Forrest Harris

Oct 8, 2013 Staff

Forrest "Gus" Harris, formerly of Pavillion, died of a heart attack Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013. He was 55 years old.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, at Davis Funeral Home with burial to follow in Mountain View Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at Davis Funeral Home.

Forrest Fredrick Harris was born May 21, 1958, in Lander, the son of Martha Massie.

He attended Wind River High School where he enjoyed playing football and participating in wrestling and track. He attended college at L.H. Bates Vocational Technical Institute in Tacoma, Wash., where he received his certification in diesel and heavy equipment mechanics.

On Oct. 30, 1976, he married Colleen Fergueson in Pavillion.

The family moved to Gillette in 1990 where Mr. Harris began working for Powder River Coal. He continued his work in coal and worked for Peabody Energy for 24 years.

His family said he enjoyed fly fishing, bowling and life, and he will be remembered by his smile and sense of humor. They said he enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandsons. He was their biggest fan and they could do no wrong in Grandpa's eyes.

He is survived by his wife, Colleen Harris; son Forrest "Bowdie" Harris; daughter July (Mike) Lockhart; grandchildren Tyneisha Lippert of Kentucky, Jayden Harris, Jackson Harris, Xavier Harris, Xander Lockhart and Xabian Lockhart; grandmother Rose Harris of Fort Washakie; one uncle; and numerous cousins, nephews, nieces and friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Martha Massie; grandfather Freddie Harris, who was a father figure; uncle Muck; grandsons Peter and Morgan; and many cousins.

A memorial has been established in Mr. Harris's name and may be sent in care of Walker Funeral Home, 410 Medical Arts Court, Gillette, WY 82716.

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