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“Our sympathy & deepest condolences go to all of Steve's family. RIP friend, Steve & thank you for being such a good buddy to our mutual friend,...Read More »
1 of 16 | Posted by: Jackie Hornbacher - Story City, IA

“I am very happy to have known Steve for so long. He was a great person,fun,and always so nice to me and my family. My heart goes out to his family...Read More »
2 of 16 | Posted by: Tammy Bramley - Ute, IA - Friend

“So sorry to hear about Steve's passing. He was a good friend and motorcycle riding brother, He will be greatly missed. Wish I could be there Saturday...Read More »
3 of 16 | Posted by: Bob Jessen - Friend

“So sorry for your loss.thoughts and prayers to steve's family.. ”
4 of 16 | Posted by: Jim olson - Friend

“Family was what it was about. As a classmate, we always had that forever bond. Man could Steve play a trumpet! Growing up and old together was so...Read More »
5 of 16 | Posted by: Joyce & Rick Hanneman-Gebeke - ND

“To the family of Steve Harris..... Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you...lean on God, he will always be there for you, Steve was very kind,...Read More »
6 of 16 | Posted by: Mona Pithan - Friend

“Steve "Hairball" Harris, You will be greatly missed by our staff at Harley-Davidson of Carroll. You have been an amazing friend. Thank you for your...Read More »
7 of 16 | Posted by: Harley-Davidson of Carroll Carroll, IA - IA

“Like I always said Steve Very cool name ”
8 of 16 | Posted by: Steven Harris - Conifer, CO

“Cast aside your mortal shackles and ride the winds of time my friend. We will ride again together on the other side. ”
9 of 16 | Posted by: Jim Richardson - Omaha, NE

“Ride on Steve.....and thank you for just being you......goodby my friend......... ”
10 of 16 | Posted by: duane miller - jacksonville, NC

“So sorry to his family ”
11 of 16 | Posted by: Judy Wolterman - Danbury, IA

“So saddened to hear about Hairball. Many memories in soldier. He was a "go-getter" for the community. He will be missed. RIP Hairball. ”
12 of 16 | Posted by: Ron Ronfeldt - TX - Friend

“I am sorry to hear about Steve's passing. I know he will be missed by his family and friends . May you have comfort that he is in a better place....Read More »
13 of 16 | Posted by: Jacqueline Jenkins-Beam - Fremont, NE

“So sorry For your loss Steve was a awesome Man. What little bit we got to know him for 6 years =. He will always be in our hearts.Thank you for...Read More »
14 of 16 | Posted by: Cheryl Tim Vanderkooi - Wakpnda, SD

“I lived on a farm near Steve and his family and babysat with him and his siblings for a few years. Steve never forgot his roots and his friends....Read More »
15 of 16 | Posted by: Phyllis Towne - Onawa, IA

“Steve will be missed ”
16 of 16 | Posted by: Bruce, Bob and Jeff Buffington / Nelson - IA


Steven "Hairball" Harris, 65, of Moorhead, Iowa passed away Monday, November 13, 2017 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska.

Visitation will be 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. Friday, November 17, 2017 at the Soldier Lutheran Church in Soldier, Iowa with a prayer service at 7:00 P.M. A Celebration of Life service will be 2:00 P.M. Saturday, November 18, 2017 at the Midway Tavern in Soldier, Iowa with Pastor Shari Schwedhelm, officiating. Military Honors will be provided by Aaby American Legion Post #442 and VFW Post #5605 both of Ute, Iowa. Arrangements are under the direction of Rush Family Care Service, Onawa, Iowa.

Steven Clark Harris was born June 28, 1952 at the Onawa Hospital in Onawa, Iowa the first of four children to Maynard and Joyce (Loomis) Harris. He graduated from East Monona High School in 1970.

Steve enlisted in United States Air Force in March of 1972. He took his basic training at Lackland A.F.B. in San Antonio, TX as an aircraft mechanic. He was sent to March A.F.B. in Riverside, CA where he received his orders for Thailand in June 1972 (during the Vietnam War). Steve served two and a half years in S.E. Asia as Crew Chief on B-52 and KC-135 aircraft. He also served as Assistant Crew Chief on fifteen different Air Force bases around the world. He returned to the states and received an honorable discharge with the rank of E-4 (Sgt.) in October of 1975. Steve returned home where he helped his father on the farm.

Steve married Sandy Tolliver in 1970 and to this union three children were born, Chad Allyn Harris, Kami Jo Harris, and Brent Lee Harris. Steve later married Debra Dee Payson in 1978 and Debra had a daughter, Tara Dee Payson, and the couple had two sons, Clint Steven Harris and Christopher Colby Harris.

Steve worked construction for Borchman out of Omaha, NE. He then purchased a semi-tractor, leasing to Herman Bros. of Omaha and then BMC of Columbus, NE. Steve became a dispatcher for Central Transport of Norfolk, NE and later worked for Mapleton Grain in Mapleton, Iowa. He then owned and operated the Midway Tavern in Soldier, Iowa for twenty-six years until his passing.

Steve loved sharing in the joy and stories at the Midway Tavern over the years. He had a love of riding his Harley Davidson Motorcycle in the hills and relished in time spent with family and his many friends. He always put others first and had a deep passion to provide for others including the Moorhead, Soldier, and Ute fire departments thru the nineteen years of the annual Labor Day rallies at the Midway. He will truly be missed by all his family and friends.

Survivors include his fiancé, Denice Beneda of Moorhead, IA; his children, Chad (Molly) Harris of Gretna, NE, Kami (Mark) Burghardt of Gretna, NE, Brent (Jennifer) Harris of Omaha, NE, Tara Payson of Papillion, NE, Clint (fiancé Meckensie Jensen) Harris of Moorhead, IA, and Christopher Harris of Council Bluffs, IA; seventeen grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; his mother, Joyce Harris of Moorhead, IA; sister, Joni (Kevin) Swenson of Soldier, IA; brother, David (Johana) Harris of San Antonio, TX, and sister-in-law, Sandy Harris of Soldier, IA; and several nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives, and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Maynard Harris; brother, Thomas "Tom" Harris; and sister-in-law, Shon Harris.

Memorials in Steve's memory may be made to the VFW Post #5605 and the Aaby American Legion Post #442 both of Ute, Iowa.

Condolences may be left online for the family at www.rushfamilycareservice.com

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Rush Family Care Service
1629 10th Street Onawa, IA 51040
Tel. (712)-423-3293

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