Dewitt Obits

Theo L. Harris of Farmer City

Theo L. Harris, 87, died Friday (April 20, 2012) peacefully at his home.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City. The Rev. Bob Beckman will officiate.

Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery, Farmer City. Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church of Farmer City, Little Galilee Christian Assembly in Clinton or the Carle Hospice.

He was born Sept. 23, 1924, in Red Oak, Iowa, the son of Clarence and Gretchen Eichenberger Harris. Theo came to Illinois after World War II, settling in Farmer City, where he met and wed Ruth Pitman in 1948. They raised six children and have operated Harris TV & Appliance (now Harris TV & Appliance Sales Inc.) in Farmer City since 1953. Theo was involved in the operation of the family business until the last week of his life. He was a leader and past elder of the First Christian Church of Farmer City.

Theo is survived by his wife and children, Linda (Don) Trimble, Bellflower; David (Karen) Harris, Barbara Jean Harris, Janet (Dave) Zindars and Randy (Patricia) Harris, all of Farmer City; Dean (Tammy) Harris, LeRoy; and brother, Duane Harris, Polk City, Iowa. He is also survived by 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, two brothers and his beloved granddaughter, Jolee Trimble Mohr.

Theo loved his family, church and customers, many of whom simply called him the TV Man, and remember him for his rapid pace, hickory striped bib overalls, cap with a turned up bill and for driving just a little too fast in his bright red panel truck with the yellow Harris TV letters.