Richard Monte Harris
December 20, 1938 – November 18, 2021
Richard “Zeke” Monte Harris born December 20, 1938 passed away peacefully in his sleep on November 17, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
He is survived by his son, Timothy Allen Harris, Tim’s life partner Jessica Marie Serrato of Florida and his children Timothy Harris Jr., Sarah Harris, Mashall Harris and Mathew Harris of Ohio, his youngest Daughter, Daphne Lynn Davis and her daughter Zoey Fogal Davis of Nevada, and his oldest daughter Cindy Lee Harris of California. His is also survived by his siblings Robert Harris and his wife, Donna Harris of Ohio, Dennis Harris and his wife Mirna of New York, Margaret Thomas and her husband Ronnie Thomas of Ohio and many nieces and nephews.
Richard was an Airman Third Class of the US Airforce where he served with the 4238th Field Maintenance Squadron, he served as an officer on the Stark County Deputy Sherriff’s Department, and was an avid sports fan and athlete.
On April 6, 1989, he was among the first enshrines by Greater Stark County Fumbleball Association into the Amateur Sports Hall of Fame located in Canton, Ohio. In addition to this honor, Richard won many awards in fumbleball, softball, and bowling. He was known as the “homerun king” often tagging the ball out of the park right when the team needed it for the win. This is where he got the nickname “Zeke”. He could play any position with ease but was most know for his mean fast pitch and ability to run like the wind. This passion for sports he passed on to the little league teams his son played on and then for a local high school girls basketball team as a volunteer coach.
Not only did Richard enjoy his sports as a pastime, he was always ready to help. Every year he volunteered his time with Toys for Tots Stark County helping to collect toys for children in need. Richard was wealthy in all the ways that matter. He never met a stranger and would help anyone at any time, always. One could say that he was a “give you the shirt of his back” kind of guy.
After his beloved wife Ilene’s passing on March 21, 2016, Richard moved to Las Vegas to live with his youngest daughter, Daphne Davis and her family. There he joined the senior’s only softball team and continued his favorite pastime…. softball.
Now he joins his one and only love, Ilene Mae Harris, in heaven.
RIP, Dad, you will be missed by all who knew you.
Services will be held on December 10, 2021 at 2:45 PM at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery 10175 Rawiga Road, Seville, Ohio 44273 330-335-3069
In lieu of flowers we ask that you make a donation in his name to:
Marine Toys for Tots, Stark County Attn: Jeffrey Weber, Local Campaign Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org (440) 666-7608
Greater Canton Amateur Sports Hall of Fame 1414 Market Ave N., Canton, OH 44714 (330) 453-1552 Tax ID# 34-1315208
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Richard Monte Harris
November 22, 2021
Dad was the hardest working man I know. He loved his family and would do anything for anyone at any time and never complained. No one was more loyal or dedicated than he. You might not always like his methods, but you always knew he had your back.
Some of my favorite memories are of watching him play sports. We spent most summers in the ballpark and even traveled a bit to different tournaments. He was truly a sight to behold when at-bat, or stealing home base while his fans chanted "Go, Zeke, GOOO!" Mom was his biggest fan. You could always find her leading the chant. If there is a softball team in Heaven, you can rest assured that Dad is on it.
Play ball with the angels, now Dad. You deserve it.
Thank you for teaching me forgiveness, courage, how to lead a family, and the value of hard work. Oh and how to drive! You will be missed.