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Obituary – Leon “Lonnie” Harris


Leon (Lonnie) A. Harris went to be with Jesus on March 30, 2023, at the age of 74. He was born in St. Louis on January 24, 1949, to Foster Leon Harris and Edna L. (Jung) Harris Hinkle.

Lonnie graduated from Licking High School in 1966 and went to college a short time before joining the U.S. Navy, where he served aboard the USS Kitty Hawk for two cruises during the Vietnam War.

After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy, he worked for Chrysler Corporation in robotic repair until his retirement. In his free time, he enjoyed operating heavy equipment on his hobby farm, converting trees to firewood, gardening and target practicing with his grandsons.

Lonnie was a lifelong Lutheran. Most recently he was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Pevely, Mo.

Lonnie is survived by his wife, Kathleen Harris; his three children, Tom Harris, Tia (Ron) Levall, and Tim (Terry) Harris; two grandchildren, Foster and David Harris; along with three brothers, Rick (Lois) Harris; Robin (Wanda) Harris, and Randy (Lisa) Harris, and one sister, Alana Sue (Ray) Baumgarth.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. on April 10, 2023, at Jefferson Barracks in St. Louis.


  1. Diane Harris Yanczer on April 4, 2023 at 1:10 pm

    My first memory of Lonnie was seeing him in his sailor uniform. He was a kind and generous man and he will be greatly missed. Sending love and light to his family and to Rick, Robin, and Randy known affectionately as “Leon’s boys.”

  2. Norma Sutton on April 6, 2023 at 10:37 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of my cousin Lonnie. He was an awesome guy. He will definitely be missed I remember as a kid going to family reunions and we would sing When Lonnie comes marching home again hurrah hurrah. There are great memories of our family reunions. Rest in peace Lonnie. Love you. Your cousin Norma

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