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John Narcisse Harris

August 15, 1917 ~ April 6, 2017 (age 99)
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John N. (Jack) Harris, age 99, passed away on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at Aspirus Ontonagon Long Term Care.

He was born on August 15, 1917 in White Pine, MI, the eldest son of William and Julia (LeMoine) Harris.  He grew up nearby in Green, graduating from Ontonagon High School.  In the summer of 1943 Jack married Dorothy Winetzki who preceded him in death in 2009. They had met on a blind date and were happily married for 66 years. Together they were blessed with and very proud of their five children.

Jack graduated from Michigan College of Mines, now Michigan Technological University as a Metallurgical Engineer.

He served in the U.S. Army as a Master Sergeant during WWII and was stationed in the Alaskan Aleutian Islands for three years.

Jack was employed most of his adult life at White Pine Copper Company as Superintendent of the Mill Department.  

Jack is survived by five children: Michael (Sherry Lynn) Harris of Madison, IN; Patrick (Elaine) Harris of Lake, MI; Kathryn (Phillip) Block of Port Washington, WI; Mary Ann (Dennis) Dougherty of Sault Ste Marie, MI; and John L. Harris of Ontonagon, MI.

He is also survived by seven grandchildren; Christopher, Stephanie, Rebecca, Dale, Julie, Ann and John, and ten great grandchildren. He is survived by both of his siblings; Edward Harris of Traverse City, MI, and Peggy Younk of Ontonagon, MI.

Also surviving him are his Aunt Germaine LeMoine of Ontonagon, MI; several nieces and nephews; and many wonderful friends.

Jack enjoyed nature, in particular stream fishing, hunting and gardening. He enjoyed watching ‘good ole Lake Superior’ both her wild waves and her calm stillness.  He was an avid fan and attendee of Green Bay Packer football games and MTU Huskies hockey games.  He was a hard-working, dedicated man with a strong faith. Jack’s wit made conversations with him both fun and thoughtful - a favorite being: “Plan your work, Work your plan”.

Funeral services will be held Monday, May 1st at Holy Family Catholic Church with Fr. Michael Jacobus officiating.

Visitation will begin at 9:30 A.M. with a mass following at 11 A.M.

The Cane Funeral Home of Ontonagon is assisting the family with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to Ontonagon County Cancer Association in his name or any charity of your choice.

May 1, 2017

9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Holy Family Catholic Church
Ontonagon, MI

Mass of Christian Burial
May 1, 2017

11:00 AM
Holy Family Catholic Church
Ontonagon, MI

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