Thomas C. Harris, age 83, of 3300 Thorntree Drive, Gladstone, passed away peacefully at his home Wednesday November 25, 2009.
Thomas was born August 31, 1926, in Linden, Alabama, the son of Thomas and Mary Harris. He was raised in Escanaba and attended and graduated from the St. Joseph Catholic High School. At the age of seventeen, Thomas enlisted in the United States Navy, serving his enlistment during WWII and the Korean War, from September 1943 to November of 1951. During his enlistment, Thomas received medals of accommodation which included the American Area Ribbon, World War II Victory Ribbon and the Asiatic Pacific Ribbon with one star. In addition, Thomas completed his pre-law studies while serving his enlistment. Following his honorable discharge, Thomas attended law school in San Francisco, CA, eventually practicing as a corporate attorney, in San Francisco, for many years. He then relocated to Chicago for a short period of time before returning to Gladstone where he worked as a supply clerk for the U.S.D.A Forestry Service in Escanaba. Thomas retired in 2004. On October 27, 2007, Thomas was united in marriage to the former Barbara Eagle at their home in Gladstone. Thomas enjoyed painting, playing his guitars, listening to music and reading. He will be deeply missed.
In addition to his loving wife, Barbara, Thomas is survived by:
Step Children: Jody (Tom) Bentzler of Green Bay, WI; Shelly (Steve) Noel of Gladstone, MI; Joanna (Dan) Carlson of Brampton, MI; Susan (Terry) Berg of Brampton, MI; Gregory (Molly) Dahn of Brampton, MI
Mother in law: Irene Eagle of Gladstone, MI
Also listed among the surviving family are 8 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and many loving friends.
Thomas was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Mary.
Family will receive friends on Monday from 11:00AM to 1:00PM, at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. Military rites will be conducted, at 12:45PM, by the Gladstone American Legion August Mattson Post #71. Funeral services celebrating the life of Thomas Harris will follow military rites, at 1:00PM, at the Skradski Funeral Home, with Pastor Frank Scarcelli of the New Horizons Church officiating. Committal will follow at the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Escanaba. Luncheon will follow at the New Horizons Fellowship Hall. The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County are assisting the Harris family with arrangements.