June 24, 1931 - May 23, 2015
Friday, May 29, 2015 10:30 AM Vernon Funeral Home
Thursday, May 28, 2015 from 4:00 PM-7:00 PM at Vernon Funeral Home
Richard L. Harless, 83, of Greenville, passed away Saturday, May 23, 2015 in Sterling House of Greenville. He was born June 24, 1931 in Greenville, Ohio, the son of the late John & Treva (Hamilton) Harless.
Richard was a graduate of Greenville High School. After many years, he retired from both Champaign National Bank and Citizens National Bank. He was a member of the Greenville Methodist Church. Richard was a member of the Harmony Lodge #8 F. & A.M., Urbana Council, Raper Cammandry, the Antioch Shrine and was a 33rd degree mason. He served as the Most Illustrious Grand Master for the Grand Lodge of the State of Ohio in 1980 and served as a member on the board of directors for the Ohio Masonic Home, Springfield and the Browning Masonic Community, Waterville, Ohio. Richard was also a member of the Urbana Rotary Club and served on the Urbana City Council.
He is survived by his sons, Mark (Jayne) Harless of Maineville, Ohio, Brent (Joyce) Harless of Lake Zurich, Illinois, and Scott (Kim) Harless of Dublin, Ohio; his grandchildren, Kailey, Matthew, & Chris Harless and Carly Camilleri; his brother, Jack (Carol) Harless of Greenville, Ohio; and his brother-in-law, Harold Stauffer.
He is preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Vivian Elaine (Eubank) Harless and second wife, Bettie (Dowler) Harless; and his sister, Bettie Stauffer.
A gathering of family and friends will be held from 4:00-7:00 PM on Thursday, May 28, 2015 in VERNON FUNERAL HOME, Urbana. Masonic services will follow at 7:00 PM. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM on Friday, May 29, 2015 in the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 3229 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45229 or to the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America
National Headquarters, 706 Haddonfield Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002 . Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vernonfh.com.
Dear Mark, Brent and Scott, We are so saddened by Dick’s passing. We have been such great friends for sooo many years. And such good times we had, vacationing at Starpoint and later on a houseboat on Lake Cumberland. Wonderful memories! Dick and Viv’s support when Jim died. I count my blessings that I had such good friends to help me and Deb. I’m sorry we cannot be there on Friday, but our thoughts and prayers will be with you. I do hope you will send me your e-mail addresses so we can keep in touch. Our love to all of you and brother Jack, too.
What wonderful memories we all have of your Dad. Each year when I came to Ohio from TN to visit him, he would talk about each of the boys (and how proud he was of you) and the grandkids and then we would laugh (and cry a little) over stories about going to Dale Hollow, Lake Cumberland and all our wonderful weekends together. I hope you can hold hold these and many other memories close to help you through this most difficult time. It wasn’t until years later after my husband died that I understood why Mom brought me up to spend so many weekends at your house in Urbana – it was her way of escaping and as always Dick and Viv opened their home to us. Years later they stood up for Mom and Don when they got married at your Methodist Church in Urbana. I hope these and many more memories will help you through this difficult time. Love and Deepest Sympathy, Deb
(PS, send me your emails so we can stay in touch Miller1219@aol.com)
Scott I’m sorry to hear the loss of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
My prayers, along with those of the church, are with your family in this time of sorrow. It was a privilege to know Richard and minister to him in the past two years.
May the peace of Christ be yours,
Pastor Angela Meeks
Greenville First UMC
Richard was a close friend in our Grand Council group. He was my mentor on several occasions and we always respected his opinion. He had a great sense of humor and quick whit, we always had a good time when together and we will miss him greatly. Ron and Deb Pool.