Leroy Harris

May 20, 1938 ~ June 4, 2022 (age 84)

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Leroy Harris, age 84, of Hammond / Griffith, Indiana, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 4, 2022. Leroy is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, JoAnn; 4 children: Mickey (Lisa) Harris, Kelly (Toby) Jamison, Scott (Jody) Harris, and Kasey (Jason) Kendall; grandchildren: Andrew (Megan), Tyler, Madison, Shannon (Mick), Ava, Dylan, and Kaiden; great-grandchildren: Landon and Jamison; sister: Lena Kraus; sister-in-law: Jeanne Cvitkovich; brother-in-law: John R. (Kathy) Cvitkovich; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins that adored him.

A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 am on Wednesday, June 15, 2022 at St. James Catholic Church, Highland, IN with Father Gregory Bim-Merle officiating. Visitation will take place at 10:00 am until the time of the mass at 10:30 at Church.

Leroy was born in Aiken, Illinois and moved to Hammond in 1944. He graduated from Hammond Tech in 1957 and then proudly served in the Indiana National Guard. Leroy and JoAnn were married in January 1961 and he became a father in December of that same year. A vital part of their marriage and family life was the consistent and sincere practicing of their Catholic faith. After 42 years in the steel industry he retired from Bethlehem Steel in 2000 and sincerely missed his “Crew of Brothers” and the work he loved. Leroy and JoAnn also shared a passion for collecting and restoring antiques. He will always be remembered for his wit and charm but his devotion to our family will be forever cherished. A special thank you to the wonderful Community Hospital 3rd Floor West/ICU staff and to the professional, caring staff at the William J. Riley Hospice Residence in Munster. In lieu of flowers, donations in Leroy’s memory are requested to Hospice of the Calumet Area, 600 Superior Ave., Munster, IN 46321 or to St. James Catholic Church, 9640 Kennedy Ave., Highland, IN 46322.  To send an online condolence, logon to:

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June 15, 2022

10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
St. James the Less
9640 Kennedy Avenue
Highland, IN 46322

Mass of Christian Burial
June 15, 2022

10:30 AM
St. James the Less
9640 Kennedy Avenue
Highland, IN 46322


Hospice of the Calumet Area
600 Superior Avenue, Munster, IN 46321,

St. James the Less Catholic Church
9640 Kennedy Avenue, Highland IN 46322
Tel: 1-219-924-4220

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