Obituary of Augustus "Gus" Harris
Augustus Edward “Gus” Harris, 79, of Bay City, our knowledgeable, hardworking, and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend, was born into eternal life on the morning of Sunday, August 26, 2018 at his home. Gus was born on September 16, 1938 in Essexville, the son of the late Augustus and Sarah (Shorkey) Harris. Gus graduated from Bay City Central and went on to receive his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Maintenance. During the summer of 1956, while walking home from Steven’s Dairy on Third Street, Gus met the former Colleen Cox. They dated, fell in love, and were united in marriage on May 9, 1959. Gus was President of the United Cement and Gypsum Workers and went on to retire from General Motors. Those who knew Gus, knew of his love of watching football and baseball, cruising in his Corvette, taking long Sunday rides to the casino, and hunting deer, turkeys, partridges, and bears. He was a member of the Bay Valley Corvette Club and holds the title of the Biggest Bear in Oscoda County in 2001; the bear was displayed in Lansing. Above all, Gus will be remembered for the love he had for his family, and will be missed dearly. Gus leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of 59 years, Colleen; their children, Laurie Harris, Bud Harris, and Michael (Zoe) Harris; grandchildren, Sarah Harris, Buddy (Elizabeth) Harris, Patricia Harris (Jessica Li), Russel Harris, Bailey Martens, and Kenneth Mochrie; great-grandchildren, Alayah Jones, Xavioh Barber, Olivia and Flint Harris; brothers, Donald Harris and Richard Harris, along with several cousins, nieces, and nephews. In addition to his parents, Gus was welcomed home to heaven by his sister, Elane (Paul) Andre; sister-in-law, Georgeanne Harris, and his in-laws, Agnes and Joseph Cox. Gus' family will be present to receive visitors on Saturday, September 1, 2018 from 10:00 AM until his 11:00 AM Tribute Ceremony at Skorupski Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 955. N. Pine Rd., Hampton Twp. Fr. Dale Orlik will officiate with a Life Celebration Cocktail Hour & Reception immediately following in The Wesley Room at Skorupski's. The Rite of Committal will be held privately in Floral Gardens Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed the wishes of the family. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family online at www.skorupskis.com.