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Geo. H. Lewis & Sons Funeral Directors

1010 Bering Drive, Houston, TX

OBITUARY

Gerald L. "Jerry" Harris

January 18, 1925March 15, 2020

Gerald Lawrence Harris, born on the 18th of January 1925, in Cleveland, Ohio, went to be with our Heavenly Father on Sunday, the 15th of March 2020, at the age of 95. His final hours were spent under the caring hands of Houston Hospice.

As a pilot of a B24 bomber during the Pacific Theatre of World War II, Gerald flew 49 heroic missions and subsequently received numerous accommodations including the Purple Heart, Presidential Citation, Air Medal with 3 Oak Clusters, Bronze Star, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, Philippine Liberation Ribbon and the American Campaign Medal.

Upon his return, he attended UCLA where he received his Bachelor’s of Science, followed by a Masters Degree in Business Administration. He also later attended Case Western School of Law. Gerald eventually moved to Chicago where he began his career in the hospital industry and met his adoring wife, Kathy. They soon moved to Houston to continue his career as a Hospital Administrator at The Methodist Hospital in the Texas Medical Center. Upon leaving the Hospital, he moved into the private consulting sector. In his final years, Gerald enjoyed spending time at the HBU Bradshaw Wellness Center and various study groups at Congregation Beth Israel.

Gerald is preceded in death by his parents Albert and Sidelle Himmelstein and brother George Himmelstein. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Katherine and their two children, Jerry (Andrea) Malin and children Alex and Easton; Tracey (Scott) Gabel-Koehne and children Reagan Gabel and Roman Koehne; David (Sharon) Harris and children Neil (Astrid and son Oscar) and Laura; Cyndee Rae (Tony) Estrada; Ronald (Melinda) Harris; Kenneth (Mary) Harris and children Keith, Emma and Lizzy.

A memorial service is to be conducted at half-past eleven o’clock in the morning on Wednesday, the 18th of March, in the Gordon Chapel of Congregation Beth Israel, 5600 N. Braeswood Boulevard in Houston, where Rabbi David Lyon, Senior Rabbi, and Rabbi Adrienne P. Scott, Associate Rabbi, are to officiate. For those wishing to view the service via live streaming, please go to www.beth-israel.org and click on the livestream tab.

Prior to the memorial service, the family will have gathered for a private interment at Congregation Beth Israel Memorial Garden in Houston.

In lieu of customary remembrances, memorial contributions in his name may be directed toward Houston Hospice, 1905 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX 77030 (http://www.houstonhospice.org/donate.aspx)

Birth is a beginning and death a destination; But life is a journey, a sacred pilgrimage, Made stage by stage...To life everlasting.

Services

  • Memorial Service Wednesday, March 18, 2020

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Rabbi Dovid Goldstein

March 23, 2020

Jerry was a dear friend who helped me grow Chabad of West Houston into what it is today. He was the founding administrator who coached me to fulfill my dreams of having a synagogue. I am so happy that he was able to participate at the closing of the new building in July 2016. We will always remember you Jerry. Zei gezunt Yehudah Leib Ben Rivka.
May his family be comforted by G-d almighty.

Gerry Kersey

March 18, 2020

Having met Jerry Harris a number of years ago, I would like to offer my condolences. We both had numerous conversations regarding his WWII service. First of all, Jerry was a bombardier with the 320th Bomb Squadron (Whale Tails) 90th Bomb Group (H). Having seen the log book of his missions, I can say that he took pride in having done his job well. The term used for the veterans that have passed is Headed West. The attached image is of him along with the Edward Lloyd aircrew. Fly free my friend. You are now beyond the pain you dealt with for all these years.

Gerry Kersey
Houston, Tx.

patrick mcnamara

March 17, 2020

Thank you Gerald for helping save this country with your bravery. May God grant you everlasting peace.

JP Pritchard

March 17, 2020

We studied with Jerry during Beth Israel Torah studies and always enjoyed his comments. He was a wise soul (a mensch) and a fierce defender of the nation he fought for in World War II. He leaves behind a significant wake in the cosmos of the living and will bring a fresh wave of steadfast love to the shores of the eternal garden.

Terry Hatton

March 17, 2020

Gerald (Jerry) Harris (Thank you for your Service)
And for so many wonderful years you gave to so many of us.
My heart go's out to your Wife and Family.
Just wanted you to know so many of us loved Mr. Gerald Jerry Harris
And he will be so missed by so many. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful man with us all. I remember the day you gave me one of your Military Metals of Honor. I told you should give this to your daughter are son. You said your like a daughter to me. You really touched my heart like you have so many. We will all miss you at the Bradshaw Fitness Center. You are so loved always and forever, Terry Hatton

Sharon Y Harris

March 17, 2020

Jerry visiting family in Sydney, Australia,
with son David at Sydney Harbour. 2005

Sharon Harris

March 17, 2020

Jerry in Chicago in 1999, visiting grandson, Neal & granddaughter Laura.

David Harris

March 17, 2020

See the photo image for text of memory, Life and Death and Life.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY