Harvey Clifton Harris, 73, passed away Nov. 19 in Rio Rancho. He was born Aug. 6, 1942, in Farmville, North Carolina, to the late Harvey Sr. and Betty (Morgan) Harris. Harvey was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; he was a Kingsman and part of the Harley Davidson Motorcycle Club. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Cheryl Ann Neely. Harvey is survived by his wife, Laraine Harris of Rio Rancho; sons and daughters-in-law, Kevin and Ann Kegler of Germany, Jim and Martha Neely of Sacramento, Calif., and Donald Johnson of Denver, Colo.; daughters and son-in-law, Kim Simme of Buffalo, N.Y., Lori and Jeremy Nolan of Amarillo, Texas, and Cathy Pike of Carlsbad; brother, Kenneth Harris of North Carolina; 19 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. A viewing was held Nov. 24 at Harris-Hanlon Mortuary in Moriarty, with a graveside funeral service at the Mountainview Cemetery in Moriarty later that day. Bishop Terry Haake officiated. Pallbearers were Andy Hostetler, Jacob Nolan, Jeremy Nolan, Isiah Nolan, Terry Haake, and Patrick Melvin. A second memorial service will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Carlsbad, on Dec. 5 at 1 p.m.
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