DENNIS W. HARRIS | 1945 - 2014 | Obituary

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Born: February 27, 1945
Died: May 13, 2014

Dennis William “Cowboy” Harris, 69, of DeKalb, Illinois, died Tuesday, May 13, 2014, at home, surrounded by loved ones.

Born February 27, 1945, in DeKalb, the son of Kenneth L. and Gladys Augusta (Meints) Harris, Dennis married Frances Fay (Thornberry) Kjenner on August 3, 1985, in Genoa.

Dennis was employed for 27 years by Duplex Products in Sycamore and then went to work for Northern Illinois University in Building Services for 14 years, retiring in 2008.

He was a member of DeKalb Moose Club and enjoyed antique cars and showing his 1937 Ford coupe at car shows. Cowboy also was a fan of country music.

He is survived by his wife, Frances; children, Dennis (Sonji) Harris, Shane (Zachary Fiepke) Harris, Shawna (Paul) Gustafson, Zeb (Hedine) Harris, Charlene (Jim) Peters and Christine Kjenner; nine grandchildren; siblings, Kenny Harris and Andrea Woodyatt; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a son, Dion.

The funeral service will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 18, at Anderson Funeral Home, DeKalb.

Burial will be Monday, May 19, at Fairview Park Cemetery, DeKalb.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Anderson Funeral Home, DeKalb.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Dennis W. Harris Memorial Fund, sent in care of Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, 2011 South Fourth Street, DeKalb, IL 60115.

For information, visit or call 815-756-1022.

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