Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

March 12, 2013

Robert Harris


Effingham Daily News

EFFINGHAM — Robert E. Harris, 84 of Effingham, passed away at 10:40 a.m. Monday, March 11, 2013, at Lakeland Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, Effingham.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Shumway, with visitation beginning one hour prior to services. Burial will take place in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Effingham, at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church or the donor'

s choice. Bauer Funeral Home, Effingham, is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.bauerfh.com.

Robert was born April 25, 1928, in Yale, the son of Omer and Ruth (Hamilton) Harris. He married Shirley Ann (Larsen) and she preceded him in death. Robert then married Joyce (Kruger) Merkel on October 23, 1987, and she survives.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Shumway.

Robert is survived by wife, Joyce of Effingham; stepson, Chris (Donna) Merkel of Janesville; step-daughter-in-law, Emilie Merkel of Altamont; three stepgrandchildren; and five great-stepgrandchildren.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Shirley; sister, Rosalie; and stepson, Clinton Merkel.