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Robert Dean Harris
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Robert Dean "Bob" Harris

Robert Dean Harris of Pewaukee, WI was called home to the Lord and his beloved wife Lorraine (nee Halweg) on Tuesday, April 10, 2018. The youngest of four children of James (Fess) and Mary Harris (nee Utesch), Bob was born in Riceville, Iowa. He is predeceased by his siblings Wanda Schroeder, Mary Lou Wentworth, and James Harold Harris. Not wanting to make a career of working on the family farm, Bob left home at the age of 18 and found work as an apprentice machinist at Waukesha Motor Company in Sept. 1946 working his way up to Director of Manufacturing and retiring from Waukesha Dresser Industries after 42 years.

Bob was involved in the community and served many years as a volunteer for Junior Achievement, Waukesha Chamber of Commerce, Waukesha County Technical College, River Hills Nursing Home, Linden Grove Nursing Home, Waukesha Engine Historical Society and the Waukesha Engine Old Timers Club.

He married his high school sweetheart, Lorraine Harris, in Nov. 1946, and they raised their two boys in Pewaukee WI. He was happily married for 54 years until her death in 2001 and was devoted to his children and three beautiful grandchildren.

Bob was committed to his faith and was heavily involved at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church for over 70 years. He served in various roles as a volunteer. More notable service included being a member of the Board of Directors, helping with administration with the building program and after he retired, as the church Business Manager.

In retirement, Bob was a self-taught woodworker. He began making simple boxes and learned to build beautiful oak furniture.

Bob's other passion was Muskie fishing. He began fishing in the 1950's and became an avid angler, making his own rods and tackle. He kept meticulous records of the Chippewa Flowage and was a Charter member of Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame in Hayward, WI.

He is survived by his children Mark and his wife Marty, Michael and his wife Laureen and his three grandchildren, Michael, Melanie and Eve, as well as other nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing Friday, April 13, 2018 at CHRIST EV. LUTHERAN CHURCH, W240 N3103 Pewaukee Rd., Pewaukee, from 10:00 AM until time of Funeral Service at 11:30 AM. Entombment at Wisconsin Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Christ Ev. Lutheran Church Growing in Faith Appeal are appreciated.

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10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Christ Ev. Lutheran Church

W240 N3103 Pewaukee Rd.
Pewaukee, WI 53072





11:30 AM
Christ Ev. Lutheran Church

W240 N3103 Pewaukee Rd.
Pewaukee, WI 53072

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Wisconsin Memorial Park

13235 W. Capitol Drive
Brookfield, WI 53005


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