolences to the entire family.
Posted by Charlie & Wanda Kobes on August 12, 2020
Norma & Family you all are in our thoughts and prayers ! Don will be missed by everyone that was blessed to know him !!!
Posted by Kathy (Hohn) Bruske on August 10, 2020
Norma an family Dennis and i have you in our prayers and thoughts, so sorry to hear of Don,s passing
Posted by Mike and Jane Goldammer on August 9, 2020
Our deepest sympathy to all of Don’s family. We always enjoyed visiting with him at Rita’s. We will keep you all in our prayers.
Posted by Kyle Baas on August 9, 2020
You will be missed. My deepest condolences to your family.
Posted by annettekost on August 9, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss.
Posted by Debra Hohn on August 5, 2020
My sympathies to Dons family.
He was my number one maintenance man at Syncom
Posted by Hollie Karber on August 4, 2020
Norma and family, I am so sorry for your loss! My little grandson loved him and will miss him when we walk past in the stroller
Posted by Mary Ann Osen on August 4, 2020
Norma and family, I am so sorry to hear of Don't passing.
Always enjoyed my visits with you both at Fanny Horners.
And getting to know you when Arlis worked with Don at Syncom.
Posted by Michelle Van Maanen on August 3, 2020
Don, Karen & Family, I was so very sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad and Grandpa. Sending light and love to you all in this difficult time.
Posted by Tom & Deb Koch on August 3, 2020
Our deepest sympathy to Norma & family. We have so many fond memories of riding motorcycles headed to Sturgis with Don & Norma. Our deepest sympathy to you all.
Posted by Elwin & Rosalie Hohn on August 3, 2020
Our deepest sympathy to the Harris families, may God give you all strength through this difficult time.
Posted by Lisa French on August 2, 2020
Norma and family-So sorry to hear of Dons passing. He was a kind soul. I don’t even know how many years I served you and Don at the different restaurants. He will be missed! Prayers to you and your family
Posted by Wes and Sherry Pierson on August 2, 2020
Known Don ever since grade school with Don Jr. He will be missed. Our sympathies to the family.
Posted by Roger & Judi Bartscher on August 1, 2020
Norma, Jeff, Stacy & family.... Don's love for family & nature was evident in all his photos! Lots of memories for you to cherish.
Our prayers & sympathy Love & prayers Judi & Roger
Posted by Shirley Adams on August 1, 2020
I am heartbroken. He was my friend from childhood and we shared the same April 4, 1935 birthdays...
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