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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    SCULPTORS—Morenci third grade students Emersyn Thompson (left) and Marissa Lawrence turn spaghetti sticks into mini sculptures Friday during a class visit to Stair District Library. All Morenci Elementary School classes recently visited the library to experience the creative construction toys purchased through the “Sculptamania!” project, funded by a Disney Curiosity Creates grant. The grant is administered by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

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