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Christopher A. Harris

June 18, 1957 — February 14, 2024


Christopher A. Harris

Age 66 of Morris, Illinois and formerly of Romeoville, Illinois died Wednesday, February 14, 2024 at Morris Hospital.

Born June 18, 1957 in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, Christopher Arthur was a son of Arthur Roy and Carolann Marie (Muench) Harris. 

Christopher had a fulfilling life filled with diverse interests and deep connections. He grew up in Menomonee Falls and graduated from the local high school as part of the Class of 1975. During his time in high school, he was an active athlete and known to many as the "freak and the jock." His friends came from all walks of life, reflecting his inclusive spirit.

After graduating high school, Christopher worked as an installer for stereos before finding employment at a Milwaukee bakery. Eventually, he joined the Wonder Bread Company where he dedicated 17 years of his life. His work at Wonder Bread brought him to Illinois where fate intervened in a bun room encounter with a young lady named Brenda. On December 31, 1987, Chris married Brenda and together they made their home in Romeoville before eventually settling in Goose Lake.

Following his time at Wonder Bread, Christopher found a new career path at United Parcel Service (UPS) where he served for 23 1/2 years as a maintenance mechanic and head of the parts department. In addition to his work at UPS, he also served as a Union Steward with Machinists Local #701. Christopher took great pride in being recognized for his ongoing safety efforts and advocating for union rights. Notably, he played a crucial role in implementing mask usage among employees within the facility.

Throughout his life, Christopher had many passions that brought him joy. He had an unwavering love for music and eagerly looked forward to attending concerts - with Ozzy being one of his favorites. Growing up in Wisconsin, he developed a deep passion for ice fishing which he continued to indulge in through his involvement in a local fishery. Christopher was also an avid car enthusiast and treasured his Corvette. Football held a special place in his heart, and he enthusiastically followed the game at all levels. He had a compassionate heart for animals and cared deeply about everything he held dear.

Known for his gift of gab, Christopher could entertain you endlessly with his wicked sense of humor. He was truly a "Jack of all Trades," always fixing something or working on a project. In his downtime, he enjoyed watching classic sitcoms. Above all else, Christopher was a devoted family man who found immense joy in the company of his loved ones. His children and grandchildren held a special place in his heart.

Survivors include his loving wife, Brenda (nee Nicholas); son, Joshua Lee Hurst; daughters: Miranda Susan Harris, Katelyn Marie (Kyle) Smith and Kristin Lynn (Ray) Keigher; five grandchildren: Fallon Mae Cavanaugh, Calvin Lee Harris, Raymond Arthur Keigher, Stone Ryan Leet and Amelia Joyce Smith; two brothers, Daniel and David; his aunt and God-mother, Susan Pokorny and numerous brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Chris was preceded in death by his parents; son, Zackary Arthur; brother, Charles Harris and uncles: Thomas Muench and Harry Pokorny.

Cremation rites have been accorded, and the family is planning a celebration of Chris’ life in the Spring.

Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Chris’ memory to Illinois Valley Industries, 1033 3rd Avenue, Morris, Illinois 60450.

Family and friends are encouraged to log onto to sign the guest book, upload photographs and share Chris’ memorial page online through social media.

Cremation services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Reeves & Baskerville Funeral Homes and Crematory in Coal City. (815-634-2125)

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