Jimmie Ritter Harris

  • Born: May 24, 1928
  • Died: March 3, 2016
  • Location: Centerville, Iowa

Lange Funeral Home & Crematory LLC

1900 South 18th Street
Centerville, IA 52544

Tel. (641) 856-2000

Tribute & Message From The Family

Jimmie Ritter Harris, age 87, of Centerville, Iowa, passed away Thursday, March 03, 2016 at the Taylor Hospice House in Des Moines, Iowa.

Jimmie was born in Centerville, Iowa on May 24, 1928, the son of James P. Harris and Ruth Ritter Carmer. He attended Centerville High School and graduated with the class of 1945. He then attended A.I.B. in Des Moines, Iowa. He was united in marriage to Fonda Herman of Centerville on December 12, 1948.

Jimmie had an insurance agency in Centerville for many years working alongside his wife, Fonda. He was also a Mason, a Shriner, and a member of the Elks Club.

In his younger days, Jimmie enjoyed hunting, fishing and golfing. In his later years, he enjoyed working in the yard, and drinking coffee with his friends at a local establishment, seeing who could tell the tallest tale. He also enjoyed associating with his friend George Glascock on Sundays, discussing the world's problems. Jimmie will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Jimmie is survived by his wife, Fonda; three children, Bill (Barb) Harris, Deborah Harris, and Mark (Norma) Harris; three grandchildren, Aimee (Mike) Corson, Jacqueline (David) Leight, and Richelle Harris; two step-grandchildren, Shane Weyland and Kelly (Todd) Niese; three great-grandchildren and six step-great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 7:00 PM, Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at Lange Funeral Home and Crematory in Centerville, Iowa with Reverend Dennis Gilbert officiating. A private burial will take place Wednesday, March 9, 2016 in the Oakland Cemetery in Centerville. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at Lange Funeral Home in Centerville, with the family greeting friends from 5-7 PM. Memorials have been established to the First United Methodist Church and may be mailed to Lange Funeral Home, 1900 South 18th St. Centerville, Iowa 52544. Condolences may be shared online at www.langefh.com.


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Posted by Theresa (Carstens) Vidas - W.Palm Beach, FL - Friend   March 16, 2016

Remember Jimmie as a happy and friendly person in our class of 45 and sorry to hear of his passing. We grew up in a culture recovering from the depression and did not take our good fortune of home, food and family for granted. We profited from good teachers of the public schools and a community of citizens and business people who aided in our success at life beyond it.

Posted by Howard DeVore - Eugene, OR - Classmate   March 15, 2016

Sorry for the loss of your father. Karin and I both know how painful a father's passing is. There are no words that we can pass on to ease this pain. But we hope you hold dear and cherish the memories that you have.

Posted by Richard Sweet - Princeton, IA - Friend   March 10, 2016

My prayers are with you and your family. I am so sorry for the loss of your Father.

Posted by Jackie Kirkpatrick - Gardner, KS - Classmate   March 08, 2016

So sorry to hear of your loss thoughts and prayers your way

Posted by Rick Ashby - Shawnee, KS - Classmate   March 08, 2016

So sorry for the families loss, May God guide you through this most difficult time and your memories help ease the pain

Posted by JoAnn Laurson - Centerville, IA   March 08, 2016

Fonda, Bill, Deb, and Mark,

I am so sorry for your loss. Fonda, I've always admired both you and Jimmie. You both always treated me like family. Jimmie was truly a good person and he will be missed by the entire community. Bill, Deb, and Mark, I know the pain of losing a parent and there just aren't words to convey how sorry I am for your loss of your dad. My prayers are with all of you.

Posted by Mike Elliott - Bel Air, MD - Friend   March 08, 2016

I am sorry for the loss of your dad. May the days ahead help you heal and memories take the pain of the loss. Please accept my sincere sympathy and prayers.

Posted by Peggy Broshar Bradshaw - Lee's Summit, MO - Friend   March 08, 2016

Please except our condolences on your loss.
Max Hiatt Family

Posted by Marti Mefferd (Hiatt) - Chariton, IA - Friend   March 07, 2016

Dear Fonda, Bill, Debbie, and Mark; I am so sorry for your loss. I have known Jimmy all my life. He always had a smile and his blue eyes twinkled. I know I will miss seeing him out in his yard working and making it one of the best yards in many a block. Sending prayers and thoughts your way.

Posted by christine perdue    March 06, 2016

Dear Aunt Fonda & Bill, Deb & Mark,

I am Very sorry for your loss. I am so fortunate I
Got to speak to Uncle Jim not too long ago on the phone.
I am sending lots of Love and prayers to all of you during this very sad time.
Say Hello tomSteve Uncle Jim.

Love & Prayers


Posted by Cindy Anderson - North Palm Beach, FL - Family   March 06, 2016

My sincere condolences. So sorry to hear of your loss.

Posted by Deborah Kinnamon - Harris, MO - Friend   March 05, 2016

Dear Fonda, Bill, Debbie, and Mark,
Please accept our sincere sympathy and prayers, and may your loving memories give you peace.

Posted by Dennis & Beverly Sisul Laurson    March 05, 2016