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Wesley Simpson Harris, III

December 7, 1946 — January 8, 2023

Wesley Simpson Harris, III, Martinsville, passed away January 8, 2023, after a lengthy battle with kidney failure. Mr. Harris was born December 7, 1946, in Vincennes, Indiana, to the late Wesley Simpson Harris, Jr. and Edith (Foreman) Harris. He married Erika (Keil) Harris on December 19, 1970, and she survives.

Wesley attended school in Bicknell until the family moved to Indianapolis during his senior year of high school, and he graduated from Howe High School. He proudly served in the United States Army. A longtime member of the Local Union 440, Wesley was a master plumber/pipefitter for close to 50 years. He was a well-respected tradesman who trained and groomed many pipefitters. He retired in 2006 from BMW Constructors. Wesley never met a stranger, and his quick, dry wit was a beloved trait that created lasting friendships. He was an accomplished woodworker and made many gifts for friends and family, including butterfly houses, cutting boards, and furniture. He was a member of the American Legion Post #230 in Martinsville and the French Club in Bicknell. Always proud of his roots and his heritage, Wes was the family man who made sure reunions occurred and that family members stayed connected. He will be fondly remembered by his loved ones and many friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Carolyn Sue Vahl.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Erika Harris; sister, Joyce (Steve Harris) Harris; nieces, Kelly Rose, and Becky Bellamy; great niece, Riley Rose.

Wesley’s Life Celebration® Visitation will be Thursday, January 12, 2023, 4 to 7 p.m., at the Carlisle – Branson Funeral Service & Crematory, Mooresville. The funeral service will begin at 2 p.m., Friday, January 13, 2023, at the Bicknell United Methodist Church, with visitation from 1 p.m. until service time. 309 W 3rd St, Bicknell, IN 47512. Burial will follow at Bicknell Memorial Cemetery. Visit to share a favorite memory or to sign the online guest registry.

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Thursday, January 12, 2023

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39 E High St , Mooresville, IN 46158

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