[Tall-Corn] Allen Harris obituary

Scott Van Gorp svangorp at nfbi.org
Sat Aug 13 01:14:38 UTC 2022

Here's the obituary. I've copied the link but also pasted the text below. It
doesn't look like the stream link is on the tribute wall yet, but we'll keep
watching for it. 


Allen C. Harris Obituary - Visitation
bituaryInfo> & Funeral Information (voranfuneralhome.com)





Allen Connie Harris, born October 23,1945 in Fresno California, passed away
in comfort and peace on August 10, 2022. He was 76 years old.

Allen was raised in the Detroit Metro area. He was born with congenital
glaucoma, resulting in partial blindness. Blindness, however, was a
characteristic which influenced but did not define his future. He was a
bright, tenacious, and active child and teen. He attended the Michigan
School for the Blind in Lansing, where he was a champion wrestler. At age
fifteen, he sustained an injury during a match, losing his remaining sight.

He went on to attend Wayne State University, where he graduated Magna Cum
Laude. He earned his degree in history. He married, began teaching social
sciences, was a wrestling coach at Fordson, Dearborn High, and Edsel Ford
High School before starting a family.

For more than 50 years, Allen was an extremely active member of the National
Federation of the Blind. He passionately served in various leadership roles,
including being elected to the Board of Directors.

Retiring after 35 years of teaching, Allen found an entirely new and
rewarding career. He and his wife Joy moved to Albany where he served as
Assistant Director of the New York Commission for the Blind. He later went
on to become Director of Blind Services for the state of Iowa. Allen was
recognized for his distinguished service by the National Governors

To be certain, the accomplishment of which he was most proud and delighted
most in, was his family. He would frequently orate to anyone who would
listen, the most current details and activities of his children and
grandchildren. Truly, his happiest days, were spent on trips and vacations
where he could listen to the sound of the ocean, surrounded by family,
discussing current events and of course, Michigan and Alabama college

Allen was preceded in death by his wife of 28 years, Joy Kiffner Harris, his
parents, William and Doris (Ruth) Harris, and by the mother of his three
children, Sue Kesselring Harris.

He is survived by his daughters Jennifer Harris of Ann Arbor, Kathryn Harris
Palmer of Garden City (Nick) and sons Eric Harris (Nicole) of Livonia and
Bryan and Scott Parobek of Birmingham Alabama. Affectionately named Papa by
his grandson Drew, Allen has twelve grandchildren.
Scott, Jamielyn, Taylor, Alyssa, Drew, Nicholas, Braxton, Bryson, Matthew,
Collin, Brooklyn and Samantha. He is also survived by his sister, Paula
Harris of Fresno California and his two nieces, Polly and Abby Bispo.

He is also survived by his sisters in law Jay Cobbs and Ruthann Kiffner of
Birmingham, Alabama.

Allen was a giant of a man, and he will be forever missed by those who knew
and loved him.

Remembrances can be made in care of Eric Harris: 18903 Comstock Livonia, MI

Visitation Tuesday, August 16, 2022 from 2:00- 8:00 p.m. at the Dearborn
Chapel of Voran Funeral Home, 23701 Ford Road. (313) 278-5100. Funeral
service Tuesday 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home. A live stream of the funeral
service will be provided for the public. Please go to Allen's tribute wall
on his obituary page and a link will be available. Please share memories
and/or leave condolences on Allen's tribute wall.




Tuesday, August 16, 2022

2:00PM - 8:00PM

Voran Funeral Home - Dearborn Chapel
23701 Ford Rd.
Dearborn, MI 48128

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Tuesday, August 16, 2022


Voran Funeral Home - Dearborn Chapel
23701 Ford Rd.
Dearborn, MI 48128

Get Directions

999800> View MapTextEmail



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