Obituary | Rick Harris

Obituary | Rick Harris
Obituary | Rick Harris

Rick Harris, 65, of Thief River Falls, MN, passed away at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND on November 8, 2022.

A memorial service will be held December 1, 2022, 7 p.m., at Evangelical Free Church in Thief River Falls, MN.  Visitation is preceding the service, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Pastor Kevin MacLean will officiate. A livestream of the service may be watched at

In lieu of flowers, please donate in Rick’s honor to the American Cancer Society or your local Humane Society.

He was born on December 11, 1956, in Winfield, AL to Vera (Gunnels) Harris Hill and Arthur Harris. Rick married Tonya Archer in May 1983 in Odessa, TX. They shared 39 wonderful years together and were blessed with two children, Jessica and Robert.

Rick attended Odessa High School, graduating with the class of 1975. He continued his education, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelors in Business Administration from Georgia Southwestern University in 2010.

Starting as a Master Plumber in Odessa, Rick’s career grew to executive management positions spanning the last 30 years. In April 2022, Rick retired from DigiKey Corporation in Thief River Falls, MN where he was the Director of Construction and Facilities Management.

Rick is survived by his wife, Tonya Archer Harris, their children, Jessica (husband John) Leverett of Tucker, GA, Robert (wife Megan) Harris of Centennial, CO,  and his grandchildren, Elizabeth “Ellie” Rose Leverett, Archer Ray Leverett and Ryder James Harris. He is also survived by his mother and step-father Vera and Terry Hill of Kanawha, TX, Mother-in-law Doris Christesson Archer, brother-in-law Tracy (wife Donna) Archer of Killeen, TX, and nieces Kelsie ( husband Jacob) Cain and Tori Archer.

He is preceded in death by his father Arthur Harris, two siblings who died in infancy, Valerie Faith Harris, Robert Baxter Harris, grandparents Junior and Nettie Taylor Gunnels, and father-in-law, Everett “Archie” Archer.

Rick believed in living life to the fullest and making memories with his family and friends. He was a kind and generous person who was always willing to help where needed. Rick loved his family dearly and his loss leaves a massive void in their lives. Being a Grandpa to his three grandchildren was one of his greatest joys. Spoiling all the family dogs was a favorite pastime. His family will strive to honor his memory by embracing Rick’s favorite quote, “When was the last time you did something for the first time?”