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Raymond G. Harris

June 3, 2022 | 3 comments

Raymond G. “Ray” Harris, 79 of Holmen passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 2, 2022 at home surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born in La Crosse, Wisconsin on March 14, 1943 to Raymond and Beverly (Huxsahl) Harris. He attended Logan High School until his enlistment in the United States Army on March 24, 1960. Upon returning from the Army, he met and married Margaret “Margie” Martell on July 20, 1968.

Ray owned and operated Ray’s Deep Rock in early 1970’s and worked for Williams Petroleum in the early years of their marriage. He found his passion for over-the-road trucking and he went to work for Martin Trucking, Tomah and had received the 1,000,000 mile honor while doing so. He was able to acquire his dream of owning his own rig and owned Harris Trucking until 2005. He went to work until his retirement in 2017 for Olson Trucking.

Dad was definitely the wage earner for his family and while trucking was not an easy job, he made sure his wife and children did not go without.

Ray is survived by his daughters Lisa (Chuck) Mahlum of Holmen, Lori (Kevin) Buckles of Coon Valley and Debbie (Eric) Caligiuri of Des Moines, sons Peter and James Harris of Melrose; grandchildren, Matthew (Holly) Helgerson, Rebecca Buckles, Jenna (Nick) Klum, Amber Heintz, Olivia and Finley Caligiuri, Clarissa (Nic) Ross and Madeline (Matt) Smith; great-grandchildren, Eliza, Emelia, Rayah, Ryan, Conley and Harlyn. He is also survived by his brother’s Robert and Charles Harris; sister-in-law’s Janie Podkalicki and Ellen Martell; brother-in-law’s, Mark (Denise) Martell, Kenny (Mary) Martell as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Margie, infant son, Ricky, his parents, his mother and father-in-law, brothers, Thomas and Dan Harris; brother-in-law’s and Herbert Podkalicki, James, Paul and Pete Martell; sister-in-law, Rachel Martell; grandchildren, Jacqueline and Jessica Heintz and great- grandchild Ryleigh Klum.

The family would like to thank Dr. Adam Skemp and Dr. Jonathan Ticku of Mayo Health as well as St. Croix Hospice for the exceptional care they provided.

There will be a private ceremony held at Mormon Coulee Cemetery.

Coulee Cremation Region Cremation Group, Onalaska, is assisting the family.



  1. Vicki

    So very sorry for you loss❤🙏

  2. Faye Goldsmith

    I am so sorry to see that your Father passed away. Let all your memories help you through this difficult time. Take care.
    Faye Goldsmith

  3. Kathy Swingle

    I am so sorry to see that your Dad has passed. Cancer has taken so many wonderful people! Prayers and hugs!💕


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