Gerald Leon “Jerry” Harris, 81, of Zionsville, Indiana, passed away on Monday, February 20, 2023, at Zionsville Meadows. He was born in Indianapolis, on April 18, 1941, a son of the late Victor and Louise (Kehrer) Harris.
On October 7, 1961, he was married to Sharon M. (Wright) Harris at the Salem Lutheran Church in New Augusta. She survives.
Raised in Indianapolis, Jerry was a graduate of Lawrence Central High School. He worked twenty-nine years for Chrysler Corporation as the Security–Fire Marshall; however, the month of May, Jerry could be found at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as a Pit Fireman. He retired from both companies. During retirement, Jerry served as the Boone County Coroner from 2009 – 2012. He was dedicated to his community, volunteering as an EMT for Zionsville Emergency Ambulance and Zionsville Fire Department. He also devoted his time to the Zionsville Police Department Reserve and the Boone County Sheriff Department. Between these organizations, he logged nearly 100 years of community service.
Jerry enjoyed mushroom hunting, fishing, and playing golf. He and Sharon loved spending time at their lake house in Parke County. Above all, the most important thing to Jerry was his family, he was a devoted husband and father.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Sharon M. Harris; two children, Mark (Kim) Harris of Brownsburg and Ann (Kurt) Bredensteiner of Westfield; and a brother, Larry (Darleen) Harris of Zionsville.
Funeral Services are planned for 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 25, 2023, at Myers Mortuary, 1502 North Lebanon Street, in Lebanon, Indiana. Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service. Interment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lebanon.
Memorials may be directed in Jerry’s memory to the Zionsville Fire Department, 100 North Ford Road, Zionsville, IN 46077 or to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, New York 10163.