William E. Harris

William E. Harris

William E. Harris, age 82, of Fitchburg, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, at UW Hospital. He was born on Nov. 4, 1935, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the son of Mel and Madge (Ashlock) Harris. Bill graduated from Madison East High School in 1953. He married Judith Anderson on May 26, 1956, at Trinity Lutheran Church. He proudly served four years in the U.S. Navy as a submarine electrician. He worked for 24 years at Cuna Mutual as its Plant Engineer. After retirement, Bill and Judy made many memories traveling in their RV throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico. They visited every National Park and filled their passport. They also enjoyed collecting antiques and refinishing primitive furniture for their home, but in particular collected blue and white stoneware. They sold many of their collections over the years. They amassed countless collections over the years.

William is survived by his wife, Judy; sons, Dirken John Harris and Brett William (Julene Strade) Harris; daughter, Shawn Marie (Steve Smith) Harris; grandchildren, Dirken John Harris, Jr., Aaron David (Amanda) Storts, Brandon Brett William (Mollie) Harris and Levi Kenneth Harris; seven great grandchildren; half-sisters, Diana Tucker and Kay Dean; and nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Juanita Marie Van Eperen.

A Memorial Service will be held at MESSIAH LUTHERAN CHURCH, 5202 Cottage Grove Road, Madison, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017 with Rev. Jeff Vanden Heuvel presiding. Visitation will be held at the church from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m., the time of the service. The family wishes to thank Pastor Jeff and the staff at UW Hospital in both the ER and ICU for all of their loving care and support given to Bill, Judy and their family. Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.