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Rick L. Harris

June 23rd, 1952 – April 21st, 2021

Rick L. Harris of Vermont, IL, passed away at 11:17 pm on April 21, 2021 at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb, IL. He was born on June 23, 1952 in Beardstown, IL, the son Robert and Betty (Green) Harris. Rick married Donalene Seward on September 18, 1976 in Ipava, IL. She survives.

Also surviving is one daughter, Haven (and Jayson) Baudino of Table Grove, and 2 boys that were like grandsons to him, Tommy and Donnie.

Preceding him in death are his parents, sister, Vicki Elgin and his brother, Robert Allen Harris.

Rick was a graduate of Spoon River College. He then served as the secretary Treasurer of Bader & Company Grain Elevator for 22 and a half years. He went on to work at the Vermont State Bank, where he was the head loan officer for 11 years. Since 2003, he worked at the Table Grove State Bank, where he was Vice President, a loan officer and served on the Bank’s board. He also was a 1/3 owner of Spoon River Auction Company and was involved for over 25 years. He served for 10 years as a Vermont Township Trustee. He was a member of the Astoria Lions Club and the Vermont Masonic Lodge #116.

He attended the Vermont Methodist Church where he served on the Pastor Parish Committee and was the Church Auditor for 12 years. He most recently attended The Crossing in Macomb.

His greatest accomplishment was being the best husband and father. All who knew him, loved him. He touched so many lives over the years.

Services will be held at 3 pm on Sunday, April 25, 2021 at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria. Minister David Haney will be officiating. The Vermont Masonic Lodge #116 will provide a Masonic Service. A visitation will take place from 1 to 3 pm on Sunday before the service. Mask and social distancing will be required in the funeral home. Interment will be in the Vermont Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Vermont Fire and Rescue Squad or the Vermont Memorial Ballpark.

Condolences


April 23rd, 2021

So saddened by his passing. He was a great friend and will surely be missed. He touched so many lives. Sending prayers.

April 23rd, 2021

So sorry for the loss of your loved one. Such a caring and friendly man. Will miss seeing him. Becky and Greg

April 23rd, 2021

So sorry for your loss. Rick was a great man. He will be missed. Hugs and Prayers to the family. Bill and Sharon Ackley

April 23rd, 2021

Rick was a gentleman and friend and will be so missed by all whom knew him. Prayers for the family.Randy and Mardeen

April 23rd, 2021

He was a very caring friend. We will miss him! We will continue to pray for the family! With Sympathy, Rick and Kathy Heller

April 23rd, 2021

Sorry to hear. My condolences to Donalene and the family. Denny Humes

April 23rd, 2021

Rick will be missed by many in the community such a wonderful caring man.....Brenda Little

April 23rd, 2021

One of the best taken to soon.. Prayers and hugs sent to the family.. JIM and Vicky Ackley

April 23rd, 2021

Our hearts are broken. Phyllis and Keith Thomas

April 23rd, 2021

So sorry Donalene and family. Will miss our suppers and visits. Prayers. Tana

April 23rd, 2021

Rick was an amazing person,an will be missed by many. prayers and Love to his family.Dennis and Jo Chenoweth

April 23rd, 2021

Our sincere condolences. Mike and Linda Blemler

April 23rd, 2021

No words can describe how saddened I am by Ricks passing. He was always such a great person. Supportive and caring, never judged. He will always be remembered. My deepest and most sincere condolences to Donalene, Haven and all of the family! Sue Miller

April 23rd, 2021

Rick was 1 in a million . Such a kind soul that would do anything to help others... prayers and love sent to the family. MAY God wrap his arms around you all in the days and weeks to come.. Jennifer and Rodney Bollinger

April 23rd, 2021

We send our heartfelt sympathy to Donalene, Haven and your entire family. Don and Marla Butcher

April 23rd, 2021

So very sorry for your loss. Prayers for the family. Dan and Barb Kendrick

April 23rd, 2021

I am deeply saddened to learn of Rick's passing. He truly was a kind and caring man. He was a former neighbor, coworker, and a great friend. I am so sorry for your loss. As I told someone else, your loss is our loss too. Praying God will comfort you in the days and weeks to come. My heart goes out to all of his family. Wanda (Baumgardner) Shannon

April 23rd, 2021

We send our sincere condolences to the family in the loss of a great friend.
Barney and Jane Ogden

April 23rd, 2021

Sending prayers to his family. Such a wonderful man

April 23rd, 2021

My sincere condolences to the family. what a great man! R.I.P. Rick...Julie Peak Doherty

April 23rd, 2021

Our sincere sympathy to Donalene & Haven.💔 Rick was a friend to us both. He will be missed by many. Debbie Douglas & Bob Young

April 23rd, 2021

So sorry for your loss. He was such a wonderful person. Prayers for the family. Becky and Daniel Hamm

April 23rd, 2021

Rick was such a great person. Always had a smile and a kind word to share. Our condolences to Donalene and Haven. Terry and Liz Coleman

April 23rd, 2021

Donalen & Haven, I extend my heartfelt condolences and comforting prayers to you and your family.
Rick was a truly genuine person that will certainly be missed by all who's life he touched.

April 23rd, 2021

So sorry for your loss. Rick was a great guy. Thoughts and prayers to the family. Chuck and Melinda Barclay

April 23rd, 2021

So sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful man. God Bless

April 23rd, 2021

So very sorry for your loss. Rick was not only my banker, but a friend. I enjoyed talking with him about old days and anything that came up. RIP my friend, you will dearly missed. Vicki Shannon

April 23rd, 2021

Rick and I went from first grade thru our second year of Spoon River College together. We were more like brothers than friends, but we were the best of friends. His leaving this earth is now hitting me like a ton of bricks. Rest In Peace my dear friend and go fishing & mushrooming with Henry up in heaven. Glenn....

April 23rd, 2021

Such a nice man!prayers to the family! RIP rick! Leo and paula

April 24th, 2021

Rick was absolutely the best all around. True empathy and compassion for other people. Sorry for his family and many,many friends. My heart goes out to them Linda_beany Windsor

April 24th, 2021

Soo sorry for the family's loss. Sending prayers. -Mary Waller

April 24th, 2021

Rick was my friend, from 4th grade on. We spent a lot of time together after his accident. We shared an apartment in Canton while we went to Spoon River. Time and distance got in our way, but I always felt he was just a call away. Rick held no bitterness and had only friends. Life well led friend..
Matty

April 24th, 2021

Sure gonna miss ya, Rick. One of the best ever put on this Earth. Fly high, my friend! Rod Wilson

April 24th, 2021

Haven so sorry to hear about your Dad. Sending prayers and hugs..Bob and Loretta (Rett) Mummert

April 24th, 2021

Deepest condolences to Rick's wife, daughter, and entire family. May God's love comfort you in your loss. Gary & Cheryl Matteson

April 24th, 2021

I have been thinking and praying for you all. Hugs to Donalene, Haven, and the rest of the family. God will comfort you. Everyone that knew Rick will miss him. Judy Wilson

April 24th, 2021

Such a terrible loss to Donalene and Haven as well as the entire community! From such a wonderful kid to an even greater man! Our prayers and condolences!
Wayne Demott and family

April 24th, 2021

Donalene, I am so sorry for your loss and your family's. My heart goes out to all of you.
David & Kathy (Sherwood) Rhodes

April 24th, 2021

We are greatly saddened by this. Our hearts go out to the family. We will keep them in our prayers. Rick and I have been friends since high school.Emily worked with him, at Baders, for years. Rick will be sorely missed. He was a good man and a Masonic brother.
Mike Hollenback

April 24th, 2021

Saddened to learn about Rick. Will miss our visits at TG Bank. A great friend and man. George and Alcinda Craft

April 24th, 2021

Donalen and Haven, I am so sorry for your loss. You have my sympathy and prayers. Jan Mix

April 24th, 2021

My deepest condolences to Donalene and family. Rick was a great friend and one of the best. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Kim Azbell

April 24th, 2021

Donalen and Haven so sorry to hear of Ricks passing he was a good friend and we had known each other since childhood, our parents were card playing buddies. He will be miss by many. Prayers to you both and send Love.Janet Kelly Heflin family.

April 24th, 2021

Donalene and Haven...Rick was the best!...such a wonderful friend to everyone...he exemplified a Christian heart to everyone he knew...and was such a good friend to dad, he will be missed!...praying for you both and that God gives you peace and comfort through this time in your lives!...Bless you both!.....Samantha Klinedinst

April 24th, 2021

Those of us who grew-up with Rick knew a kid who was a friend to all. Adversity in his young life didn't hinder him from growing into a man that had a significant and positive influence on his community and more importantly, his family. Rest in peace, my friend. Job and Paula Marshall

April 24th, 2021

Condolences to Donalene, Haven, and all of the family. Rick had a heart of gold. No matter who you were or where you came from you were always treated with respect. RIP Rick Harris. Cheryl Reimolds

April 24th, 2021

I didn't see Rick often, but when I visited the bank with my mom he always came out and greeted us. The last time we talked was at a reunion meeting -- Always the gentleman. Kathy Farr

April 24th, 2021

Donalene and Haven, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Rick was a very special person and friend to all that knew him. I always enjoyed working with Rick at Baders and visiting with him whenever we would see him. He will be missed by all of our family. Janice and Bill Shank

April 24th, 2021

My prayers for Donlene and Haven. Sure am sorry to hear this. I have a lot of great memories with Rick. Always enjoyed talking to him.

April 24th, 2021

So extremely sorry for your loss Rick's smile will never fade.

April 24th, 2021

Thinking and praying for Donalene and Haven and all who loved Rick during this difficult time. I will miss him very much and am will always be grateful for all Rick did for me and Norm. - Nobuko Green

April 24th, 2021

Sincere condolences to all if Rick's family.knew this guy many yrs and saddened by his passing. Fly high my friend and know you will be missed by many. Til we meet again. R.I.P. Allan Woodruff.

April 24th, 2021

He was my uncle my mom brother he was a good guy I love spending time at his house hell be well missed

April 25th, 2021

Grief & loss is a hard thing and is being experienced by family, friends and classmates of Rick. Knowing him since jr. h.s., Rick's kind personality and genuineness were two of his consistent traits. He and I were from the VIT Class of 1970. I've only attended one class reunion since graduating, but there were two particular people that I wanted to make sure to see and talk to. One was not at the reunion, but the other was Rick Harris. He was just as I had remembered--kind, respectful and genuine. Our deepest sympathy to Donalene, Haven and families. Rick was one in a million and leaves us with a smile, but a profound since of loss. Sincerely, Steve & Carol (Webb) Birch

April 25th, 2021

Rick was a Masonic Friend and will be missed and always remembered. Prayers the family and friends.

April 25th, 2021

Sending our heartfelt sympathy to your family, hold tight to your memories as they will see you through this time of grief.
Randy and Sharon Parks

April 25th, 2021

So sorry for your loss

April 26th, 2021

So sorry for your loss...May God Bless and hold all of you in His Loving Arms...We grew up together in Vermont and were neighbors when his family lived on Main Street...He was always such a kind and decent person, and his whole family were the nicest people. My sister Brenda was a good friend to his sister Vicky. In later years, we moved away from Vermont, but I know he was a real pillar in the Vermont community and will be missed by many. May your many good memories sustain you through the days ahead. LaRita (Heaton) Maloney

April 28th, 2021

So sorry for your loss. May God wrap his arms around you all to comfort you throughout this very difficult time.
Laurie Smith

May 2nd, 2021

We are sorry to hear of Rick’s passing. He was a great guy. Gale and Annie Beekman.

May 10th, 2021

So sorry for your loss. I remember Rick hanging around with my cousin, Bruce, and all the "fun" they had. I'm sure they're up to something up in Heaven.

May 23rd, 2021

So very sorry for your loss. Brad and Dian Stoneking