Resurrection Funeral Home

40800 Hayes Road, Clinton Township, MI


William R. "Bob" Harris

March 11, 1943March 20, 2012

William Robert ”Bob” Harris age 69, was killed by a drunk driver in a tragic accident in Port Huron March 20, 2012. He was born March 11, 1943 in Detroit, MI . He is survived by his wife Judy and children Tracy (William) Fowlkes-Elijah, Nicole (Michael) Sebastian, Ross Hock, Griffin Hock, and step-son Michael (Diana) Battenfield. He is also survived by his four grandchildren Anthony Fowlkes, William Elijah, Anna Battenfield, and Selah Battenfield. He was the brother of Donald (Leah) Harris and Kenneth (Boby) Harris. Visitation will be Saturday 3:00PM to 9:00PM, with a funeral service Sunday afternoon at 2:00PM at Resurrection Funeral Home 40800 Hayes Road, Clinton Township, MI. 48038.

When someone is identified as a natural leader, certain images come to mind. First thoughts are of a no-nonsense, tough-minded, dedicated and disciplined person. This description accurately fits William R. "Bob" Harris who was indeed a born manager. He will be remembered as being highly organized, practical and realistic. He was a person who always carried a strong sense of duty with him throughout his life. Possessed with traditional “old school” morals, Bob was an individual who clearly communicated to those around him just who he was and what he was all about. Everyone acquainted with Bob knew him as a well-respected man who was a stable force in his community.

William was born on March 11, 1943 at Saratoga Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. His parents were William and Kathleen Harris. Bob was raised in Center Line, Michigan. Even as a youngster, Bob learned to be objective and decisive. His faith in the principles of authority and dependability was something that he carried with him throughout his life.

As a young boy, Bob was able to put his natural abilities to work. He was a bit like the sergeant of the family, helping to make sure that the others did what they should do and that they avoided those things they weren’t supposed to. In other words, he liked to organize and direct. Bob was raised with two siblings. He had two brothers, Don and Ken. Bob had an inborn appreciation for the order in the family, allowing for the oldest members to be the most respected and to take on the most responsibility. For Bob, this was a natural order of life, one he gladly embraced.

Bob's matter-of-fact attitude about most things was developed during his childhood. As a young boy, Bob enjoyed being part of teams, and organizations and groups of other kids who shared similar interests. Bob took part in football. In his spare time he liked cars.

In school, Bob was as close to being a model student as one could possibly imagine. He sought to achieve perfect attendance in all of his classes. He would eagerly complete his homework, and often put in extra study time when he felt it was necessary. A logical and focused thinker, Bob was always good at following directions and meeting his schedules, whether they were set by his teachers or were self-imposed. Bob’s personal motto could well have been, “Do it right the first time.” He graduated from Center Line High School in 1961. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite class in high school was band.

Bob was sociable and approachable. Because he was always so straightforward in how he approached relationships, friends and family knew that what they saw was always what they got. He enjoyed the camaraderie of being with a group of friends. When Bob was a member of a group, his interaction worked to keep the others grounded. He wasn’t afraid to confront his friends and, when necessary, he challenged them to stick to the task at hand. Those close to Bob came to expect his high standards of performance. While growing up, some of his best friends were Bill Simons, Wendell Payne, and many more.

An objective and conscientious individual, Bob reveled in the security of his family. On May 20, 1986 Bob exchanged wedding vows with Judith (Judy) E. Hunziker Battenfield at the New Life Church of Pine Bluff, Arkansas. One of Bob’s most endearing qualities was his uncanny ability to remember important dates and anniversaries, and his unending enthusiasm for organizing a celebration for his family and friends.

Bob was ever watchful of his children. He worried about them and was deeply concerned for their development as they grew up. He maintained a firm hand in their upbringing. Bob would give his stamp of approval to their requests, as long as he could see how they might benefit. He also had the ability to enforce the rules as needed to ensure that his children were properly raised. Bob was blessed with four children and one step-child, two daughters, Tracy and Nicole, sons, Ross and Griffin, and step-son Michael. They were also blessed with four grandchildren, Anthony, William, Anna, and Selah.

Being a hard worker who praised efficiency, Bob was always striving to make improvements where they were necessary. He was able to analyze situations and problems, keeping everything and everyone on track. An excellent project supervisor, Bob was a person who could quickly make decisions based on the information available. He worked cooperatively and expected the same from his colleagues. In both his personal and professional environments, Bob upheld his standards. His primary occupation was real estate agent, broker, and owner. He was employed for he was an agent since 1973. Bob was a team player who certainly lived out the motto of “give me a job, and I will get it done.”

Bob approached his leisure time in the same manner that he approached his life. A person who enjoyed being neat and orderly and one who understood the nature of things, he appreciated the hours he was able to devote to his various hobbies. His favorite pursuits were cooking, cars, and family. Bob was content to enjoy his favorite pastimes alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

Playing by the rules was a natural thing for Bob to do in life and that carried over to his enjoyment of sports. In high school, Bob played football. He also was something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were hockey.

Being generous with his time and energy, Bob liked to belong to a variety of groups and organizations. He was a vocal leader who enjoyed being a part of things. His desire to uphold traditions and his ability to take charge of any type of project made him a tremendous asset. In high school, Bob was a member of the band and choir. Throughout his later years, Bob was an active member of the Lion's Club and many church affiliations.

A civic-minded person, Bob was usually ready to jump in and help with community activities. He was the type of person who could masterfully organize events and projects and then see to it that they were run in an efficient and timely manner. Bob was a member of several community groups, including serving on committees for the WCR. During these years, Bob applied his analytical intellect to problem solving and so was an asset on most committees.

Faith was important to Bob. He held high moral standards and was worried about the moral decay he saw around him. For that reason he held deep spiritual beliefs that he was willing to share. He was a member Klein United Methodist Church in Spring, Texas for 3 years, having just moved back he was now attending St. Paul's U. M. C. In Rochester, Michigan.

When it came time to travel or take a vacation, Bob used his scheduling expertise to make sure everyone and everything was ready to go. That also meant that he made certain no single person was overworked in putting the trip together. Bob had a knack for making sure that everyone who was involved had their specific tasks and that those tasks were completed. Favorite vacations included anything with his family.

Bob was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Bob’s favorites was Callie, a cat. They were best friends for 17 years.

Bob "retired" in 2010, but never really retired. He used his critical evaluation skills to make sure that every detail had been preplanned and attended to. His new life involved relocating to Shelby Township, Michigan. In retirement, he found new pleasure in starting a new company with Judy. In many ways, Bob loved retirement. It provided him with the opportunity to catch up with his friends, attend functions and group outings, and tackle new interesting activities.

Bob was killed by a drunk driver who was speeding on March 20, 2012 in Port Huron, Michigan. He is survived by his wife Judy and children Tracy (William) Fowlkes-Elijah, Nicole (Michael) Sebastian, Ross Hock, Griffin Hock, and step-son Michael (Diana) Battenfield. He is also survived by his four grandchildren Anthony Fowlkes, William Elijah, Anna Battenfield, and Selah Battenfield. He was the brother of Donald (Leah) Harris and Kenneth (Boby) Harris. Services were held at Resurrection Funeral Home in Clinton Township, Michigan on Sunday, March 25, 2012. Bob was laid to rest in Cadillac Memorial Gardens East in Clinton Township, Michigan.

All who knew him would agree that Bob was a pillar of the community. He lived his life with his feet firmly on the ground. He had a strong work ethic, was pragmatic in his thoughts and acts, and constantly sought the means for self-improvement. He was willing to share his ideas and knowledge for the benefit of others, so that they could accomplish more in their lives. William R. "Bob" Harris did his best to ensure that his family, friends, loved ones, co-workers, and everyone whose life he touched was given the chance to become a better person.


  • Visitation

    Saturday, March 24, 2012

  • Visitation

    Sunday, March 25, 2012

  • Funeral Service

    Sunday, March 25, 2012


William R. "Bob" Harris

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Glenda Joya

April 25, 2012

Mr. Harris you are missed dearly. Thank you, for all the advice and help in the Real Estate business. I will miss you my friend....... May God be with your family through this painful moment. My condolences go out to Mrs. Harris and the family.

Gary Verhulst

April 1, 2012

Judy I did a lot of plumbing for Bob when he had the barber shop in CenterLine I will put you and your family on my prayer list.Gary Verhulst

March 27, 2012

Dear Judy and Family,

I'm so sorry to hear of the tragic accident of Bob and of your loss. No words can adequately express the loss of such a dear man and family member. He will live eternally in your memories.

May God's love surround you and comfort you during this difficult time of adjustment. Judy, you and your family are in our prayers.

Fondly, Garry and Mary Watson
St. Paul's UMC - Family Life Class

Bobbie Jensen

March 27, 2012

Couldn't believe what happened I was saddened will surely miss your smile at work. You were such a kind and wonderful person, easy to talk to and get to know.I surely will miss you. You and your family are in my prayers

Julia Halpin

March 27, 2012

Bob reinforced the legacy that I hope to leave which is to go out in the world every day sharing your Love, Joy and Passion and indulging others in theirs. In the end, that is ALL that matters and that is how we live a positive life and positively impact others. He left a beautiful mark on this world and there are no words to express the depth of tragedy in his passing. My heart and prayers go out to all who knew him. I know he will watch over us all.

March 27, 2012

Dear Judy,

Louise and I are so sorry to hear of your loss. Know that you and your family are in our prayers. I pray that the Lord would give you His peace and comfort during this time.

Allen Hughes

Flori Meeks

March 26, 2012

I'll always appreciate the kindness and encouragement Bob showed my family and I while we were trying to sell our house. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

March 26, 2012

What a great Person and Outstanding Salesman. He worked with us at Deed Realty a few times over his life and was always a pleasure to work alongside. He will be Sadly Missed. Rest in Peace "BOJU".Jim & Cindy at Deed Realty.

Jessica Grain

March 26, 2012

Dear Bob,
I had the honor of meeting you on a lunch break while test driving. I could see right away you were such a kind man and loved life and getting to know people. When I saw that it was you who passed because of such a senseless act, I cannot express how deeply saddened I am. The night we met you shook my hand and said God Bless you. So I just want to say 'God Bless You Bob' and thank you for touching my life in such a memorable way in the short time we had together. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Alice & Mic Shaeffer

March 25, 2012

So very sorry for your senseless loss. Prayers to you and your family.

Alice and Mic Shaeffer from St. Paul's Family Life Class