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Amos Harris

Amos Harris

Amos Wade Harris, 72, of Marissa, IL; born September 11, 1940 in Marissa, IL; passed away on Friday, October 19, 2012 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis with his family by his side.

Mr. Harris was an entrepreneur. He owned and operated several businesses during his life, including restaurants and hair salons. He was a United States Navy Veteran. Amos was a member of the Masonic Lodge 881; Ainad Temple Shriner; Scottish Rite; American Legion; VFW; Disabled American Veteran; and Sword of Bunker Hill.

He was preceded in death by his parents Wade and Mae, nee Direckson, Harris. 1 brother – Marshall Harris.

He is survived by his wife Deborah, nee Frech, Harris whom he married on January 8, 1971 in Lenzburg, IL. His children – Amie Houchins; Jeanie (Bob) McFall; Dan (Shannon) Harris; Wade (Terri) Harris. His grandchildren – Ashley Settles; Cameron Houchins; Shelly (Seth) Aull; Dex (Leslie) McFall; Bree McFall; Owen Fenimore-Harris; Griffen Fenimore-Harris; Lauren Respress; Nic Bradley; Jennifer (Brian) Drago; Kristen (Mickey) Colon. His great-grandchildren – Addison Aull; Aiden Aull; Emmett Aull; Kaylyn McFall; Colin Drago; Katelyn Drago; Londyn Colon. Brothers – William Harris; Thomas Harris. Sister – Sally Akers. And his baby girls – shih tzu’s Chloe and Lilly.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Washington University School of Medicine.

Visitation: Friends may call at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in Marissa, IL on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 from 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Funeral: Memorial service will be held at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in Marissa, IL on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 6:00pm with Rev. James Ryan officiating.

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  1. Administrator says:

    Just setting here remembering all the fun times growing up with my older brother Butch and his old buddy Amos. Lot of great memories. Thinking of you all with love and our sympathy…..Love, Bev and Stan

    Posted by: Bev and Stan Lewis – Marissa, IL – friends Oct 21, 2012

  2. Administrator says:

    May peace be with you and your family……

    Posted by: Denise Hargis – GA Oct 21, 2012

  3. Administrator says:

    My heart goes out to the entire Harris family. Amos was one in a million. I will forever have a smile on my face whenever I think of him and I think that is exactly what Amos would want! Rest in peace, Friend.

    Posted by: Becky Haefner – Springfield, IL – Friend Oct 21, 2012

  4. Administrator says:

    I will never forget all the good memories that I have of Amos…. We had such fun while working at Tiffany’s. Meetings in is office(the mail box) were fun, and memorable. Good Bless you Amos and all the good you did for all of us.

    Posted by: Bonita Schafer – Winter Haven, FL – good friend Oct 21, 2012

  5. Administrator says:

    I will never forget the day Amos found out that my dad was gravely ill. I was home from college and he found me in the White Lantern Restaurant. He came up to me and said “lets take a ride” and for the next hour we drove around the outskirts of Marissa, having an adult beverage, and talking about family. It was his way of helping me get through a difficult time and I will always be grateful. To Debbie and the Harris family, please accept my deepest sympathy. I will be in California and won’t be able to be there in person but you will be in my thoughts.

    Norm Harriman

    Posted by: Norm Harriman – Chesterfield, MO – Friend Oct 22, 2012

  6. Administrator says:

    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Amos. He was so good hearted and kind. I will be forever grateful to him and Debbie for the opportunity to work for them at Tiffany’s. I truly may have never made it in the hair business without them. They both taught me so much. We worked hard and had so much fun. Amos always kept us going, always there for us. He was loved by his employees and clients alike. My sincere sympathy to Deb and the family. He will be greatly missed by many.

    Posted by: Shelly Lehman Schneider – Du Quoin, IL – friend Oct 23, 2012

  7. Administrator says:

    Amos Wade was one of my very best friends and classmates! We went through the Marissa Grade School and the Marissa Township High School together! I have so many wonderful memories of what I used to call my AMOPOSOP I couldn’t begin to tell about all of them! When we were growing up he was like a brother to me and a son to my Mom, Mrs. Bonnie E. Juenger! He used to come to our home and he never had to knock! He knew he was always welcome and would walk right in! When we graduated from MTHS in 1959 Mom took pictures of Amos and I in our caps and gowns with her little Brownie camera! We were standing outside of the Marissa Sheltered Care Home! At the Baccalaurette Service Amos and I walked together to our chairs and at the Graduation Service we sat side by side! I remember when Amos went with Penny Schmidts, Karen Johnson and Suzy McGill! God bless you Amos Wade, your Family and Loved Ones and may He always keep each of you in His loving arms and care during your time of greif! I loved you Amos Wade when you with us and I will always love you while you’re up there with God and the Angels! Please say Hi to my Susanne Elaine and Mom!

    Posted by: Susan Juenger Patton – Marion, IL – Very Good Friend and Classmate! Oct 23, 2012

  8. Administrator says:

    Amos and Debbie were great friends to my mom, Ruth Calvert. Last July, while we were packing her things and getting her ready to move to the nursing home, Deb, Amos & Bill walked down to say goodbye to her.
    This was one of the hardest days of my life – telling mom she had to move. I was a complete basket case and mom was so confused. Amos and Debbie were wonderful. Deb hugged me and Amos reassured mom that everything would be alright. Good folks. Amos will be missed. Prayers from all the Calvert kids and mom too!

    Posted by: Connie Calvert Cominsky – St. Louis, MO – friend Oct 24, 2012

  9. Administrator says:

    I was so sorry to hear of Amos’ passing. He always had a smile on his face and he made everyone feel so welcome. Keep smiling Amos….and may you rest in peace in the Lords arms.

    Posted by: Patte Smith Ramsey – Sacramento, CA – friend Oct 25, 2012

  10. Administrator says:

    My son Richard was browsing through people and places and he read Amos had passed away.So sorry to hear that . Your family has our sympathy. Our family lived there many years ago. i remember finding his name on-line and calling him to find out his sister Sally’s phone number i had been thinking about her and wanted to say Hi. So sorry for your loss.Had good times many years ago.

    Posted by: Sandra Gallagher – Providence, RI – Friend Dec 24, 2012

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