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“Dear Pam, So sorry to hear of Dick's passing. You must miss him so much. I hope you find comfort and peace in happy memories of travel and other good...Read More »
1 of 19 | Posted by: Ginny Hopcroft

“Dear Pam, I have started this note several times, and each time, I can't find the words to express our condolences adequately. Uncle Dick is a...Read More »
2 of 19 | Posted by: Kimberly, Jon, Parker and Logan

“I will miss Dick. A good man never dies, he lives in our memories. May you find peace in his memories. ”
3 of 19 | Posted by: Nev Gill

“Dick was a great guy and we will surely miss his words of wisdom. We are deeply grieved by his sudden passing. Our heartfelt love to Pam in this time...Read More »
4 of 19 | Posted by: Dennis & Charlene

“Dear Pam... so sorry for your loss and please know that you have an understanding friend in the Villas --- Sincerely, Chris ”
5 of 19 | Posted by: Chris Thompson

“I thank God for sharing Dick in my life, it was my hope to be with you today Pam however it doesn't seem as if that will happen please know I loved...Read More »
6 of 19 | Posted by: Janine Pickens - Dayton, OH

“Dick was an inspiration to me and many of my friends. I learned a lot about living life on life's terms from him. He will be deeply missed! Many...Read More »
7 of 19 | Posted by: Ken D.

“Dick will forever live in my soul as my mentor and source of wisdom. Although we have been separated by distance over the past few years, he remains...Read More »
8 of 19 | Posted by: Karl Hamilton

“Rest in peace, my friend BOB C ”
9 of 19 | Posted by: Bob Cecil

“We will be forever grateful for Dick and Pam’s friendship. Dick was truly a gentle, kind, loving soul, and we will miss him tremendously. Our...Read More »
10 of 19 | Posted by: Gary and Cyndi Strickland

“Dick has provided me a brilliant but gentle guiding light for nearly 20 years and I will miss him greatly, especially on our weekly Monday evening...Read More »
11 of 19 | Posted by: Thomas Girvin

“Dear Pam, I am so sorry for your loss & it is also our loss. As your "Older Sister" he truly was the best thing that happened to you. He was...Read More »
12 of 19 | Posted by: Ellen Pipino - Palm Coast, FL

“Dear Pam and Family, I am so sad Dick is no longer with us. He was always smiling and had a twinkle in his eye. Many of the things he shared will be...Read More »
13 of 19 | Posted by: Jill Hepp

“To a man with a warm and quick smile and wise direction. His words hit home with powerful grace. Dick will be missed. Warmest thoughts and prayers. ”
14 of 19 | Posted by: Moniqua

“Dear Pam and family, We are so sorry. Dick was a very kind and talented person. We were so fortunate to know you and Dick...Our prayers are with...Read More »
15 of 19 | Posted by: Anetta and Louis Chow - Orlando, FL

“Dick will be missed greatly for his wit and humor. He was the Rule 62 Prophet. Thoughts and prayers for Pam and extended family. God bless. ”
16 of 19 | Posted by: David Henkaline

“Dear Pam and Family, I am so very sorry for your loss. Dick will be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
17 of 19 | Posted by: Sherrie Cory

“Pam and Family, I am so sorry to hear of Dick's passing. He was a good man and his presence will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
18 of 19 | Posted by: Doug Mays

“Dick was the sweetest, kindest man. Rest in Heaven my friend. My prayers are with the family. ”
19 of 19 | Posted by: Theresa L Jackson - Kettering, OH

HARRIS, Richard J. (Dick), 20 May 1945 - 3 Aug 2017. Dick was a graduate of Talawanda High School, Oxford, OH, Miami University and held Master degrees from Yale University and the University of Dayton. He then enjoyed a nearly 50-year career as a research physicist. His current and longest, affiliation was with the University of Dayton Research Institute. Dick and Pam married in 1993. He was an accomplished wildlife photographer and birder. His goal was to visit all of the National Parks and he had been to over 30 of them. After retirement, Dick permitted himself to be lured back into the UDRI lab part-time, not nearly as much as his department would have liked. He worked until the day before he was admitted to the hospital, just two weeks before his death. Dick was a rational and objective skeptic with a quick, quirky, inquisitive mind, good stories, better counsel and bad puns. He had a rare intuitive talent for science and engineering, and diverse interests. To paraphrase Ben Franklin, "He ate to please himself and did not dress to please others." He harbored great devotion and loyalty to his wife, his family, and his wide circle of friends (and generations of cats). His loss is as tragic as it is shocking and sudden, and it will leave a vacuum in the lives of many of us. First and foremost, Dick was a "friend of Bill Wilson" for 29 years. Dick is survived by his wife, Pamela (Pease) Harris, Stepdaughter, Robin Weckel, Stepson, "Bill" Weckel, brother, James Harris (Margaret), Nephews James Harris (Michele) and Jonathon Harris (Kimberly), Aunts, Diana Hendricks Wolfram and Norma Jean Hendricks, and lots and lots of first cousins. Visitation: 5-7p.m., Wednesday, August 9, 2017 and Service Celebrating His Life: 11a.m, Thursday, August 10, 2017. Arrangements: Routsong Funeral Services, 2100 E. Stroop Rd., Kettering, OH 45429. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Sanders Brown Center on Aging, 800 S. Limestone St., Lexington, KY 40536 or Hospice of Dayton. Condolences may be sent at

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