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Christopher M. Harris

Chris passed away Wednesday, May 6, 2020 in Otsego.

He was born April 2, 1984 in Plainwell, the son of Michael and Katrina (Snyder) Harris. Chris worked at Parker Hannifin for 15 years and had also driven truck locally. For several years he was a fire fighter for the Otsego Fire Department.

Chris enjoyed fishing, target shooting and was a ham radio enthusiast. He was also very handy and liked fixing radio equipment and cars. Most of all he loved being a dad and spending time with his children and family. In 2008 in Otsego he married Rebecca Cantwell who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Christopher, Isabella and Aubrey Harris; his parents, Michael Harris and Katrina Harris; brother Craig (William) Foote; grandfather; Bill Harris; uncle, Dan; aunts, Deb, Sandy, Georgie and Elizabeth “Buffy” along with many cousins.

A private funeral service will be held Saturday, May 9, 2020. A link to stream the service will be active at 2pm on Saturday May 9, 2020 here:

https://webcasts.lifetributes.com/1066509

Cremation will follow.

A public memorial service will be held at a later time.

Contributions in memory of Chris may be made to a scholarship fund for his children.

Messages of condolence may be posted and live streaming information for the service may be found at

www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.

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Amber

May 6, 2020 at 5:56 pm

My heart is broken for you Rebecca, i am so sorry, you and the kids will be in our prayers.

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Erin Dembowski

May 6, 2020 at 6:00 pm

Sending lots of love to your family. Praying for peace and understanding in your time of heart break.

I love you guys. <3

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Julie

May 6, 2020 at 9:04 pm

My deepest condolences to YOUR Family! His mother Kathy was a childhood friend of mine and my sister Carrie’s best friend

There are no words other than May GOD be with You all comfort, Peace & Love

So very sorry

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Glenda Strojny

May 6, 2020 at 9:15 pm

My condolence goes out to the Harris family. I have known Chris since childhood and my heart is broken. Praying God wraps his arms around the family and gives them comfort.

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Barb Schreuder

May 6, 2020 at 10:14 pm

I am so sorry for your loss. May the memories of the good times you shared help ease your pain.

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Lonnie & Carol Hampton

May 6, 2020 at 10:18 pm

We r so sorry to hear about Christopher. What a shocker! Our thoughts and prayers r with you Rebecca and your family. And Michael and Katrina , our hearts reach out to you also. It is not easy losing your son. We never understand why god takes people when he does. We r only on this earth a short time. He is now with our Heavenly Father. We hopefully can get Some peace knowing that. It still doesn’t take away the hurt and the pain. Prayers and hugs go out to you all. Lonnie and Carol Hampton

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Chris Kelsey

May 6, 2020 at 10:22 pm

Our prayers go out to the Harris family. May the peace of God be with you. RIP Chris

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Jamie

May 6, 2020 at 10:35 pm

My heart is broken for you and the family. I graduated with Chris and served on OFD with him. He will be missed. He had a big heart and loved his family.

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Amy Nieuwenhuis

May 6, 2020 at 11:25 pm

Lots of my love for you all today and praying for lots of wonderful memories to fill your heart. So very sorry for your loss.

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Kay

May 7, 2020 at 12:08 am

Kathy

Larry and I send our deepest condolences to you and the family.

Prayers for comfort in your time of need.

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Rick solomon

May 7, 2020 at 1:48 am

I’m so sorry for your Loss I worked side by side with chris for 12 years at parker..he was a awsome guy and will be missed..my prayers and condolences go out to his wife and family

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Lori Bronkema

May 7, 2020 at 5:51 am

I am so sorry for your loss. May the wonderful memories help fill your heart. My Love, thoughts, and prayers are with all of you.

Hugs!

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Vickie and Rico

May 7, 2020 at 7:04 am

Our deepest sympathies to you Rebecca and to your children. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

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Jena Jacobs

May 7, 2020 at 8:01 am

I’m so very sorry for your tremendous loss. Prayers and love for your entire family. Praying that your many memories will give you comfort and peace.

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Sue Parsons

May 7, 2020 at 9:14 am

You’re in my thoughts, So sorry for you and the kids.

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Dawn Griffith

May 7, 2020 at 9:18 am

I am so sorry for this tremendous loss. We are praying that you feel God’s arms around you as you grieve. Try to hold tight to the good memories that you’ve had. You and your kiddos will continue to be in our prayers.

Big hugs from the Griffiths!

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Jeff & Carol

May 7, 2020 at 12:52 pm

So sorry for your loss, strength and prayers during this time ..

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Bruce Moran

May 7, 2020 at 1:28 pm

My heart is broken, Chris was a great guy father, Son and friend he will be missed, I met Chris when he joined the fire department and we became fast friends. I was honored to be his best man at his wedding and to spend time with his family. May the lord wrap his arms around y’all and hold you tight during this time. If I can do anything for y’all please let me know.

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joe

May 7, 2020 at 1:58 pm

You will be greatly missed chris I worked next to you every day and all I had to do was ask for help and you were right there with no harsh words no matter if your day was going bad or not you thought me a lot all my prayers for your family and loved ones,I will miss your friendship you were like my 2nd son,heaven will be a better place with you there

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Tracy Galloway

May 7, 2020 at 2:15 pm

So sorry for your loss, praying for healing and strength at this time.

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John MILZ

May 7, 2020 at 6:30 pm

Mike and family,

I’m so sorry for your loss . Mike everything you shared with me about Chris , he was a great guy and amazing father. I don’t have the words . Sending thoughts and prayers your way !

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Ruby (Conley) Rogers

May 7, 2020 at 10:14 pm

I’m sorry for the kids and wife of Chris, we were childhood friends from otsego he was always a good friend we were friends in elementary together through highschool but more in elementary and middle school, I’m praying for his wife and children at this time and may the Lord comfort you at this time. Chris always was so friendly and just was always fun to chat with and smart.

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Mike Linders

May 8, 2020 at 5:46 am

I am very sorry for your loss. Chris was a great guy.

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Renee Palumbo

May 8, 2020 at 10:16 am

Rebecca, our hearts go out to you and your family! Your all in our thoughts and prayers.

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Georgia H Snyder

May 8, 2020 at 2:19 pm

Our Love and Hugs to you Becca and the kids, Kathy Mike, Craig. He was a wonderful husband and father!! Love Aunt Georgia(Georgie)and Uncle Larry

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Dana Rogers

May 8, 2020 at 2:55 pm

I am so sorry to hear about this loss. He sure has created such a beautiful family. and within them his love lives on. Thinking of you all..

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Krista Sherman

May 8, 2020 at 9:22 pm

My deepest thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I knew Chris for 25 years and worked with him for 5. He was a great guy and deeply devoted to his family. He will be missed very much.

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Joanne

May 8, 2020 at 9:26 pm

Becca, I am so sorry to hear of this sudden loss of Chris. May you and your children find peace and comfort in the days ahead. Hold tight to the memories of all that you shared as a family. From one of your former retail coworkers.

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Rochelle Wieber

May 9, 2020 at 3:18 am

I’m so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers and hugs to your family.

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The Cahoon Family

May 9, 2020 at 1:46 pm

There are no words to say how sorry we are for your loss. If there is ANYTHING we can do, please let me know. We are here for you guys. Truly, we can’t imagine the pain your family is in. We are praying for you all

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Racheal

May 9, 2020 at 1:59 pm

Our deepest sympathy. Dwayne served on OFD with Chris for many years and our neighbor and friend for many years. Hugs and lots of love Becca and kids

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Jeff laylon

May 9, 2020 at 1:59 pm

Im so sorry Christopher left us way to early i have many fond memories of chris served with him several years on otsego fly high my friend until we meet again rip

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Sandra Harris

May 9, 2020 at 2:35 pm

I’m so sorry for your loss it was a nice service for Christopher we are all gonna miss him a lot I’m here if you need anything or someone to talk to again I’m so sorry for your sending all my thoughts and prayers to you all

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Matthew Harry

May 11, 2020 at 10:11 am

I too was on OFD with Chris and found him to be so kind, and he had a huge heart for serving people.

Whenever someone passes away, there are always those comments made about how great someone was. With Chris it was very true. He would have given you the shirt off his back even without having a replacement for himself.

I also enjoyed watching him interact with his family when my son played flag football in the same league as his son Christopher. It was obvious his family meant so much to him and there was plenty of love to go around for them all.

I will summarize Chris’s character with a Bible verse he emulated well. Matthew 23:11 “The greatest among you shall be your servant.”.

That was Chris.

My prayers will be going out for the family.

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Tammy and Kevin DeRyke

May 12, 2020 at 6:24 pm

I am so sorry for your loss, I use to work with young fella ! To his wife and children my deepest condolences my heart and prayers are with all of family and friends!!!!!!!

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Lisa Sutton

May 13, 2020 at 9:21 pm

Michael, I was shocked and heartbroken to see that your son has passed away I can’t imagine the heartbreak you are experiencing losing a child. My thoughts are with you.

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