Merlin Clyde Harness of Overland Park, Kansas, passed away on November 7, 2021.

Merlin was born November 28, 1931, in Lincoln Township, Missouri, to Henry Everett Harness and Nettie May Walkinshaw.

He was a loving husband, a fantastic father, a phenomenal grandfather, and overall, an outstanding man. He loved visiting with family and friends and making any new friends along the way. He was driven to help whenever and whomever he could with little regard to his own well-being. While raising his own grandchildren, he was Grandpa to every child in the neighborhood. Merlin was a man of knowledge and a jack of all trades. He lent a hand on any project and gave a hand up to whomever he could.

He was drafted into the Army during the Korean war and was always very proud to have served. He was a long-time active member of Cross Points Church and a faithful follower of Christ. Merlin liked to do crossword puzzles, absorbed educational magazines, read the dictionary for fun, and meditated on the Bible. He spent over 40 years teaching for the Shawnee Mission School District with a love of Math and Science. He was dedicated to his after-school club, which included model rockets and astronomy. Never one to be idle, he continued to work painting houses into his eighties.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Beverly Jean Harness; his parents, Henry Everett and Nettie May Harness; and all his 11 siblings, Herbert, John Henry, Sarah Jean, Richard Dee, Shirley Maxine, Paul, Ray Walkinshaw, Marvin Clark, William David, Anita Carolyn, and Larry Byland. He is survived by his children, Terry Harness and Jana Taylor; his grandchildren, Melissa Clark (Greg), Jody Harness (Gary), Candice Aranjo (Timo), Cameron Harness, Aaron Taylor (Ashley), and Matthew Taylor (Dana); and his 14 great-grandchildren.

Services will be held Sunday, November 28, 2021, at 1:30 p.m. at Cross Points Church, Shawnee, Kansas. Services will be livestreamed on Cross Points YouTube and Facebook pages (crosspointskc) for those who cannot join in person. A graveside service will follow at 3:00 p.m. at Johnson County Memorial Gardens, 11200 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, Kansas. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in his memory to Cross Points Church, 6824 Lackman Road, Shawnee, KS 66217 or the Alzheimer’s Association, 3846 West 75th St., Prairie Village, KS 66208 http://act.alz.org/donate. Services are being handled by Johnson County Funeral Chapel, 11200 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, KS 66210.