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Gerald Lee Harris
10/09/1955 — 10/28/2021
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Celebration of Life
Gerald Lee Harris
GERALD L HARRIS
The soul of Jerry Harris was released to heaven on October 28, 2021 following a motor vehicle accident.
He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother, and friend.
Jerry was born October 9, 1955 in Omak WA to Carlis and Donna Harris. He lived his entire life in Washington and Oregon and has been a resident of Benton City WA for 26 years.
In 1980 Jerry married Mary Wellington of Richland and they spent 41 happy years together, sharing family, love, laughter, adventures, a love of the outdoors and a passion for the open road.
He was a proud member of Carpenters Local 59, employed at WTTC at the time of his death. Jerry (BearClaw) was also a member of Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA) and dedicated many hours and road miles to that cause.
Jerry is survived by his wife and soulmate Mary Harris, their daughter Krista Pedersen, son-in-law Keith Lawty, and three grandchildren: Kamryn, Kaleb and Karter Lawty. He also leaves behind sisters, Terry Bradburry-Alexander, Debbie Harris-Overlie, Bobbie Harris-Shaw, brother Steve Harris and many cousins, nieces, nephews and aunts. Jerry is also lovingly held in the hearts of his wife’s family: Denny and Janice Wellington, Donalee Wellington (Jack Weis), Andy (Donna) Wellington, Joyce (Gary) Irby, Bruce Wellington (Mikki King), and their children and grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father in 2012, his mother in August 2021, and lifelong friends Chuck Kinsey (March 2021) and Dave Chase (October 11, 2021).
Memorial service and burial will be held at Einan’s at Sunset Memorial Gardens Friday November 12, 2021 at 2 pm. Those wishing to take part in the fallen rider motorcycle procession will assemble at 1 pm on Jadwin Avenue near the DQ, across from Uptown Richland Shopping Center. Ride to the chapel at Einan’s will begin at 1:30.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Legacy Chapter of BACA https://legacychapter.ecwid.com/Donation-p78973176 )
or to The Pit Bull Pen animal rescue in Benton City (Thepitbullpen@gmail.com)
Ride free, my love.
The time I spent in the Tri-Cities was made even better because I got to know my cousin Jerry. I will always cherish those memories of helping each other with projects, hunting and fishing adventures, and just hanging out.
Thanks, Jerry, for taking the time to be part of my family and connecting with me. I still feel that connection, even though life took me many miles away. You are missed. I am there in spirit.
My father and Jerry we great friends for many decades. Something that I will never forget is that after the three rifle volley at my fathers service Jerry made sure that he was able to collect the spent shell casings and give them to me. It was very thoughtful and I was grateful he did that as I would cherish those last memories of my dad. Jerry used to spend a lot of time visiting my dad a few years ago. I’ve got to say, he really knew how to nap. I think he spent most of the visits sleeping. Right when he would hit that couch he’d be out. We would laugh about it and always knew it was coming when he’d arrive. Jerry was a great friend to my dad. They spent many years in the mountains hunting and having a some good times making memories. . I consider myself lucky to have known him. Until we meet again, you’re very missed.
Damn dude, never thought you would go before me! I’m going to miss you until we meet again. You have been a brother to me for over 50 years, going to leave a big hole in my heart. Say hey to ma for me ok, I know are together.
Ride in Heaven Jerry. Thank you for your lifelong friendship to my brother Michael Bouta and for always having his back. I know you will watch over him still.
God bless you as He welcomes you home.
Gerald Lee Harris