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    Ronald William Harris

    Ronald William Harris, 73 of Gainesville Ga, died as a result of a tragic motor vehicle accident on January 12th in Pualaski Virginia. He is survived by his wife Lucille Harris and their 5 children (Joe, Brian, Serena, Amanda and John) and their 2 grandchildren, (Audrey and Sebastien). He was born August 26th, 1945 in Baltimore Maryland. Mr. Harris proudly served his country during the Vietnam war from 1964 through 1968 as a heavy equipment operator. When he left the Service, he worked on the loading docks in Long Beach California as a crane operator. He also worked as a mechanic fixing big rigs. In 1982 he started working for Kiser Sand & Gravel until 2001 when the family moved to Georgia. Ron was a skilled large crane operator and he contributed to the local infrastructure in North East Georgia working on both the Lake Zwerner Dam and Cedar Creek pumping station. Ron's hobby and passion in life was old military trucks. After retiring in 2010 from the construction industry, he worked extensively on restoring and modifying Vietnam era and later military trucks. He was very active and passionate in the hobby and helped hundreds of others through hours of phone calls and communications assisting with his ideas and knowledge. Ron was a very patriotic honorable man who loved God and country. He had a heart of gold and would put others above himself. He loved helping any way he could while sharing his knowledge and talents. We will be having a celebration of life in honor of Ron on Saturday, March 16, 2019 in the early afternoon in the Gainesville, Georgia area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by swiss View Post
    Ronald William Harris, 73 of Gainesville Ga, died as a result of a tragic motor vehicle accident on January 12th in Pualaski Virginia while driving a Oshkosh M1074 PLS. He is survived by his wife Lucille Harris and their 5 children (Joe, Brian, Serena, Amanda and John) and their 2 grandchildren, (Audrey and Sebastien). He was born August 26th, 1945 in Baltimore Maryland. Mr. Harris proudly served his country during the Vietnam war from 1964 through 1968 as a heavy equipment operator. When he left the Service, he worked on the loading docks in Long Beach California as a crane operator. He also worked as a mechanic fixing big rigs. In 1982 he started working for Kiser Sand & Gravel until 2001 when the family moved to Georgia.

    Ron was a skilled large crane operator and he contributed to the local infrastructure in North East Georgia working on both the Lake Zwerner Dam and Cedar Creek pumping station. Ron's hobby and passion in life was old military trucks. After retiring in 2010 from the construction industry, he worked extensively on restoring and modifying Vietnam era and later military trucks. He was very active and passionate in the hobby and helped hundreds of others through hours of phone calls and communications assisting with his ideas and knowledge. Ron was a very patriotic honorable man who loved God and country. He had a heart of gold and would put others above himself. He loved helping any way he could while sharing his knowledge and talents.

    We will be having a celebration of life and all his extended SS family is invited to celebrate the life of Ronald Harris on Saturday March 16th at noon in Lula Georgia. Ron loved spending time in the woods at my property and his wish was to have his ashes forever part of the earth.


    I will be grilling for lunch and we will eat around 12:30. It would be helpful if those coming coming could bring some side dish's and drinks. I will start another thread in the events section around additional details.


    Rest assured that on the 16th, at least one glass will be raised high, on this side of the Atlantic, in Ron's memory. By any chance, was Ron in the 84th Engineer Brigade during 1964-1968?

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    Never had the privilege of meeting Ron, though I have the highest respect for him and his dedication to Steel Soldiers and the hobby. He will be missed by many, prayers out to his family and friends.
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    2014 GA Rally_129-ron.jpg
    Goodbye to a good man
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    This is devastating news to hear, just saw this from a different thread, had been off-site and missed this thread til now. Did not read all of the posts, will do so later.
    When I came to the GA Rally in 2014, I ended up as Ron's neighbor and he took me in and helped immediately.

    2014 GA Rally_162c-ron 4.jpg

    For most of the following days, we started the day with sitting in his veranda and he made coffee for the both of us.
    Mostly, we drank in quiet without much talk, enjoying the early morning. These were the best moments of the Rally and the main reason for me to get back to the Rally asap. Several reasons stopped it in the last years, but this year I finally had things lined up to go. I was hoping to do a recovery trip or otherwise spend some days on MVs or otherwise with him before or after the Rally.

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    All support and strength for for his family

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    R.I.P and Godspeed on your final journey my friend.
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    It is interesting how each of us has a different story and memories about Ron, but each show the same strong positive feeling in it.
    I remember that in 2014 at the GA rally, there was this memorial tent for TIGGER. My gut feeling says that Ron was not the kind of man who would like to see something like that for himself, but I do think we should do something at the rally to remember and honor him --- and I mean apart from raising the glasses around the camp fires while swapping stories (which is the best way to do it anyway). Just throwing it up, leave it to those who knew him better and his family to decide on this.

    Ron's unfinished MV projects: can we help finishing them as a GA group action like the engine swap in 2014?

    16 March: date noted in the calendar. As Guyfang mentioned, the European SteelSoldiers cannot attend, but be sure that more than one glass will be raised in Ron's memory.
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    Hello everyone,

    I have started another thread for Ron's Memorial Gathering. Please use that thread to post if you will be able to attend so I can get an idea of the number of you who will be able to join us on March 16th.

    https://www.steelsoldiers.com/showth...=1#post2196898
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    He's Home now and will always live in our hearts where he has always been. I'm Thankful to have known Ron and miss the 2 or 3 phone calls a month with him introducing himself as "Ron, 73M819" from Steel Soldiers. His ashes are spread on land that he spent many hours on here in the U.S.A. They were carried in a NHC-250 powered 5 ton in an ammo can in a convoy of other Military Vehicles. Swiss arranged a great Memorial Service. I really have no words, today was tough but we move forward By Faith. My oldest boy blessed the meal, Swiss closed the Service in Prayer. I held together good until Swiss tossed out the first of the ashes.
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    Sandcobra, although I never met or had the opportunity to speak to Ron, tears are welling up in my eyes reading this. Not even exclusively sad, just very much emotionally moved. Steel Soldiers is a brotherhood all its own. It is truly amazing how we have touched each others lives. I could ramble on forever but let me just say that stories like this, although tragic in origin, show to me that we have the best hobby in the world.
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    Thats really tough to fathom.
    I do get some solice in the Love the SS bretheren bequeath in his name.
    We shall all catch up to him someday...
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    Thank you to everyone who was able to be present at today's Memorial. You carried with you our spiritual presence, our condolences, and our love.

    Thoughts and prayers from near and far held Ron in remembrance especially today.

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