Harris, Roger

Written by David Green.

Roger Harris, 62, of Morenci, Mich., died Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010, at St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio.

He was born April 17, 1948, in Morenci, the son of Leslie and Gertrude (Good) Harris.

Roger lived all of his life in the Morenci area.  After high school he went into the U.S. Army, serving in Germany during the Vietnam War.  He was formerly employed at Simplex, Inc., in Adrian, Mich., from where he retired after 32 years of service.  After he retired he worked at Waltz’s Pallet Factory in Adrian where he was known as “Pops.”

Roger loved his family and was looking forward to see his first grandbaby due in December or January. He enjoyed the Detroit Lions (win or lose), the Michigan Wolverines, the Detroit Tigers, lottery tickets and scrap metal.

Survivors include a daughter, Brandy Harris of Morenci; a son, Roger (and Audrey Annis) Harris, Jr., of Morenci; four sisters, Pauline Scott of Morenci, Carol Bentley of Morenci, Florence Bryan of Hillsdale, Mich., and Irene Deck of Bryan, Ohio; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Roger was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Betty Green; and six brothers, Leonard, Harold “Stub,” Dale, Lloyd “Hal,” Irvin and Lester.

Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, at the Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci, with Rev. William VanValkenburg officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci. Visitation is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.

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