Arlin Louie Harris, Jr., 93, of Stillwater, died Dec. 10, 2018.  Services are 10 a.m., Friday Dec. 14, 2018 at the Dighton-Marler Funeral Home Chapel in Stillwater. Visitation will be held on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018 from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and family greeting guest from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Ardmore.
He was born Aug. 19, 1925, in Love County,  to Arlin L. and Lura J. Sanders Harris.
In 1943, as a 17-year-old son of a peanut farmer, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. At the age of 21 he was honorably discharged in February 1947 having attained the rank of Sergeant. During his tour of duty he served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Block Island, CVE 106, in the Pacific Theater during the Okinawa, Balikpanan Borneo Operations, servicing F6F, TBF, and Corsair aircraft; and received several commendations. Well done, Semper Fi Marine!
After the service he returned to Meadowbrook School to complete his high school education. Arlin then attended Oklahoma A&M College on the GI Bill earning a degree in Machine Tool Technology. He held a variety of jobs before joining Oklahoma State University in 1951 as a machinist in the Research Apparatus Development Lab. In 1979, he began teaching in the School of Engineering Technology, retiring in 1990.
Arlin married Frances Ruth Webb, April 5, 1953 in the First Methodist Church, Ardmore. He is survived by his wife; four children, James Arlin Harris and his wife, Gwen, of Emporia, Kan., Douglas Clay Harris and his wife, Vickie, of Haslet, Texas, Teresa Lynn Harris, of Garland, Texas, Debra Ann Harris Garrett, of Stillwater; brothers, Joe Clay Harris, of Richland, Wash., Dale Harris and Gale Harris, of Marietta; sister, Mona Fern Ellis, of San Antonio, Texas; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents; and two siblings, Earl Harris and Barbara Jean Foster.
He enjoyed trips to Colorado with family, reading WWII history, OSU sports, and visiting with family and friends.
Memorial donations can be made in Arlin name to First Baptist Church, Building Fund or Judith Karman Legacy Hospice in care of Dighton-Marler Funeral Home, 5106 North Washington, Stillwater, OK 74075.
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