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Charles “Chuck” Harris

April 23, 2020 | 7 comments

Charles “Chuck “ Harris died peacefully on April 20, 2020 at Benedictine Manor in La Crosse WI. Chuck was born on Sept. 27, 1927 in St Louis, MO. He met Cathy Lewis while stationed at Camp McCoy. They were married in La Crosse in 1952. After several out of state moves, they settled in WI where they raised their family and spent 65 years of marriage. He was preceded in death by his wife Cathy and survived by his six children Linda, Chris ( Doug) Bade, Steve ( Jolene ), Jeanne, Greg (Deanne), Mary (Mark) Bushek. Four Grandchildren Denver, Corey, Molly Peacock, Lauren Bade. Three Great grandchildren children, Jadon, Laney and Grayson,

Chuck loved the water and the sky. He was a passionate sailor and pilot who proudly served in the Civil Air Patrol. He continued to play softball and fly kites well into his seventies. He loved music and singing show tunes with wife Cathy accompanying on the piano. He practiced daily mediation for forty years.

The family would like to express our gratitude for the great care he received at Benedictine, he loved you all.



  1. Naomi(Stenberg) Williams

    So sorry for your loss.Have such wonderful memories of the family.

  2. Debbie (Rude) Jecklin

    Chris and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Your parents seemed to have a long and vibrant life!

    I have often thought of you and hoped to reconnect with you (if you are my former friend during high school years). I would love to hear from you, if so. My email is listed below.

  3. Lisa Schiek

    My sincere sympathies to the entire Harris family. I have great memories of your Dad, Aunt Cathy and times with your family. He used to occasionally stay at our house when I was little and he was traveling for work. My Dad and Uncle Chuck loved to sing the show songs as you referenced. Their harmony was quite lovely. The ones that I remember them singing the most was “Try to remember the kind of September” and “Dream the impossible dream”. I think of Uncle Chuck everytime that I hear those songs, and I always will. God Bless. Thinking of you all during this difficult time. Love, cousin Lisa

  4. Angie Smithmier Eilers

    Hello Harris cousins – I love you all and think of you often. Your dad was an important part of our early years, and very good to us when we needed him most. Love, Angie

  5. Don Smithmier

    Dear Harris Family – I’m so sorry that we can’t be together with you at this sad time. I have a lot of meaningful memories of Uncle Chuck, your mom, and all of you. Chuck was very important to me after losing my dad. Shagging fly balls for his softball team, playing on the pinball machine in your basement, watching 4th of July fireworks in your backyard. Just knowing we had family nearby was everything. I planted a tree in his honor today at our cabin in NW Wisconsin—right near the one for my mom. It will always make me think of him and all of you.

  6. Hayley Ellie

    Harris Family, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your father, grandfather, friend. I worked with Chuck for almost three years and we truly shared a wonderful bond. I am incredibly grateful I got to work for your father. Some of my favorites memories were taking playing scrabble with him and Cathy, taking him to see Cathy’s gravestone after her passing, and getting large bags of tootsie rolls. Prayers to you and your family during this difficult time.

    • Chris Bade

      Hello Hayley! This is Chris Bade, Chuck Harris’ daughter. I met you several at times at Benedictine when you came to visit with my dad. On behalf of my family and myself , we would like to thank you for your condolences. You and my dad really did share a special bond and he so enjoyed the visits with you. I remember his face just lighting up when you came into his apartment to see him. I know both he and my mother enjoyed the scrabble games and she was always a pretty good player. Thanks for everything that you did for both of them. It was more than just a job for you. You really cared for both of them. I hope thing are going well for you in your new career and that you and your family are staying healthy during these challenging times. Thank you!!


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