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Dolph Melford Harris
July 8, 1931 - October 11, 2017

Place of Birth: Fairview, Montana
Residence: Sidney, Montana
Age: 86

Dolph M. Harris was born on July 8, 1931, in East Fairview, ND to Harry Dwight and Hazel Belle (Petrik) Harris. He grew up and attended schools in Dore, ND and Fairview, MT graduating from Fairview High School in 1949. In Dolph’s words: “After graduation I spent about a year in the Fairview/Sidney area helping at home and various other tasks. Then I decided to try my luck with college. Paul Ditche and I enrolled at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, and I completed one year of study. While there, I also worked for Marshall Wells installing addressograph inventory control systems and later served as the newspaper packager for the Billings Gazette. In 1951, Williams Motor Company, Sidney, MT, the Buick and GMC dealer, hired me to manage their parts department and I was there for a year when my friends and neighbors decided that I should join the United States Army. I completed basic training and signal school at Fort Gordon, GA. For the next 21 months I was in Korea during that War. I returned to Sidney and went back to work at Williams Motor Company, originally in parts, and then accounting. I went to Valley Motor Supply for some parts one day and was waited on by Patricia “Pat” Whiteman. We developed a friendship that led to marriage on April 7, 1956, at St. Philomena’s Catholic Church in Sidney, MT. In the meantime, my brother, Melvin, and I entered into the service station business in Culbertson, MT. This lasted almost three years and I then began a career in the building industry. I started as a clerk, and worked up to management. This segment of my life lasted from 1956 until January 1, 1979, 23 years. During this time we had four children: Lori, Larry, Lee and Luann. Pat and I signed some bank and personal notes and became entrepreneurs. We have owned and managed Sidney Millwork Company ever since. We manufacture high end millwork and cabinets for schools, hospitals, institutional and government projects. Examples: Denver University Law Building, INVESCO Field Club Level, Billings Cancer Center, and Sidney Hospital. It’s been a good life. Ups and downs. Who hasn’t? We have traveled quite a lot, Europe and Hawaii. We have owned a cabin on Lake Sakakawea since 1987. We spend as much time as possible there in the summer.” Dolph once wrote, for one of his reunions…he loved his Fairview class of ’49, and was the last remaining male in his class. In 2009, Dolph and Pat began their retirement, but half-heartedly! Dolph spent many hours at the shop after 2009! Then, December 2, 2011, his beloved Pat passed away. He missed her every day, but was very grateful for all his friends who kept him going! Thank you all!
Dolph was a member of St. Matthew’s Catholic Church, and the Knights of Columbus.
Dolph died on Tuesday evening, October 10, 2017, at his home in Sidney, MT.
Surviving him are: his children, Lori (Russ) Utter, Larry Harris, Lee (Jan) Harris all of Sidney, MT; Luann (Ricky) Cooley, Billings, MT; three grandsons, Tony (LeeAnn) Harris, Eric Utter, Matt Harris; five granddaughters, Amanda Harris, Lindsey (Taku Ide) Utter, Ashley (Owen Hall) Cooley, Erin Harris, Tenna Cooley; his great grandchildren, Jasmine Harris, Jaymen Henderson, Kennedy Harris and Jaina Harris; his brother, Melvin (Betty) Harris, Billings, MT; his sister-in-law, Aletha Mitzman; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by: his parents, his wife-Pat, his brothers-Harvey Harris and Marvin Harris, in laws Forrest and Rosella Whiteman, and Pat’s sister and brother-in-law Marj and George Knaff and nephew Jody Harris.

Memorial Contribution
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Sidney Senior Citizen Center.

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Nicole Hileman (La Pine, OR)
Oct 11, 2017
I'm so sorry for your loss. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Luella Schow
Oct 11, 2017
So sorry for your loss. He was very special. May your memories be good ones and shared with others.
Toots McCollough (Billings, MT)
Oct 12, 2017
Oh Dolph, How sad I am to hear you are gone. Gone but not forgotten. You are one of the wisest and kindest men I have ever known. You hired me when I most needed a good job. I am eternally grateful. You and Millwork have impacted the lives of some many members of my family-Dennis, The DeTiennes, The Dahls, John Buxbaum, Missy and Andrew Shiffer, Claire Mayer to name a few.
The last time I was in Sidney I ran across you at The Depot. You invited me to come to the shop for coffee the next day. You even brought cookies! What a delightful visit we had.
Such an unforgettable legacy of a productive and well lived life you leave to your wonderful family-memories to last a lifetime. Rest in peace until we meet again.
Rex and Mary Ramage (Collinsville, OK)
Oct 12, 2017
Dolph, Luann, and family,
Dolph made a huge impact on us when we moved to Sidney four years ago. He was our church family far away from our own family. We will cherish our times sitting in the pew with him and Luann each Sunday, always with breakfast at Sunny's afterwards, lingering over coffee for hours. What a perfect example of Christ's love for others. You will greatly missed, Dolph!
Bill and Sharon Smelser (SIDNEY, Montana)
Oct 12, 2017
To all of Dolph and Pat's Families, Our prayer filled wishes that you are finding comfort in God's love, grace and mercy as you bid farewell to your Dad. We hold you close in thought and love.
FAYE HAYES (SIdney, MT)
Oct 12, 2017
Dolph was a very good man.had a heart as big as could be..i loved knowing him..very kind soul I will miss visiting with him.
Alan and Mary Seigfreid (Sidney, MT)
Oct 12, 2017
Know that our thoughts and prayers are with your whole family
Renee Williams
Oct 13, 2017
My heart aches for all of the family. Dolph was the sweetest flirt I have ever met. I loved him dearly and he will be missed by all staff at SHC. RIP handsome.
Paul & Tracy Denowh (Sidney)
Oct 13, 2017
We are so sorry to hear about Dolph. We have many fond memories of him through the years with hockey, with Pat & Russ, at church and in and around our community. He was a gentleman with a huge kind heart that will be missed by so many. All our love and prayers to you as you celebrate his life.
Mitch, Lisa and Nicole Tihista (Sidney, MT)
Oct 13, 2017
Our hearts are heavy, and our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time, your dad was so much to all of us! Hold fast to your memories and know that he will be always in your hearts!
Fred & Sandy Barkley (Sidney, Montana)
Oct 13, 2017
Dear Harris Family,
We were so sorry to hear of your fathers passing this week. He was a true gentleman in every respect and will be missed by all who knew him. May God be with you during your time of loss and grant you peace and comfort.
Emanuel & Faye Stroh (Dickinson,, North Dakota)
Oct 13, 2017
Our deepest sympathy to Dolph's family. He was a true gentleman. He will be remembered for all of his dedication to McKenzie Bay. May it comfort you to know how many caring thoughts are with you at this sad time.
Paul Groshart (Maricopa, AZ)
Oct 13, 2017
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Dolph was one of the reasons why Sidney is what it is. A true founding member.
Sharron Brunner (Sidney, Montana)
Oct 14, 2017
I was so saddened when I heard that Dolph had passed! I first met Dolph when Pat and I sang in the SWEET ADELINES GROUP in Sidney. He was always such a gentleman!
I again began a friendship with Dolph at the Sidney Senior Luncheons, when we both realized how much we loved fishing, so of course, we shared many fish stories, lol!
He was a man that was truly respected in our town of Sidney, and his memories and accomplishments will live on! RIP Dolph!!!
Walt & Karen McNutt (Sidney, MT)
Oct 14, 2017
Dolph will be missed. He was a credit to the community. Always involved. Walt & I will miss him. Thoughts go out to the family
Richard and Kathy Doyle (Tucson, Arizona)
Oct 14, 2017
Thinking of the Harris family and the loss of Dolph.
Butch Renders (Apache Junction / Fairview, Az / Mt)
Oct 14, 2017
Dolph I will miss our chats about the old days and old friends from Fairview, until we meet again.
RON AMUNRUD (WELLTON, Arizona)
Oct 15, 2017
Good friend Dolph and family,

I feel so sorry for all of you, Sidney is a great town because of him. He was idea man for everyone. I will keep praying for you all. Ron
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The DeVries Families
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Lynora Harris and Family
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Edward Jones, Jerry and Lana
Your Lake Neighbors, Jayson, Amy, Jory, Rowdy, & Brady Lund
Love Rex and Mary Ramage and Daniel
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