Jack Harris

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Retired USAF MSgt. Jack W. Harris, 71, of Belleville, IL, born July 26, 1950, in Terre Haute, IN, died Saturday, July 16, 2022, at Massac Memorial Hospital, Metropolis, IL.

Mr. Harris retired from the United States Air Force after 20 years of service. He then worked for the Federal Civil Service, Department of Army, for eight years. More recently, he was an IT manager and retired from BJC Healthcare, St. Louis, MO, after 15 years of service. He was a charter member of the Taylorville Christian Church, and charter member and past President of the Scott Community Lions Club. Jack was also an Eagle Scout. His true passion, however, was scuba diving. He met so many wonderful and dear friends in his 22-year span as a diver. Jack was a Professional Dive Instructor who had over 5,000 dives.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles W. Harris and Alice, nee Dixon, Blanken; his step-mother, Zella, nee Lovelace, Harris; a step-brother, Jerry Jordan; a step-sister, Tina Small; and two half-sisters, Debbie Lavin and Peggy VanSchepen.

Surviving are his wife of over 50 years, Peggy, nee Sujkowski, Harris, whom he married on September 4, 1971, in Bay City, MI; two sons, Jon Harris and Jeffrey (Andrea) Harris; a half-brother, Mike Blanken; a half-sister, Celeste Blanken; six grandchildren, Logan, Fallon, Olivia, Ben, Marshall, and Andy; and many cousins and friends.

Memorials may be made to Mermet Springs Scholarship Fund, Mermet Springs, P.O. Box 1347, Vienna, IL 62995, or at Jack Harris Scholarship Fund | mermetsprings. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 21, 2022, and from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Friday, July 22, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday, July 22, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Kenneth York officiating.

Burial with military honors will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.



23 Comments on Jack Harris

Mike Thum said : Guest Report Oct 02, 2023 at 2:48 PM

I worked indirectly with Jack at BJC. I had not heard of his passing until I went diving this weekend and asked about him. The response I received was one of fondness. It's obvious that he's still missed at Mermett.

  • Saint Louis
  • MO
Heddy Klucker said : Guest Report Jul 25, 2022 at 10:31 AM

I'm very sorry for your shocking loss. You are in my prayers. Heddy

  • Fairview Heights
  • IL
Debbie Kennedy said : Guest Report Jul 21, 2022 at 10:28 PM

Peggy and family my heart is breaking at the news about Jacks passing. When we were growing up going to the Harris Reunion every year, playing on the playgrounds, laughing and running are some of the best memories I have and will always cherish. The very best memory is when you and I were little and we went on a picnic to Brown-county with Aunt Carolyn and Uncle John in their beautiful convertible. We got to stop along the way a we each were allowed to get our own big bottle of pop. Boy did we ever think we were hot stuff. I Love the life of adventure you and Peggy had and all the traveling you were able to enjoy together. Memories Peggy will hold dear to her heart. And what a wonderful Dad and Grandpa you were. Your family loves you so much You will be missed so much by everyone. Fly high Jack until we are all together once again. I Love you cuz. ❤️

  • Avon
  • IN
Charlotte Walther said : Guest Report Jul 21, 2022 at 4:04 PM

Peggy, I am so sorry to learn of Jack’s passing. May God give you and your family strength is these ad times. My deepest sympathy to all.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Tim Gore said : Guest Report Jul 21, 2022 at 10:23 AM

My Condolences. I worked with Jack at BJC for most of his time there. Jack was someone who you always knew where you stood. Being prior military, I appreciated that and found Jack to be someone who was always available to offer valuable advice, mentoring and or guidance when needed. I always enjoyed hearing Jack’s diving stories and knew just on discussing it aside from Peggy and his family, it was something he truly loved and was his true passion. Again, my condolences to Peggy and the family. Tim & Terri Ann Gore

  • OFallon
  • MO
Jan & Dave Tilley said : Guest Report Jul 20, 2022 at 8:27 PM

Peggy, I’ve been thinking about you all day today. I’m praying for strength for you and your family in the days ahead.

  • Bay City
  • MI
Reed Radcliffe said : Guest Report Jul 20, 2022 at 6:07 PM

I worked side by side with Jack back at the turn of the century and being a fellow military retiree and veteran we had a lot of things in common. I will remember Jack and those days fondly. My wife Linda and I send our deepest condolences to Peggy and the rest of their family and friends.

  • MO
Alex Schaefer said : Guest Report Jul 20, 2022 at 10:46 AM

My heart goes out to all the Harris family. It takes a wonderful man to raise wonderful children.

  • Ofallon
  • IL
Chuck Groya said : Guest Report Jul 20, 2022 at 8:41 AM

So sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. Always enjoyed your visits to Bay City and talking with Jake. A big hug for you Peggy and the boys. Maureen and Chuck

  • Bay city
  • Michigan
Randy Groya said : Guest Report Jul 20, 2022 at 4:19 AM

Peggy so sorry for your loss .Sorry I will not be attending this weekend. I know loved biving.

  • Bay City
  • Mi
Rick Sujiowski said : Guest Report Jul 20, 2022 at 1:56 AM

Jack was a fine man. I never had to worry about my sister Peggy with her being under the care of Jack.

  • Mount Pleasant
  • Mi.Jack was a fine k
Christopher/Taylor Clay said : Guest Report Jul 19, 2022 at 6:05 PM

My family is honored to have met such a nice man and brother-in-arms. Go Air Force and Aim-High Mr. Jack.

  • Fairview Heights
  • IL
Dick Landrum said : Guest Report Jul 19, 2022 at 4:07 PM

Condolences from Wendy and I to you Peggy, and your family. Jack and I had a lot of good times growing up with the Harris reunions and family get togethers. May God bless.

  • Monticello
  • Indiana
Nathan and Cody Witt said : Guest Report Jul 19, 2022 at 3:59 PM

So sorry for your loss, Jack and I were on staff together for years I will always look back on our conversations, trips and dives together fondly. Prayers to Peggy and family during this difficult time.

  • Paducah
  • Kentucky
Jean Joseph said : Guest Report Jul 19, 2022 at 11:45 AM

Peggy, I hold you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Jack was a priceless addition to the Auxiliary--Book Bazaar won't be the same without him.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Kerry Mason said : Guest Report Jul 19, 2022 at 11:04 AM

Jack was one of the nicest people I have ever met. My heart is just broken for you Peggy, and the rest of the family. Hold on to all those wonderful memories you have of him. Know that my love and prayers are with you all.

  • Winona Lake
  • IN
Jeff Bockhorn said : Guest Report Jul 19, 2022 at 8:23 AM

I will always remember Jack and his passion for SCUBA diving and his passion for sharing the love of this sport to others. Mermet Springs was his second family. Rest in Peace Jack.

  • Marine
  • IL
Charles Person said : Guest Report Jul 18, 2022 at 9:10 PM

What a great neighbor.He will be missed

  • Belleville,Il
  • IL
Dean Hamilton said : Guest Report Jul 18, 2022 at 7:48 PM

So sorry for your lost. Jack was one that once you met you really enjoyed his friendship. Our prayers are with you.

  • Karnak
  • Illinois
lisa Knowles said : Guest Report Jul 18, 2022 at 7:36 PM

Kelly and I are so sorry for your loss. He was such a blessing to have known and will be dearly missed. Kelly and I will forever be grateful to have had the precious little time spent with Jack. There is no one like Jack. He is one of a kind is dearly loved. My prayers go to you Peggy and to your family.

  • chester
  • IL
Jeff Mitchell said : Guest Report Jul 18, 2022 at 7:20 PM

I was blessed to have met Jack a few years ago through the scuba diving family at Mermet Springs. He was an excellent instructor and an even better human being. My prayers are with his family in this difficult time.

  • Johnsonville
  • Illinois
Sue Guetterman said : Guest Report Jul 18, 2022 at 6:35 PM

Peggy, Jeff, Jon & families. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
John and Doreen Morrison said : Guest Report Jul 18, 2022 at 5:11 PM

My heart is so sad for Peggy and all of Jack’s family. May you find comfort in your memories and strength to face the days ahead.

  • Brighton
  • Michigan

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