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Harris Kenner

June 5, 1927-Sept. 16, 2012

September 19, 2012
Minot Daily News

Harris P. Kenner, 85, longtime Minot attorney, died Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, in a Minot hospital after a battle with cancer.

Harris was born near Brinsmade on June 5, 1927, the son of Harold and Clara (Williamson) Kenner. After graduating from Leeds High School, he entered into active duty service with the Army, and honorably served his country during World War II. At the end of the war he also attended naval school in Hawaii.

Upon receiving his honorable discharge, Harris attended the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, and obtained his juris doctorate degree. He moved to Minot in 1952, where he practiced law for 52 years until retiring in 2004. He was recognized as a Platinum Member of the state bar association before retiring. Harris was united in marriage to Ardyth Rued on March 12, 1960, at Minot.

Harris was a longtime member of First Lutheran Church, Minot, and served on the church's Foundation Board. He was very active in the Minot Exchange Club, served as VFW Post 753 district commander, was State Republican Party president, was on the Minot Area Chamber of Commerce, and was a 50-year member of the Minot Elks Club. Most notably, Harris was well known for being a philanthropist to many people and organizations.

Harris enjoyed time with his large extended family, whether at the cabin on Lake Sakakawea or at his home. He loved entertaining family members and especially enjoyed a good game of pinochle.

Harris is survived by: his wife of 52 years, Ardyth; daughter, Jeanine; granddaughter, Briane Swinnerton, Phoenix; brother, Harold Kenner, Bismarck; sister, Geraldine Rice, Mesa, Ariz.; and numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Harris was preceded in death by: his parents; brother, Alvin Kenner; and sister, Marren Odegaard.

Funeral service: Friday, Sept. 21, at 11 a.m., in First Lutheran Church, Minot.

Interment: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.

Visitation: Thursday from noon to 3 p.m. in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot, and will continue Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. in the church with a family service in the church at 7 p.m.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers or plants, the family prefers memorials to the First Lutheran Church Foundation.

Those wishing to sign the online memorial register or share memories are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at (www.thomasfamilyfuneralhome.com).

 
 
 

 

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