OBITUARY: Jerry Duane ‘Papa’ Harris

Jerry Duane “Papa” Harris, 72, passed away peacefully Feb. 19, 2021, at the family home in Newton.

Jerry was born Feb. 6, 1949, at Wesley Medical Center to Mary and Leonard Harris. Jerry grew up around the Wichita area and enlisted in the military at the age of 17. He served his country with two tours in Vietnam.

He married and loved Dora Buzzard for over 45 years. They had two beautiful children, Paul and Tonya, and were graced with six wonderful grandchildren and one sweet great-grandchild.

Jerry loved to read, watch sports, especially the CHIEFS, talk to family and friends, watch movies, travel, and pass the word of God.

He is survived by his son Paul, of Colorado with grandchildren, Brandon, Kelcie, Mason, Wyatt and Ethan; and daughter, Tonya in Kansas with grandchild, Shelby. He also is survived by his siblings, Winona, Albert, Barbara, Betty, Nita, Donald and Mary Maxine. He will be greatly missed for treats and love by Princess LuLu and King Thor.

He was predeceased by his parents, siblings, wife and great-grandchild, Scarlett.

A small viewing has already taken place in Wichita with close family and friends. His remains will be cremated, as requested, to be spread at an appropriate time with his love, Dora Harris. Flowers, plants, donations, and condolences may be offered at 232 Victoria Rd Newton, KS, 67114. He donated his time and money to any cause he felt was of importance. His time was donated to homeless shelters, churches and cancer societies.

“Come with Me”

God saw you getting tired. A cure was not to be. So he put his arms around you and whispered, “Come with Me.”

With tearful eyes we watched you and saw you fade away. Although we loved you dearly, we could not make you stay.

A golden heart stopped beating. Your tender hands at rest. God took you home to prove to us he only takes the best.


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