Gerald “Tom” Harris, 73, passed away surrounded by family on August 26, 2021. He was born on January 29, 1948 to the late Raleigh and Luella Harris. Tom is survived by his daughter, Sara (Bryant) Sparks; stepson, Steve (Amy) Balthazor; stepdaughter, Carrie (Derik) Sims; grandchildren, Kylee, Mark, Gavin, Silver, Nate, Dakota, Billy, Abigail, and Cody; several great-grandchildren, and his sister, Wanda Hedge. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Beverly Harris and Shirley Foltz.
He worked at an industrial cleaning supply company for many years as a warehouse manager, worked at several apartment complexes, and also served as a volunteer fireman in Amity, Indiana. In his free time, Tom enjoyed fishing, camping, hunting, and spending time with family. He loved his grandchildren dearly and was a very proud grandparent.
Tom spent the last few years of his life at University Heights Health and Living Community. Tom was well known and loved dearly by all of the staff and his presence there will greatly be missed. The family cannot express enough how thankful they are for the love and care given by the staff.
Tom enjoyed game nights with his grandkids, spending time with friends and family, making jokes, being stubborn, pestering people, Diet Coke, peanut butter, bologna sandwiches, and pickle loaf. He never met a stranger and always found a way to make you laugh. His famous greeting was “Hey! What are you doing?” which would often startle people if they weren’t use to it. Tom could appear gruff on the outside, but had a big heart and had a contagious smile. He was always known for doing something silly that would make you laugh and shake your head. His sense of humor, fun loving spirit, and presence will be greatly missed.
A visitation will be held on Sunday, August 29, 2021 from 2:00pm to 6:00pm at Jessen Funeral Home ~ Whiteland Chapel followed by a funeral service on Monday, August 30th at 11:00am at the funeral home. Tom will be laid to rest at Greenlawn Cemetery in Franklin, Indiana.
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Arrangements are entrusted to Jessen Funeral Homes & Crematory ~ Whiteland Chapel.
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