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Val Harris
  • Passed away on August 05, 2021

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Val Edward Harris, age 79, of Kerwood Loop, The Villages, Florida passed away August 5, 2021 at The Villages Regional Hospital.

Born February 14, 1942 in Marion, Indiana, the son of Charles and Hazel (née Hoppes) Harris, Val graduated from Marion High School and Wabash College.  He earned his Master’s Degree in Divinity at Perkins School of Theology (Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX) and returned to Indiana to serve in the North Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church for twenty-three years.  He served Grace UMC in Anderson, Stull UMC and Immanuel UMC in South Bend, Forest Park UMC in Fort Wayne, Daleville UMC, and Grace UMC in Kokomo.  Val later worked in the financial investment industry.  After retiring to The Villages, Val was active with New Covenant United Methodist Church’s Sunday school and gleaning group. He also led a genealogy special interest group and was an active member of Friendship Force, a group dedicated to encouraging peace through international personal connections with travel and hosting.

Preceded in death by his parents, his brother Charles (Harriet) Harris, and sister Emily (Earl) Gazarian; Val is survived by his wife Eleanor of The Villages; brothers Phil (Georgette) Harris of Indianapolis, and Barry (Patricia) Harris of Brownsburg, Indiana; daughters Dawn (James) Floyd of New Lenox Township, Illinois, and Diane (Greg) Borgard of Carmel, Indiana; and five grandchildren, Tyler Borgard, Caroline Floyd, Riley Borgard, Benjamin Floyd, and Emma Borgard.

A memorial service is planned for 11:00 AM Friday, October 29 at New Covenant United Methodist Church, 3470 Woodridge Drive, The Villages, Florida. The following streaming link is provided by the church for friends and family who are unable to attend. https://www.ncumcfl.com/memorial-services

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to New Covenant UMC, 3470 Woodridge Drive, The Villages, Florida, 32162 or Grace UMC, 212 W. Walnut Street, Kokomo, Indiana 46901.


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  1. Maureen & Sully lit a candle:
    07 Sep 2021
    Lit since September 7, 2021 at 9:38:17 PM

  2. Tom & Roni Crowder lit a candle:
    24 Aug 2021
    Lit since August 24, 2021 at 8:03:11 PM

  3. Margaret Kahn posted an image:
    21 Aug 2021
    On a family vacation - Caribbean cruise.  We all had fun and made great memories together ❤️❤️❤️
    On a family vacation - Caribbean cruise. We all had fun and made great memories together ❤️❤️❤️

  4. Diane Borgard lit a candle:
    20 Aug 2021
    Lit since August 20, 2021 at 8:55:40 PM

  5. Phil & Georgette Harris lit a candle:
    18 Aug 2021
    Lit since August 18, 2021 at 8:59:11 PM

  6. Joe Wagner says:
    16 Aug 2021
    I enjoyed working in the same district with Val

  7. Jay and Jan Walkington says:
    16 Aug 2021
    Looking at the picture of Val and Eleanor at their 50th anniversary, brings back many memories, especially when I look at the young couple in the picture from their wedding
    It seems like yesterday when Val and I were roommates at Perkins School of Theolgy. We were young, idealistic and eager to make the world a better place, and then, in August of 1966 we were the best men in each other’s wedding. Goodbye my friend and I will cherish our conversation the week before you left for the eternal kingdom. See you on the other side
    Jay

  8. Dorie and Jerry lit a candle:
    15 Aug 2021
    Lit since August 15, 2021 at 8:49:16 PM

  9. Dorie and Jerry lit a candle:
    15 Aug 2021
    Lit since August 15, 2021 at 8:47:56 PM

  10. Charles H. Vaughan lit a candle:
    15 Aug 2021
    Lit since August 15, 2021 at 8:53:40 PM

  11. John Weaver says:
    13 Aug 2021
    Val was both a great pastor and great friend. I greatly enjoyed the time we spent together - the early-morning racquetball games, the great fellowship we shared, and the discussions we had. He was a positive influence in my life for many years.

  12. Houses lit a candle:
    13 Aug 2021
    Lit since August 13, 2021 at 8:27:22 AM

  13. Houses lit a candle:
    13 Aug 2021
    Lit since August 13, 2021 at 8:26:45 AM

  14. Andre Saba lit a candle:
    13 Aug 2021
    Lit since August 13, 2021 at 8:09:45 AM

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    13 Aug 2021
    Lit since August 13, 2021 at 8:08:45 AM

  16. Andre Saba lit a candle:
    13 Aug 2021
    Lit since August 13, 2021 at 8:07:40 AM

  17. Karen Zimmerman says:
    12 Aug 2021
    Eleanor,

    I am so sorry about Val. He was such a good man. I learned so much from him that I didn’t realize for years. We were blessed to know him.

    Karen and Paul Zimmerman

  18. Tom & Kathy Herrick says:
    12 Aug 2021
    We met Val and Eleanor through our Faithlinks Sunday School class and quickly grew to appreciate their compassionate hearts, focus on making a difference and concern for those less fortunate. We appreciated the warm fun friendship we all shared together. We admire and love both and will certainly miss Val.

  19. Kathy Herrick posted an image:
    12 Aug 2021
    Our Faithlinks Sunday School class at New Covenant United Methodist in The Villages, Florida.
    Our Faithlinks Sunday School class at New Covenant United Methodist in The Villages, Florida.

  20. Laureece & Chris says:
    12 Aug 2021
    We would love to send our deepest condolences for your loss of an amazing, man, husband, father, friend, uncle and so much more. He will be greatly missed. Sending love to Elennor, Dawn and Diane....xoxox

  21. Saba-Newell lit a candle:
    12 Aug 2021
    Lit since August 12, 2021 at 8:33:20 PM

  22. The Saba-Newell says:
    12 Aug 2021
    We are deeply sorry for the Loss of our beloved Val Harris. He was loved by all who met him. Sending love and prayers to Elennor, Saw and Diane during this difficult time.

  23. James R Floyd lit a candle:
    12 Aug 2021
    Lit since August 12, 2021 at 8:06:15 PM

  24. Dawn Floyd posted an image:
    12 Aug 2021
    Val & Eleanor’s 50th anniversary
    Val & Eleanor’s 50th anniversary

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