Mr. Harris was a retired school teacher and band director, having taught at New Athens, O’Fallon and Belleville. He was a member of Christ United Church of Christ, Belleville, the VFW, Belleville-Swansea Moose Lodge 1221, the former Musicians Local 29-717, the St. Clair County Anglers Association, and the Swansea Improvement Association. He was also a member of the Retired Teachers Association, the 25 Club, and the Belleville City League Softball Hall of Fame.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Rebecca Reimann; his parents, Elmer and Amelia, nee Franz, Harris; and a brother, William Harris.
Surviving are his loving wife of 68 years, Doris E., nee Snyder, Harris of York, PA, whom he married November 12, 1949;
two sons, Kenneth D. (Cristin) Harris of Lusby, MD, and Mark D. (Martha) Harris of Bartlesville, OK;
four grandchildren, Marketa (David) Grass, and Geoffrey, Emma, and Elȁn Harris;
two step-grandchildren, Hunter Broom and Kelly Barry;
and one great-granddaughter, Amelia Grass.
Memorial donations may be made to the Belleville Philharmonic Society. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may visit with the family from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 21, 2018, at Christ United Church of Christ, Belleville, IL.
Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 21, 2018, at Christ United Church of Christ, 26 North 14th Street, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Jon Tinge officiating.
Burial with military honors will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 23, 2018, at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.