Edward Eugene Harry (1939-2020)

Published by The Bee News

June 30, 2020

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It is with great sorrow that the family of Edward Eugene Harry announces his passing on Sunday, June 7th, 2020. He was 81 years old and at his home in Bullhead City, Arizona.

Ed was born on April 13th, 1939 in LaHarpe, Illinois to Charles E. and Maxine M. Wells Harry. He grew up in Fort Madison, Iowa, and Galesburg, Illinois, but eventually traveled to Nauvoo, Illinois after meeting his future wife. In 1962 he met Cecilia “Cel” A. Carter and they were married in 1964. After moving to Phoenix, Arizona they had two children, Michele Ann, and James Edward. His daughter and wife both preceded him in death on January 1st, 1979, and January 3rd, 2013 respectively.

Ed, or Eddie as he was known by family and friends, was a tinkerer at heart. If he wasn’t at home, you could find him fixing any machine around from lawnmowers to pinball games. Several locals knew him as the “fix-it guy” and rightly so. This seems natural if you knew he was the son of a radio repairman. Eventually becoming an electrician, Ed could take a VCR apart and put it back together all with tweezers and a single eye monocle in his right eye. Who would have thought eyebrow muscles had their place in repairing? In his younger days, Eddie loved to take long-distance motorcycle rides (again inherited from his father Charlie) and play guitar. His son Jamie inherited this love of music from an early age and Ed loved to hear his son play the bass guitar. That love of music continues with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and will be in his memory long after his passing.

Surviving after his death are one brother, Chuck (Linda) Linnenbrink of Galesburg, Illinois, one son, James (Georgette) E. Harry of Las Vegas, Nevada, one grandson, Isaiah J. Harry of Dallas City, Illinois, one granddaughter, Brianne M. Harry Sales of Orono, Maine and three great-grandchildren Zoey, Carmelina, and Cecilia.

He was preceded in death by his wife, daughter, parents, sister Helen (Kay) Cook, three brothers Raymond Kinman, Donald (Donny) Kinman, and Richard (Corky) Harry.

Per Eddie’s wishes, he will be cremated, and no memorial or service held in his memory.

The death of his daughter was particularly hard on Eddie. If you wish to make a donation in his honor, please donate to the National Reyes’ Syndrome Foundation or The COPE Foundation.

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