Richard H. Harris

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Richard Harris, 86, of Hopkinton, died Monday, July 3, 2023, at Regional Medical Center in Manchester.


A celebration of life was held on July 8, at the Hopkinton Community Church. Funeral services followed with pastors Cheryl Gates, Jan Lamont and Kathy Pounds officiating. Burial, on a later date, will be in the Hopkinton Cemetery. Please visit to share your thoughts, memories and condolences with Richard’s family.


Richard Henry Harris was born on May 24, 1937, in Prairie du Chien, Wis., the son of Louis and Florence (Henry) Harris. He grew up in Giard and would later graduate from MarMac High School in the class of 1955. Following high school, he worked at various companies including Collins Radio, the Chicago Northwestern railroad, REM Electric, Dircks LP Gas and as an electrician in the Maquoketa area.


On May 25, 1957, he married Leola Kay Dietz, and the couple briefly moved to Chicago, where Richard was attending Coyne Electrical College. After graduation, the couple returned to Elwood for a time before eventually settling in Hopkinton in 1961. In 1966, along with his wife, he opened Harris Electric, which he operated, with the help of Kay, until his passing.


As a young man he enjoyed hunting, fishing and trapping. He played the trumpet in high school and would later continue to do so in a band in Cedar Rapids. He served on the board of directors of the Hopkinton Municipal Utilities for 18 years and had a lifelong commitment to the church. He also served as a volunteer fireman for the Hopkinton Fire Department. He will be remembered as a good example of what a person should be—honest, hard-working and loyal with an unmatched work ethic. He taught and mentored many employees and family members in how to live their personal and professional lives in that same way. He dearly loved to spend time with his family and friends.


He is remembered by his wife of 66 years Kay; his children Mark (Kathy) of Earlville, Mary (Karl) Wendt of Hopkinton and David (Roberta) of Westcliffe, Colo.; grandchildren Jacob, Beth, Amanda, Abbie, Sheena, Aaron, Colin and Gage; 10 great-grandchildren; and brothers Robert of Prairie du Chien and Ronald of Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.


He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister-in-law and brother-in-law Jackie and Kenny Fischer and sisters-in-law Sharon Harris and Peggy Harris.


In memory of Richard, memorial donations can be made to Hopkinton Community Church or Hopkinton Ambulance Service Organization, P.O. Box 268, Hopkinton, IA 52237.

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