S. Russell “Pop” Harris, 86, of Bethalto, passed away at 10:35 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, at the Bethalto Care Center in Bethalto.
He was born in Foster Township on April 17, 1928, the son of the late Samuel M. and Julia (Boiellet) Harris. He was formerly married to Juanita Brooks.
Russell was a farmer all his life. He was a member of Fosterburg Baptist Church, where he served as a Trustee and Deacon. He loved sawing lumber and then building houses out of the lumber. He loved traveling, Indian motorcycles, hand-held radios and taking care of his cows on his farm.
He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Melvin and Sue Harris and Jerry and Margaret Harris, both of Bethalto; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Thomas “Bud” Harris and Everett “Pete” Harris; and three sisters, Ruby A. Harris, Evelyn “Ebbie” Krieg and Marjorie J. Wempen.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at Elias, Kallal and Schaaf Funeral Home in Alton.
Visitation will continue from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, at the Fosterburg Baptist Church in Fosterburg, with the Rev. Bob Harris officiating.
Burial will follow at Short Cemetery in Cottage Hills.
Memorials may be made to Fosterburg Baptist Church.
Online condolences and guestbook may be found at www.eliaskallalandschaaf.com.