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HARMS, Wesley 1865-1942

HARMS, JASPERS

Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 7/30/2012 at 21:07:25

Wesley G. Harms Laid to His Rest

Wesley G. Harms, aged 76, an old time resident of this section, died at the hospital in Marshalltown last Thursday evening. He was taken there for examination and treatment last week, but the physicians decided that an operation would be useless, as cancer was plainly indicated and there was little hope of aid to the patient.

Funeral services were held at the home and later at the Wellsburg Reformed church in Wellsburg on Monday, June 1, in charge of the pastor, Rev. Wm. Landsiedel.

The pallbearers were Will Janssen, Will Primus, John Ruter, John M. Bakker, Jerry Williams, Peter Bakker.

Wesley George Harms was born August 8, 1865 in Ogle County, Illinois.

In his boyhood he came with his parents to Iowa and first lived in Shiloh township west of Wellsburg. He was joined in holy wedlock with Grace Jaspers on April 30, 1890. Together they made their permanent home on a farm 2 1/2 mi. southwest of Wellsburg. The Lord blessed their union with 5 children, 4 sons and 1 daughter of whom 2 boys at the ages of 8 and 17 years respectively preceded their parents in death.

On March 29, 1937, the Lord in His wise providence took from the side of the deceased his beloved companion, the mother and soul of the home. Around Thanksgiving Day of last year, 1941, the health of the deceased commenced to fail, so that medical attention was necessary. About 3 weeks ago he received special treatment at the hospital of Eldora and finally submitted to an operation to relieve an incurable malady in the Deaconess Hospital of Marshalltown. After a short duration of suffering the Lord in his wisdom released his soul from physical and spiritual agony and from sin by terminating his earthly pilgrimage last Thursday, May 28, at 4:30 p.m. Mr. Harms reached the age of 76 years, 9 months and 20 days.

According to his own confession the Lord granted him a special time of grace in which to accept Jesus for his Saviour. He desired to depart and be with Christ.

He leaves to mourn his death 3 children: Grace, Mrs. Warner Benken of Titonka, Iowa; George, of Steamboat Rock, Iowa; and Eilwin, of Wellsburg, Iowa. Also 4 grandchildren and 1 sister, Miss Johanna Harms of Wellsburg, Iowa. Many other relatives and friends mourn his loss. May the God of all comfort console the bereaved and prepare every one for a blessed end.

Who knows how near my end may be--
Time speeds away and death comes on;
How Swiftly, o, how suddenly
May death be here and life be gone!
My God, For Jesus sake I pray
Thy peace may bless my dying day.

--Wellsburg Herald (Wellsburg, Iowa), 3 June 1942


 

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