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Jerry Harris

May 19, 1951 — April 24, 2016

Jerry Harris

Jerry Ray Harris, 64, of Texas City was lovingly surrounded by his family when he peacefully passed away Sunday, April 24, 2016 in Houston, TX after an intense struggle with Ideopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis.

Jerry was born in Casper, WY on May 19, 1951 to Herbert A. Harris & Frankie M. (Bush) Harris. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, his father-in-law, Daniel T. Perez and stepfather-in-law, Everett Windes.

Jerry grew up in Wyoming and loved the mountains where he spent a lot of time camping, hunting, and fishing mountain streams with his family. He worked at various jobs in his younger days, such as making doughnuts, construction work, oil-industry related work, then finally settled into his final career working in a refinery. He voluntarily took on the job of bike mechanic while at Amoco and took care of the SRU bicycles for 10 years. Jerry spent 26 years working first at Amoco then BP refinery. He came to Texas in 1992 when the Amoco refinery in Casper was closed but he didn't miss shoveling snow even a little bit.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Irma; son, Christopher; grandchildren, Cody & Kailey; son, Scott (Lanette); grandchildren, Brennan & Briggs; mother of his children, Bonnie Prince; brother, Frank Harris, brother Earl (Joan) Harris, brother, Bert (Aileen) Harris and sister Joan (Dan) Andreen. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Janie Windes, and step-mother-in-law, Shirley Perez; stepson, Russ Kasper & grandson Shade, stepson Anthony (Sandy) Kasper; stepdaughter, Katie; grandchildren, Angelstar, Faith, & Gabriel; stepson, Ryan (Camilo) Kasper, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and brothers & sisters-in-law.

Jerry loved being outdoors, often seen working around the house wearing his favorite worn-out shorts he deemed "Alan Jackson's," and an old T-shirt. He loved teeing up the little white ball with his buddies, solving all the problems of the world while having coffee with his Sunday men's group or while drinking the occasional beer with the 16th Ave. Men's Club, telling corny jokes assuring us they were "well thought-out material," and making big sticks into little sticks. He was particularly proud of a stitching-horse he made for his daughter-in-law.

His slice never met a golf course it didn't like and he really looked forward to the times he could play golf with his twin golf buddy. Many wonderful hours were spent watching the Texans and Astros games on TV while he teased his nephew, Jon, or commiserated with his son, Scott. His youngest grandson was a fan of his signature tuna w/cheese sandwich and though he teased his wife about sitting in the Hobby Lobby parking lot waiting for her, he was very proud of his "international yarn buyer."

"The Delete button is a beautiful thing" he would often say and then would ask Irma to re-send him something that he had already deleted from his phone or computer. His favorite epithet was "Sheesh!" and his corniness was on full display when he issued his annual spring pome he wrote. Yes, P-O-M-E.

Spring has sprung.
The grass has rizz.
I wonder where
The flowers is.

The sun is shining.
The air is warming.
I wonder why
Those bees is swarming.

The grass needs mowing.
Mower's in the shed.
Get it tomorrow.
I'll nap instead.

Visitation will be held Sunday, May 1, 5 - 7 p.m. at Emken-Linton Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted Monday, May 2, 10 a.m. at St. Mary of the Miraculous Medal Catholic Church in Texas City. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2 p.m. at St. Charles Memorial Gardens in St. Charles, MO.

In lieu of flowers, online memorial donations may be made to American Lung Association at:


EmkenLinton Funeral Home
5100 Emmett F. Lowry Expressway
Texas City, TX  77592
Sunday, May 1, 2016
5:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.


Funeral Service

St. Marys of the Miraculous Medal Catholic Church
1604 9th Ave. North
Texas City, TX  77590
Monday, May 2, 2016


St. Charles Memorial Garden
St. Charles, MO

Memorial Contributions

American Lung Association

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