Herman Crockett Harris passed away at 2:05 a.m. Monday, Feb. 29, 2016, at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.
He was born Oct. 15,1929, in Belgrade, Mo.
Herman was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather.
He will be remembered for his gentle kind spirit, childhood stories and quick wit as well as his delicious pork steaks and many happy times with his family, taking the grandbabies for rides on his various tractors through the years.
Herman and the love of his life, Evelynn, were married Dec. 31,1951. He worked as an auto body repair specialist and operated his own shop until his retirement. Herman had a passion for cars and loved working in his yard. He loved birds and had quite a collection of birdhouses.
Herman was a member of First Assembly of God Church in Granite City. He was also a member of Eastern Star, Worthy Patron No. 420, Triple Lodge 835, Scottish Rite Mason, Ainad Shrine Temple Member and Tri City Shrine Club.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Stella Jane (Akers) Harris; an infant son, Randy Dale Harris; son-in-law, Dr. Chris Coffman; brothers, Jim, Claude, Ed and Jesse; and sister, Mae Ives.
Surviving are his wife, Evelynn Jean Drum Harris; son, Rick Ahlvers Jr. and wife, Cara, of Granite City; daughter, April Boeger and son-in-law, Dave Boeger, of Collinsville; daughter, Robbin Coffman of West Chester, Ohio; 10 grandchildren, Julie Zezoff (Nick), Ben Ahlvers, Jill Burnett (Jeremy), Mike Ahlvers (Sara), Kelly Boeger (Dave Pride), Kasey Boeger, Taylor Coffman, Tanner Coffman, Tucker Coffman and Trevor Coffman; 14 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandson.
Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 3, 2016, at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. In celebration of Herman’s life, services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 4, 2016, at the funeral home with Pastor Rich Smallie officiating. Burial will follow at Valley View Cemetery in Edwardsville.
Family requests memorials be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, St. Louis Unit, 4400 Clayton Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110, In Loving Memory of Herman.