Harry Arras

August 15, 1922June 26, 2011

Harry M. Arras, 88, of Waterloo, Illinois, born August 15, 1922, in Millstadt Township, Illinois, died June 26, 2011, in Waterloo, Illinois.

Mr. Arras was a loving husband, father, and grandfather, who will truly be missed by all who knew him. He was a member of the Christian Assembly Church in Millstadt, Illinois.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Christina, nee Schrader, Arras; his son, Norman J. Arras; five brothers; and five sisters.

He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Betty, nee Schanz, Arras, of East Carondelet, Illinois; his daughter, Myra (Raymond) Hartgrove, of East Carondelet, Illinois; daughter-in-law, Debra Arras, of Smithton, Illinois; his grandchildren, John (Erica) Arras, of Smithton, Illinois, Julie (Curt) Crossley, of Columbia, Illinois, Amanda (Alex) Kupka, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Kimberly Shaw, of Troy, Illinois, and Valerie Henson, of Fairview Heights, Illinois; his great grandchildren, Benjamin, Ethan, Brianna, Emily, Curt, Jr., Thomas, and Grace; and a sister Viola Wetzel, of Florida.

Memorials are appreciated to Hospice of Southern Illinois or the Alzheimer Association. The family would also like to give a special thanks to the staffs at Oak Hill Nursing Facility, Waterloo, Illinois and Hospice of Southern Illinois. Condolences may also be expressed online at

Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, June 28, 2011, at Lake View Funeral Home, Fairview Heights, Illinois.

Funeral: Services will be held 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at the funeral home, with Rev. Gary Suits officiating. Interment will be held in Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, Illinois. .


  • Visitation Tuesday, June 28, 2011
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, June 29, 2011

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Rachel Hallinan

July 18, 2011

I had the privilege of caring for Harry in Collinsville. He was my buddy, and wonderful to talk to. I am sorry for your loss.

Neil and Judi Cross

July 11, 2011

July, 2011, I remember the 1st time my husband and I met Norman's dad, Harry. It was at Debbie and Norman's wedding. We learned that he was quick with humor and a smile. From his family we learned that he was a good father and a Godly man. We look forward to seeing you again, and rejoice with you in the kingdom that God has prepared for us.
Condolences to all the family.
Neil and Judi Cross (KC.MO)

Ludwig & Lisa Hermann

July 6, 2011

I had the privilege of meeting Bro. Arras at Gospel Assembly Church in St. Louis and have been blessed by knowing him, Sis. Betty, Bro. Norman, Sis Debbie, Julie, Curt, Amanda, and Jonathan.

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. May God and his Son, Jesus, comfort your hearts. May God bless your family.

Richard Williams

June 30, 2011

Arras Family: I was priviledged to know Harry when I worked at the SCS. He was always such a gentleman, and knew his business. I wish I could be there to express my condolences, but am in Europe presently.

Terra Mueth

June 29, 2011

Betty and family, I am truly sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your entire family in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless you all.

Mary Meng

June 28, 2011

Sincere condolences to the Arras family. Harry and Norman did alot of excavation work for our family back in the 1980's. Our children grew to know Harry and Norman and to this day still talk about the time's they spent watching those bulldozers and earthmovers work on our farms near Freeburg. We remember visiting him in the hospital when his legs were broken. Harry didn't let that get the best of him! A life well lived and a beautiful family to leave as his legacy. Peace be with all of you. Kenny and Mary Meng

rebecca hoit-humes

June 28, 2011

brother arras was such a kind man. i loved to hear and see him laugh. he raised a wonderful family. he lived his faith and i will always look up to him and his family.

Myra Hartgrove

June 28, 2011

Dad I "am so proud to have had you for my father.You were the Best. Thank you for always being there for me. I miss you so much.I know that you are in the hands of the lord now,and that gives me comfort.

Kim Shaw

June 27, 2011

Grandpa, I will miss you everyday for the rest of my life. I know that you are safe and at home with God now. I know that you will be with me always and watching over me. You set a wonderful example for our family. Thank you for all of the wonderful memories. I will cherish them always. I love you and I will never forget you. Love, your granddaughter, Annie