Carroll Richard Harris

December 06, 1929 ‒ January 08, 2021

Marengo, Ohio

Carroll R. Harris, age 91, of Marengo, passed away peacefully on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born on Dec. 6, 1929, in Bloomfield Twp., to Hoy and Zana (Mitchell) Harris, both of whom preceded him in death.

Carroll will be remembered best by his family and friends as a successful farmer, a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather- an all-together family man, a great friend who was always willing to help, and of course, by his sense of humor. His contagious and recognizable laugh will be remembered by all who knew him.

A 1948 graduate of Sparta High School, Carroll was dedicated to the Sparta community. He was a school bus driver for his alma mater, a South Bloomfield Township Trustee and a member of the Sparta United Methodist Church. One of his proudest achievements was serving in the United States Army. Upon his return home from the Army, Carroll began working alongside his father on the family farm and his passion for farming grew. He took full ownership of the land in 1957, and dedicated his life to his farm that he called “Harris Haven”. In 1969, he was even recognized for the success of his hog business by Purina Products.

Carroll married his true love in 1957 and for 63 years, Carroll and Donna built an incredible life together with amazing memories shared by family and friends. They enjoyed hosting parties on the farm, including an annual New Year’s Eve party that everyone in the area wanted to be invited to. One Halloween party, Carroll dressed up as a cheerleader. He was always the life of the party!

But Carroll had a work ethic that was second to none and it was evident throughout his life. He expanded the farm investing in more land and livestock. He built his house with his own hands and with the help of his brothers and neighbors. He was selfless and always had time to help his neighbors, friends, and family.

Carroll and Donna grew their family and created memories to last a lifetime. They traveled to Las Vegas with friends and to Ohio State Football Bowl games to cheer on their beloved Buckeyes. Hosted large family reunions and 4th of July pool parties. Enjoyed family vacations, including a trip to Gatlinburg, Tennessee, with their grandchildren.

Once retired, they enjoyed traveling to their Florida home in Zellwood Station every winter. Carroll enjoyed golfing, playing cards and shuffleboard with new friends.

However, he was always the happiest in Ohio on the farm. If you came to the farm looking for Carroll, you always stopped by the “shop” first to check if he was there. Usually there was a crowd of trucks and a group inside discussing importing topics – deer hunting, farming, John Deere tractors.

Carroll lived a full-life and was loved by so many. He was a friend to all, loved a good joke and found humor in every situation. Carroll worked hard and played hard. He loved spending his free time hunting, golfing, playing cards and supporting The Buckeyes. And he absolutely loved his sister’s Peanut Butter Pie! He will be greatly missed and forever loved.

He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Donna (Thompson) Harris of Sparta; his children, Cindy (Andy) Pursel, Cathy (Mike) Tonyan and Chet (Patty) Harris; grandchildren, Brooke (Justin) Walker, Lyndsey Tonyan, Paige (Fred) Hewitt, Ross (Beth) Tonyan, Nicole Tonyan, Zane Harris and Cade Harris; great-grandchildren, Joey Hewitt, Maddox Walker, Larkin Tonyan, Sloane Hewitt and Maverick Walker; and a sister, Mary Spearman of Mount Vernon.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Milton Harris, Maurice Harris and Hoy “Junior” Harris.

The family will have a private graveside service. To share a memory or to leave the family a condolence, visit Donations can be made to Sparta United Methodist Church (22 N. Church St., Sparta, OH 43350).  DeVore Snyder Funeral Home in Sunbury has been entrusted with the arrangements and is honored to serve the Harris family.

  • I don’t think there is enough words to tell all the great memories we have of uncle “cewk”…except to say that his quick wit and great sense of humor was a joy to witness. The world lost one really good guy this weekend. My heart goes out to Aunt Donna, Cindy’s, Cathy’s and Chet’s and Aunt sis. Love you all. Sonia and Vince

  • So many good memories of my Uncle Carroll and my Dad sitting in lawn chairs laughing and joking with each other.
    I had several years working with Carroll and Uncle Maury running the ditching machine. Uncle Carroll taught me so much by making me do the…”crappy” jobs, but little did I realize then how much he was helping me by all the experience I gained.
    He looked so much like Dad that I could never disobey him.
    He made me proud to be in the Harris family.
    Miss Donna, Cindy, Cathy and Chet… I grieve with you.

  • My precious uncle. What a legacy he has left for his family and friends. We were all blessed with his laughter and ability to bring a smile anytime we were near him. He got engaged to Miss Thompson (aunt Donna) when she was my second grade teacher.
    I thought it was the most wonderful thing.
    I will miss him but I have a lifetime of precious memories.

  • My heart is hurting once again with the passing of my sweet uncle. So many memories to treasure that it’s hard to put into words. If you had the pleasure to be in his company you could not help but join in with his laughter . His laughter was contiguous to say the least. Praying for all my family.

  • We will all miss Carroll, he was always happy and fun to br around.
    I remember working for him baling hay when I was in high school.
    He made it fun and I learned a lot about keeping life light and happy.
    Carroll and Donna were such good people, I always enjoyed being around them.
    I will miss his sense of humor and fun outlook of life.

  • I have so many fond memories with the Harris Family❤️ Donna, Cathy, Cindy & Chet I am so very sorry for your families loss.

  • Donna, u are so loved and I’m so sorry about Carroll. Thank God death is not the end, but just the beginning.
    Much love to u and the kids.

  • My favorite Uncle-in-Law. A personality and sense of humor that made his presence known in any gathering of people. Carroll made his mark; and the world is a better place for his having done so. May Donna and family be comforted by the knowledge that his spirit lives on in those whose lives he touched.

  • The Harris family has lost such a special member. He will be so missed by not only family, but also this community. I wish my sincere condolences to Donna, Cindy, Cathy, Chet and their families. Whenever Carroll was around I would always have a smile. I have such fond memories of him. Praying for comfort and peace for you all.

  • I have and will miss him as he became one of my best friends here in zellwood station! Although I must say he tormented the heck out me! We all know what a good person he was! Prayers to the family as you get thru this difficult time ! May God be with you all

  • Our deepest sympathy to you all,Cathy.It sounds like your family had one heck of great parties.Love that cause that’s what I like,happy times🙏🙏🙏God Bless you all

  • Dear Donna and family,
    I was so sorry to read this. I am sorry
    Didn’t get to know Carrol better but remember him well. You and I were so close and I have so
    Many wonderful memories of our times together.God hold you in his loving arms.
    Much love Deana and Jim

  • The community has lost a great person. He was a friend to everyone. Whenever we were together he was the life of the party. There will never be another Carroll Harris. We so enjoyed the times we spent with Carroll and Donna. Our sympathy goes out to his wonderful family. We love all of you. Mike and Joyce

  • Dinna and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May Gid wrap his loving arms around you and comfort you during this time.

    Kim “Webb” Grau

  • Donna, I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved Carroll. There is a big void when we lose our spouse. I can remember when you were married and his obituary certainly indicated that you had a wonderful life together. May God bless you and give you strength and courage!
    Sadie Brewster DeWeese

  • I’m so sorry to hear of your families loss. Prayers for comfort and healing. At any age it’s still a great loss to lose your Dad. Husband Grandpa. May you find comfort in your many wonderful memories ❤️

  • I will always remember Carroll with a smile on his face. You could see he loved to laugh and to share a joke or a story to receive that laughter back. Donna, I hope you can find peace to help you through your loss. Cindy, Cathy and Chet…losing a parent is one of the hardest things you will ever go through but hold on to those good memories. Time will soften the pain but those memories will last a lifetime.

  • I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to all of his family. Carroll was a great family man. He was loved by all that knew him. You have such wonderful memories to hold on to. May God give you the strength to get through these hard times. My thoughts and prayers are with you!

  • To the Harris family, Carroll was one of a kind. A fun loving soul who will be missed by all who knew him. May your memories sustain you.

  • So sorry to hear of this news, but Carrol will always be known for his smile and active family fun times. Prayers for the family, may your hearts be strong and remember the HAPPY times and memories. God Bless you all.

  • I remember so many fun family visits with your family. My condolences to all of you. You have two wonderful parents. I had the honor of having Mrs Donna as my first grade teacher and shared a birthday with Carroll. He was a special man. So many wonderful memories.

  • Deepest sympathies to Aunt Donna and cousins Cindy, Cathy, and Chet. We are grieving with you as well. Uncle Carroll will be missed. We will be thinking of you all. Stay strong and we love you.

  • To Donna, Cindy, Cathy and Chet, we are thinking of you all. Many, many. Good times together! I thank the Lord for the opportunity to share part of the journey with Carroll Nd donn Harris. God Bless youA ALL.

  • Deepest sympathies to Cindy, Cathy, and Chet and all of the Harris family. Your father was always so kind and I have such great memories of him. I will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

  • When Bob and I were dating 50 years ago, we stayed at Donna and Carroll’s house playing cards and having fun until the wee hours. They wrote a note to my parents that we really were there until 2:00 a.m. We will never forget it. We always had a blast with them and we will always remember Carroll’s great laugh. RIP, our dear friend. Love to Donna and his great family!

  • So very sad to hear this news. Carroll was a wonderful man. Lots of happy memories of sleep overs with he’s girls. All my love to his family.

  • Dear Donna, Cindy, Cathy & Chet and family,
    I’m truly sorry to hear about Carroll and praying for comfort and peace as you will miss him so, so much, but those memories you will cherish forever. All that knew him will have all those wonderful memories as well. He was a very special man. Prayers for the entire family.

  • Sso sorry prayer coming to your family. Going to miss that guy. He was so friendly. And joking around. Donna take care of yourself thinking of you.

  • Our sympathy goes out to you all. John and I shall always remember the trip the six of us. Many laugh we had. He will be be miss.

  • Donna and family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Carroll was one of a kind! He was a hard worker and loved and enjoyed his family and friends. There are so many wonderful memories this community has of Carroll.
    With our deepest sympathy,
    Bob and Mary

  • Dear Aunt Donna & cousins Cindy, Cathy, & Chet
    I do not have to tell you that there was nobody like Uncle Carroll. Great childhood memories of our times together. Always loved going to your house.
    My heart, prayers, & love go out to you all. Wish we could be together again for hugs, tears, & laughter. Until then, please know I am so grateful for the opportunity to have shared some life with your wonderful family. Love you all and so very sad for our loss.

  • Dear Donna and family,
    My deepest sympathy on the loss of your dear husband and father. Who could ever
    forget Carroll and all the happiness and smiles he brought to everyone. He was truly special and I will always cherish the times my late husband, Steve and I spent with
    Carroll and Donna in Zellwood. Such fond memories. He will be so missed by all whose
    life he touched. God bless you Carrolll and all your lovely family.

  • The HArris family were pillars of the Church and community serving others in honest humbly.. Miss Donna an old student prays and wishes you strength for the healing of your personal loss. Rev.. Steven Hendrickson.

  • Donna and Family, we are so sorry for your loss. Carroll will be missed by so many. He always brought laughter and fun times wherever he went. He knew how to throw a great party. Carroll lived life to the fullest. What great memories he leaves for you to treasure! Hugs and prayers of comfort. 🙏🙏💕

  • I have known carroll most of my life and always enjoyed my time with him. If it was from little league or trying to sell him a truck. Hw was just a great man and will be missed. My deepest condolences to the harris family.

  • Cindy and family, My deepest sympathies to all of the Harris family on the passing of your father, husband, and grandfather.

  • Whenever I think of Uncle Carroll I find that I am smiling. I’m sure it is the same for all those who knew him. Every memory I have of him (and there are a lot), is filled with smiles and laughter. From early childhood visits, to family reunions, to our later trips to Gatlinburg; he always kept us smiling and laughing. His gift to each of us was helping us enjoy life to the fullest, as he did. We will be telling his stories and laughing for years to come. We will miss him greatly.
    Our deepest sympathy and condolences to Aunt Donna, Cindy, Cathy, Chet and families.

    Dave and Kim Thompson

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