H. James Harre
H. James Harre, 82, passed away on Monday, October 9, 2017 , on the anniversary of the passing of his sister, Eleanor Edith (Harre) Natzke. James was born on October 17, 1934 in Bismarck, ND. His parents were Reverend Paul Harre and Clara (Erck) Harre. In 1938, the family moved to New Minden, IL, where he attended grade school.
In 1952, James graduated from Nashville High School in Nashville, IL after which he attended Illinois University until he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was stationed at Fort Hood, TX from February 28, 1955 until February 27, 1957 as a Specialist Private 3rd Class Radar Repairman. James then enrolled in Washington University of St. Louis, where he graduated in 1964 with a B.A. degree in History.
On June 15, 1957, James and Ann Mary (Behrens) Harre were married in St. Louis, MO, where they lived for 20 years before moving to Wilton, CT. They returned to the St. Louis area in 1985 for a little over two years before moving back to Wilton, CT. Finally, they moved to Buckeye, AZ in 2009.
In St. Louis, James started working as a Field Manager of College Sales for MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc. and was promoted to Regional Manager of College Sales and finally to Asst. Vice President of College Sales. In 1977, he joined Holt, Rinehart and Winston as a College Division Manager. His promotion to VP of Marketing and Sales for School Publishing led to his first move to CT. In 1983, James changed companies once more to the C.V. Mosby Company of St. Louis, MO. Then, in 1987, while working for Random House Publishing in New York City, James relocated back to Wilton, CT one last time. James retired from the publishing industry in 1997.
James was very active in the Lutheran Church. His love of music led him to sing in the choir. He also actively participated in Bible Study and was on the Church counsel at St. Andrews Church (Ridgefield, CT) for many years. Most Saturday mornings, he enjoyed playing golf with friends or work associates. His daughter, Becky, caddied for him when she was tall enough to carry the bag. James had holes-in-one on September 2, 1966 and again on June 9, 2006. On March 2, 1978, he was inducted into the Academy of Malt Scotch Whiskey.
James is preceded in death by his parents, Reverend Paul and Clara Harre; and two sisters, Esther Harre and Eleanor (Harre) Natzke. He is survived by his wife Ann and their children, Becky (Harre) Kelley, son-in-law Paul Kelley of Buckeye, AZ; and son, Jason Harre.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm, Sunday, November 12, 2017 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85338. The family suggests that donations be made to your favorite charity or church.