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John Harris

John Stanley "Jack" Harris

Wednesday, April 20th, 1927 - Sunday, July 19th, 2020
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John Stanley (Jack) Harris, Sr died Sunday, July 19, 2020 at The Laurels in Mt. Pleasant, after a short illness.

He was born on the family farm just outside of Mt. Pleasant on April 20, 1927, to Eber & Hazel (Green) Harris. He joined the Navy at age 17 to fight in WWII and for a time drove an ambulance on the island of Guam. He married Betty Lou Hubscher on July 1, 1949. The couple lived for a time in Cadillac where their son John was born; they moved back to Mt. Pleasant and daughter Lisa followed. Jack worked for Leonard (Total) Refinery in Alma for over 30 years. Jack was a voracious reader and loved to do crossword puzzles, play golf, and could create just about anything in his wood shop. His network of friends at First United Methodist Church were a blessing and a lifeline for him; he loved being an usher and doing other volunteer work at the church every week. He also was actively involved in volunteering with Meals on Wheels well into his 80s.

He was preceded in death by his parents, four siblings, many close friends, and by the love of his life, Betty. He is survived by his son John (Kathleen) Harris, daughter Lisa (Jules Vander Galien) Harris, grandson Connor Harris, and by many nieces, nephews, and friends. Two dear friends in particular, Amy & Wayne Heminger, made it possible for him to continue living independently in the last several years of his life--he (and the rest of the family) consider them to be an adopted daughter and son.

A memorial service will hopefully be held in spring 2021, at the Clark Funeral Chapel in Mt. Pleasant. Please email Lisa at bettyzgirl62@gmail.com if you'd like to be notified of the service details.
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Arnold and Mandy Walling

Posted at 04:09pm
Jack you made my work day enjoyable. My condolence.
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Marilyn Duke

Posted at 04:44pm
Sincere condolences to family and friends. We will miss Jack at our Sunday morning breakfasts after church. May he rest in peace.
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Leigh Ostrander

Posted at 09:26am
My condolences to Jack’s children John and Lisa, and his dear friends, Amy and Wayne and all of Jack’s friends and family.

Jack and Betty were friends with my parents, Don & Paula Johnson for many years and shared time over the years in service and worship at the Mt. Pleasant First United Methodist Church.

After Betty died, Jack’s friendship with my parents, especially my dad, grew as they shared their experiences of life’s challenges and blessings. For many years my dad spent time with Jack at the church office to volunteer doing various tasks and they enjoyed their friendship with Amy. They shared stories, recipes and even coupons for grocery deals around town! A few times my dad drove with Jack to his out of town doctor appointments and he said they swapped stories about their time in the service, their children’s and grandchildren’s lives and lots of everyday life happenings. My dad also drove meals on wheels with Jack and their friend Norm and often times they went with a group to Stan’s restaurant for breakfast after church.

He was a good man and was a good friend to many. My sympathies for all who loved him that they may feel comfort during this time of grief and remembering his life.
Leigh Johnson Ostrander
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