John Harris

May 10, 1963 - September 23, 2019

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Sunday, September 29, 2019
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Secor Funeral Home
202 W. Maple Street
Willard , Ohio 44890

Sunday, September 29, 2019
2:00 PM
Secor Funeral Home
202 W. Maple Street
Willard , Ohio 44890

John Harris, loving husband, stepfather, grandfather, and brother, passed away, at his home, on September 23, 2019.

John wore many hats in his life. He was a Navy Corpsman, surgical Tech, Police Officer, fire fighter/EMT, and Sheriff's Deputy.

John was always willing and ready to lend a hand to those in need. He was a big part of the Starfish Project and Teen Challenge, two organizations he was passionate about to help those with addiction to get the help they need.

John loved to fish, travel, cook, try new foods, and spend time with his friends and family.

John is survived by his wife of 18 years, Renee Harris; his step daughter, Kellie (Brad) Shook; and two grandsons, Braden and Gavin Shook; mother, Sue Keenan; brothers, Scott Harris, Jerry (Deanna) Reedy and Jason Linder; sisters, Shari (Ray) Dawson and Holly Denney; step brother, Jimmy (Brooke) Rockford; step sister, Jodi (Chuck) Ditmers; and seventeen nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by his father, John Harris Sr.

Family and friends may gather at the Secor Funeral Home in Willard, Ohio, on Sunday, September 29, 2019, from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, where a memorial service will be at 2:00 PM, with Pastor Doug Winner officiating. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Teen Challenge of the Firelands in Willard. Online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting


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Michael Leonard - Sep 29, 2019
Our sincere condolences to Renee and the family. John was a tremendous blessing to so many people. On behalf of the staff and the students at Adult and Teen Challenge of the Firelands, Leisa and I want to express our appreciation for all that John and you Renee have done to lift our hands and our hearts over the last 5 years.
Gordon Childers - Sep 28, 2019
Renee, so sorry for your loss. John will definitely be missed. He was one of a kind.
kristin Lopez - Sep 28, 2019
I am honored and blessed to have wonderful memories of John growing up. He was a happy and gentle soul. His smile was contagious and will forever live on in my memories. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Mick O'Brien family - Sep 27, 2019
To John's family. Sorry for your loss.
Jeanelle Smith - Sep 26, 2019
Rest in peace dear Johnny. You love of life, gift of laughter and forever little boy in you will truly be missed. My sincere condolences to Renee and all of the family. I love you little John. God took you much too soon. Aunt Jeanelle
Patricia Buckingham Evans - Sep 26, 2019
Fair winds and following ShipMate.... We have assumed the watch. Thank you for your service.
David & Sheila Tackett Family - Sep 26, 2019
To Renee and Family, We will miss John, his sense of humor as well as his integrity. Our friendship goes back many years, both in business as well as being a good friend. Our prayer is that God will comfort your hearts and give you peace during this time of loss. David & Sheila Tackett Family: Ryan (Amy) Tackett & family, Kevin (Vicky) Tackett & family, Eric Tackett
Sherry and Steve Sberna - Sep 25, 2019
We were very sad to hear that John had passed. He was funny and kind, and he will be missed very much. Our sincere sympathy to his family.
Constance Jump - Sep 25, 2019
I am so very sorry to hear this sad news. John was such a nice man and a wonderful neighbor to my mother. I will always be grateful to him for the kindness he always showed to her.
m. stevens - Sep 25, 2019
so sorry he has left here. He was fun to work with at Teen Challenge. my sympathy to his family.
Jeanette Nicely - Sep 25, 2019
John will be missed greatly. His laughter, his smile, his wit and sense of humor, the sparkle in his eyes and his love. My heart hurts that he was taken so soon. He will always be 'Little John" to me. My love to all the family, Aunt Nette
Laura Thomas Smith - Sep 25, 2019
My heart aches for the Harris Family! All were lucky to know him! He gave of his time to his community in many ways. Rest In Peace John!
Tamara Niese - Sep 25, 2019
Renee and Family, Special thoughts of John, your family and all at this time. May happy memories give you peace and comfort . Prayers and Blessings
Lisa Montgomery - Sep 24, 2019
Renee: So sorry to hear about John passing. Just please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Hold on to all the special memories and lean on the Lord for he will give you peace, strength and comfort. God Bless
Bettie Whitright - Sep 24, 2019
I was blessed to have met John while working in Oncology. We enjoyed sharing stories of the OR with one another. As a caregiver sometimes our patients touch our hearts....thank you John for all you gave to me.
Deborah Barber - Sep 24, 2019
Dale and I send our sympathies and prayers remembering John with respect and sending our love to Renee and the family.
Wayne and Jan Stanfield - Sep 24, 2019
Dear Renee and entire family, So sorry for your loss, we remember John as a cute, ornery little boy. He grew up to be a mighty man and will be missed by all who knew him. Hugs and prayers.
Suzie - Sep 24, 2019
I was lucky to have crossed paths with Mr. and Mrs. Harris. I can not tell you what an imprint he left on me. My heart breaks for Renee and his family. He will be truly missed.
Jo Ann and John Lawrence - Sep 24, 2019
Our hearts grieve for the Harris family. Such a kind, generous man that will be missed. Deepest of sympathies to you at this sad time
Karen Albert - Sep 24, 2019
May your wings soar high John, your kindness has blessed many people including mine, thank you. Prayers for your family, may God be with you all.
Bob Ayres - Sep 24, 2019
I was sad to hear the news about John’s passing. Kind thoughts and prayers are going out to family and friends. May God grant you strength and comfort for the difficult days ahead, and fond memories for the years to come.
Marilyn Phillips - Sep 24, 2019
So sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with all the family.
Donna Myers - Sep 24, 2019
My deepest sympathy to Renee and John's family. John was a big hearted person and taken much to young. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Laurie Flickinger - Sep 24, 2019
John, You were so willing to give your time, talent and experience to help Starfish Project and Teen Challenge of the Firelands ladies. I’m sure you’ll be watching from heaven.
Thomas Johnson - Sep 24, 2019
John, RIP buddy, still remember all the fun times in bayview with the haunted hayrides we did and the time on the Fire dept. God bless your family and may god comfort them in this time of sorrow and everyone remember the fun memories. Again RIP John
Barbara Sharp - Sep 24, 2019
I am blessed to have known John. I will never forget that bright, dear smile. My sincere condolences to your family. Until we meet again, John....
Josh Querin - Sep 24, 2019
John, we had so many good times while working at HCSO together. You were so passionate about the fight against drugs in our county. May you Rest In Peace brother 😥
Don Danhoff - Sep 24, 2019
So sorry to hear this news. John was such a good man, and he fought bravely. I will never forget his humor in the face of his illness. I guess that we won’t be able to meet and fly that drone over Willard like we talked about. Fly high, John. You will be missed, but not forgotten.
Mark and Stephanie Hall - Sep 24, 2019
Renee we are so sorry for your and the rest of John's family will be in our thoughts.
Jan Terwilliger - Sep 24, 2019
I am so sorry he hearned of Johns passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.
Craig B Fish - Sep 24, 2019
R. I. P ol friend. You are pain free and in a better place now.
Patty smarr - Sep 24, 2019
John,,you will be dearly missed...missing your jokes ,always making me laugh. God received a special angel today....❤️❤️
Jay Reedy (Harris) - Sep 24, 2019
I'll miss you big brother. I may have not been allowed to be there for you but I never stopped thinking about you. You're little brother will always hold you near to my heart
Lisa Tuttle Crowley - Sep 24, 2019
I am so very sorry for you and your families loss.
Bev Ganni - Sep 24, 2019
To all of Johns’ family I send heart felt condolences . His smile and laughter will be forever in my heart. He was so blessed to be loved by so many and so strong in fighting his battles. You are all in my prayers and thoughts. God bless and keep you. Love ya💕
Delia Blackburn - Sep 23, 2019
Renee, so sorry to hear of John's passing. He was a great guy. Prayers for you and your family.
Linda Gerhardstein Oatley - Sep 23, 2019
I am so sorry. My sincere condolences to John's family. He was a joy in my English class and I was so thankful to reconnect with him at the many auctions and tag sales we frequented. I will always remember him.
Trish Tarr - Sep 23, 2019
Oh will be missed so much. You always brought a smile and a joke. Thank you for being you! Rest in peace buddy Love ya.
Trenton & Simone Ousley - Sep 23, 2019
His fun and ornery demeanor will be missed so much and our love and prayers are with you all.
Timothy Disbennett - Sep 23, 2019
All...I am so sorry to hear of John Jr's passing. We all send our deepest sympathy. John loved life, and his smile was a source of joy for all of us. He loved life, helping others, being a friend... we have many fond memories of him when he was young and visiting us on many occasions. He was a source of joy and love for all of us, and we are so sad on this news. God bless you all.
Rick Reed - Sep 23, 2019
Very sorry to hear about John's passing. He has been on my mind or a few weeks now. John was a passionate man on everything he did. Such a wonderful kind person! Prayers to the family!
David & Tammy Webb - Sep 23, 2019
Much love & prayers! John, your smile, humor & big heart helped to change so many lives. 💗
Gwen (Stanfield) Holmes - Sep 23, 2019
I'm so sorry Renee. My heart is heavy. John will be sadly missed. Love you John. My heart is with you Renee, and your family.
Julie Wells - Sep 23, 2019
I'm sorry for your lost.
Pastor Doc & Sheila Burrows - Sep 23, 2019
Our hearts break for all of you. Continue to lean into the Lord for His strength. Love and prayers