Dale Phayer Harris (April 9, 1949 – August 21, 2016) | PostIndependent.com

Dale Phayer Harris (April 9, 1949 – August 21, 2016)

Dale Phayer Harris passed away Sunday, August 21, 2016. Mr. Harris was born to Robert and Maxine Harris in Glenwood Springs, Colorado on April 9, 1949. Dale graduated Rifle High School in 1967. From 1968 to 1971, he completed an Apprentice Training Operation Engineer Course. On April 1, 1972 he married Elena Schultz in New Castle, Colorado. Dale spent many hours on all types of heavy equipment building all types of projects from tunnels, roads, and oil flats. His jobs took him all over Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Wyoming. One of his largest jobs was building the road for Glenwood Canyon. In the later years of Dale’s career, you could find him at work with his canine companion, Tuff E.

Mr. Harris was preceded in death by his father, Robert Harris and his brother Ronnie Harris.

Dale is survived by his wife of 44 year, Elena (Schultz) Harris of New Castle, Colorado; Sons, Nathan (Julie) Harris of Durango, Colorado, Jeremy Harris of Grand Junction, Colorado; Mother, Maxine Harris of New Castle, Colorado, sisters; Vicki (Rick) Day of Shell Knob, Missouri; Brenda (Andy) Gustafson of Craig, Colorado; grandchildren; Samantha Harris of Walden, Colorado; Dale “DJ” and Dillon Harris of Durango, Colorado; Logan and Aaron Harris of Grand Junction, Colorado. Also numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at the Rifle Funeral Home, 1400 Access Road, Rifle, Colorado on Sunday, August 28, 2016 at 2:00 pm.


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