Robert Wayne Harris, 73 of Barryton, passed away on Friday, June 28, 2019 at Reed City Skilled Nursing. He was born on March 26, 1946 in Detroit, the son of Charles and Helen (Rafferty) Harris. Bob entered the United States Marine Corps and served his country from 1963 to 1969. He was honorably discharged as a Corporal.
Bob married his longtime girlfriend, Susan Shook, on July 4, 2003 at Chippewa Lake and they made their home at Diamond Lake. Bob was the former owner of the Diamond Lake Party Store and former Fire Chief of the Winchester Fire Dept.
Bob’s working career followed his interests. For 30 years he was employed at MIS and helped with Fire and Rescue at NASCAR events. He was a mechanic at L&M Trucking, drove for Hollenbeck Trucking Co. and was a school bus driver and mechanic at Chippewa Hills.
Bob loved to tinker and was known as “Mr. Fixit”. He enjoyed sailing, model trains and becoming a master at flying radio controlled airplanes. Bob was a former member of the Mecosta County Sheriff Posse and Big Rapids Ham Radio Club (call sign KB8VST).
He is survived by his wife, Susan KC8FYH; two daughters, Susan Harris of Garden City and Julie (Rob) Schneeweis of Bristol, PA; two brothers, Walter (Rose) of Clawson, MI and Charlie (Barb) of Cape Coral, FL; five nieces and nephews, Beth Lajoy, Russ Harris, Eric Harris, Andrea Farnsworth and Louis Harris and many extended family members and treasured friends. Bob was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at the Daggett Funeral Home in Barryton with the family greeting friends one hour prior. Visitation will also take place at the funeral home on Tuesday from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Those wishing to send a floral arrangement please consider something that can be planted. Memorial contributions in Bob’s name can be made to Susan.