Gordon Albert Harris, beloved husband and father, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, February 4, 2022. Gordie, age 68, lived with his wife Kathy in Genesee Township. He was born on September 2, 1953, to Gordon and Jane Harris in Milwaukee. Gordie was the youngest of three brothers, and raised in Sussex, Wisconsin.
Gordie is survived by the love of his life, Kathy (Mahalek) Harris, whom he married on May 27, 1978. He is also survived by his beloved children, Carly (Steve) Koleczko, Gabrielle (Mike) Tans, and Christopher (Lisa) Stuht. He is further survived by his grandchildren Emily (Dylan) Thiel, and Julianna, other relatives, and many friends.
Preceding him in death are his parents, his eldest brother Tom, and second brother Brian.
Gordie excelled at his chosen craft of welding. He recently retired in November 2021 after 50 years working in that field. He loved airplanes and attending air shows. He could identify any plane he saw in the sky or on the tarmac. He loved that he lived in the flight path of Crites Field, and even his garage door sported his favorite air force jet, which was painted lovingly by his daughter Gabrielle. He loved stock car racing and going to drag races with his son Christopher. He also enjoyed any and all car shows. He loved taking his vintage Corvette out for a spin with Kathy whenever they had the chance. He was a passionate patriot and loved his country. Gordie enjoyed playing sports, especially baseball, basketball, and trap shooting. He was a member of the Sussex Sled Bugs and enjoyed assisting in grooming the snowmobile trails. Gordie excelled especially in bowling, and was a member of several teams throughout the years. He won many awards and trophies for bowling over the years and was very proud of his accomplishments.
Gordie was extremely involved in Kathy and Carly’s figure skating lives. He never missed a single competition and enjoyed cheering them on always. He was very proud of their accomplishments and became very involved in the skating world himself. He served on the board of the Wisconsin Figure Skating Club as Vice President for many years. He was also part of the set crew for Red, White & Blades, manufacturing many set pieces and working backstage during the very long weekends without complaint. He was very proud of the fact that he was chosen as a volunteer driver for Stars on Ice when they came to town. He shuttled the famous skaters from the rink to their hotels, and enjoyed getting to know them.
In lieu of flowers, contributions made in Gordie’s honor may be made to Kathy and Carly’s current home skating club at Mount Clemens Figure Skating Club. www.mountclemensicearena.com
At this time, there will not be a public service. The family will hold a Celebration of Life event at a later date.
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