THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Glenn G. Harris
Issue Date: May 31, 2018
Glenn George "Jack" Harris, 88, passed away Monday, May 21, 2018 at Serenity Gardens in Gillett surrounded by family, caregivers and friends.
Born Feb. 4, 1930 in Kohler, he was a middle child of 10 children. They later moved to LaFarge where he graduated from LaFarge High School. He served his country building airstrips as a Civil Engineer, stationed in Suwan, South Korea during the Korean War.
After service, he married his first love, Colleen Emogene (Stoikes) Harris and they farmed in Reedstown and later moved to Hales Corners where they raised their two daughters. He worked at Milwaukee Tallow for 20 years as Maintenance Supervisor and Boiler Engineer.
At age 50 and after his wife's passing, he moved to his cottage near Anderson Lake in Suring, where his family spent many weekends and summers of fun. There he met his second love, Joan Lillian (Bowman) Harris and they built a good life together. He then worked for Nu-Line Industries in Suring for 12 years until retiring at age 62.
He enjoyed the outdoors, camping, fishing, being alone in the forest and cutting wood. A "Jack" of all trades, he could be found in his garage or woodshop, puttering for hours and always lent a helping hand. He had a wry sense of humor, a ready laugh and was always seen with his pipe.
He is survived by a sister, Margaret Pantoja; two daughters, Debra (Richard) Harris Watson and Cynthia (Martin) Sutton; five step-children, Jack (Michele) Smith, Leslie (David) Brown, Lisa (Larry) Behrend, Bernard (Darcy) Smith and Lanita (Larry) Mauritz; five grandchildren; a great-grandson and many nieces; nephews; step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.
Along with his parents, Glenn and Nellie Harris, he was preceded in death by his two wives, Colleen and Joan and eight brothers and sisters.
Visitation will be held Thursday, May 31 at Gruetzmacher Funeral Home in Suring from 1 p.m. until time of a Memorial Service at 3 p.m., with Pastor Bill Krauss officiating. Interment will take place at a later date at Forest Home Cemetery in Milwaukee.