Vernon Fillmore Harris, age 84, died July 6, 2020. He had resided at Delmar Gardens, O'Fallon, Mo., since October 2017.
Vernon was born Aug. 31, 1935, in Jerseyville, Ill. He married Alice Faye Harris (nee Blair) on April 23, 1960.
Graveside services will be held at Grand View Burial Park in Hannibal at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 13, 2020. Dave Dexheimer will officiate.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice; his sister, Betty Kratz; his brothers, James and Nicholas; and his grandson, Kristopher.
Vernon is survived by his seven children, Kathy (Jim) Casady of Grand Meadow, Minn., Sandy Harris (Clarke Tilton) of St. Charles, Mo., Kevin (Angie) Harris of St. Paul, Mo., Karla Harris of Pensacola, Fla., Kursula Harris of Ayden, N.C., Kurtis (Leslie) Harris of Kearney, Mo., and Kimberly Harris (Richard Loos) of Wentzville, Mo; 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren, with one expected yet this year.
Vernon had the gift of excelling at automobile mechanics. He could listen to an engine and diagnose the problem without fail. He also enjoyed woodworking. He loved spending time with his family, going on vacations, camping and fishing.
In September 2017, Vernon went to Nashville and visited many of the country music museums. His passion for country music, which he loved listening to, was mostly undiscovered until his later years when he educated himself by reading biographies of celebrities and learning how to play guitar through private lessons.
The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the compassionate and caring staff of Delmar Gardens O'Fallon, Mo.
Donations may be made to Delmar Gardens O'Fallon, 7068 South Outer Road 364, O'Fallon, MO, 63368.
Condolences may be given on the grandviewfuneral.com website.