Ronald Raymond Harris, 60, of Rapid River, passed away Friday July 6, 2018 at the Upper Peninsula Health Systems in Marquette following a lengthy illness.
Ron was born January 16, 1958 in Romulus, MI the son of Donald and Taiko (Kobayashi) Harris. He was raised in Romulus until the age of 15 when his family moved to Ensign. He graduated from Rapid River High School in 1976. Ron played football where he was Wolverine All Conference both on Offense and Defense. Ron worked for Mead Paper Company from 1981 to 2015 where he was a 1st Class Pipefitter. He also served at the Union Vice President, Union Mediator and Union Steward for United Paper Workers International Local 110.
Ron was an avid sports fan, coaching 5th & 6th grade basketball, 7th & 8th grade football, Minor League Baseball and he was a High School Football referee. Ron also played Escanaba City League Basketball for several years.
Ron was a former Rapid River Lions Club member and a former member of the Michigan State Pistol League. Ron was a creative craftsman building houses, concrete work, and more, but most recently, building a 40’ train which is enjoyed by people in both Rapid River and Nahma. He was generous man helping family, friends, neighbors and even strangers, whenever he was needed, he gave. His love for grandchildren was well known including his grand-dogs, Kai and Harley.
In addition to his wife Colleen “Petey”, survivors include:
Taiko Harris of Gladstone
Ronald (Ashley) Harris of Rapid River
Erin (Francisco) Diaz of Fort Mitchell, Alabama
Jodi Harris of Peshtigo, WI
Sean Harris, Korinne Diaz, Maya Diaz, Haiden Edwards, Teaka Edwards, Terrell Harris and Taryn Harris
Donald (Loreen) Harris of Marinette, WI
Lonnie Harris of Romulus, MI
Arnie (Lisa) Harris of Rapid River, MI
Medori (Don) Kay of Westland, MI
Taiko (Bruce) Goodman of Gladstone, MI
In addition to his father, his sister, Alice Gray and brother, Danny Harris preceded Ron in death.
Ron’s family will receive friends on Saturday July 14, 2018 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. Sharing by family and friends will follow at 4:00 pm. Luncheon will follow at the Rapid River Lions Club.