Robert V. Harris, 67, of Rantoul, passed away Friday, April 12, 2019, at Olathe Medical Center.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, April 18, 2019, at Dengel & Son Mortuary, Ottawa. The family will meet with friends one hour prior to services from 9-10 a.m. Interment Elliot Grove Cemetery, Brunswick, Missouri, 3 p.m. Thursday, April 18, 2019, Brunswick, Missouri. The family request no flowers. Memorial contributions can be made to the Franklin County Cancer Foundation c/o Dengel & Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory, Ottawa, Kansas 66067. Family and friends are encouraged to post their condolences and memories on Robert’s Tribute Wall at

Robert was born Sept. 2, 1951, in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of William and Vivian (Schaeffer) Harris. He was a resident of Rantoul, Kansas, for nearly 20 years moving from Lenexa, Kansas, where he had lived for many years.

Robert graduated from Shawnee Mission North High School, Overland Park, Kansas, with the class of 1969.

Survivors include two daughters, Jennifer Saffer and husband, Pat, of Oskaloosa; and Sheryl Hoefler and husband, Bill, of Mission; son, Jesse Harris and wife, Robin, of Excelsior Springs, Missouri; sister, Mildred New, of Overland Park; brother, Garry Harris and wife, Donna, of Gardner; several grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, William C. and Vivian S. Harris, and brothers, Dwaine “Bud” Harris, John Harris and Roger Harris.

He was a lifelong commercial and residential painter, retiring in 2015. Robert was an avid fisherman and loved barbeque and holiday gatherings with family and friends. He especially enjoyed spending time with his friend, Wally.