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Charles "Chuck" Jerre Harris, Jr.


1937 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Charles "Chuck" Jerre Harris, Jr. passed away peacefully Tuesday July 25, 2017 in Alamogordo, NM.

A celebration of life will be held at 10:00 am, Monday July 31, 2017 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1800 23rd St. Alamogordo, NM. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to VFW at https://heroes.vfw.org or to the local post at VFW Post 7686, 700 Hwy 70 West, Alamogordo, NM 88310.

Chuck is survived by son, Steve Harris and wife Laura of Alamogordo, NM; son Rick Harris and wife Misty of Abilene, TX; daughter Dawna Scott of Alamogordo, NM; daughter Laura Killebrew and husband Mike of Alamogordo, NM; daughter Heather Garza and husband Randall of Sherman, TX; daughter Amber Harris of Alamogordo, NM; and numerous grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Evelyn Harris; his wife of 53 years Saundra Harris, and daughter Marla Harris.

Chuck was born at home in Martinez, CA in 1937. He joined the US Air Force after high school and toured in Japan and Korea. Coming back stateside, he was stationed in Las Vegas, NV where he married Saundra, the "girl he fell head over heels in love with." In 1972, after serving in the Vietnam War, he was assigned to Holloman AFB. He retired in 1977 after 22 years of service. After receiving his Bachelor's degree from New Mexico State University, he worked as a loan officer and appraiser at First National Bank in Alamogordo. He loved entertaining the community by visiting nursing homes, local businesses and attending charity events performing as a clown. He was also very patriotic, embracing his resemblance to Uncle Sam, and became known in the community as such. He participated in the 4th of July parades, attended schools, military events, etc. passing out US Constitution booklets, American flag lapel pins, and educating his community for the past 25+ years.

He was a devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, with a life full of service including being a Bishop, High Councilman, and Executive Secretary to the Alamogordo district. He also served as a leader of the Boy Scouts of America Troop 127 for many years and loved the outdoors.

He will be missed by all.

To sign the online register book, please visit www.alamogordofuneralhome.org
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from July 28 to Aug. 27, 2017
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