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HARMS, George Sr. 1884-1950


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 1/20/2015 at 09:47:09

George Harms Sr. Dies Suddenly

George Harms Sr. died suddenly at his home in Wellsburg at three o'clock Tuesday morning. He was feeling in his usual good health when he went to bed the evening before. At two o'clock he became very sick. He thought the attack would pass, but his wife insisted on calling the doctor. The doctor was with him for a time and he seemed to be recovering. A short time after the doctor left his condition grew worse and Mrs. Harms called the doctor back. He died shortly after. Coronary thrombosis was given as the cause of his death. He submitted to an operation in the Marshalltown hospital several years ago, but since that time his health was good. He was 66 years old. Mr. Harms' sudden death came as a severe shock to his family, and to his many friends in this community.

Born on Colfax Twp. Farm
Mr. Harms was born on a farm in Colfax township Sept. 6, 1884, and grew up there. He owned the farm at the time of his death. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Ibling Harms, among the early residents of Grundy county. On Oct. 14, 1907, George Harms and Maude Eberline were married. They resided on their Colfax township farm until they moved to Wellsburg to their own home February 1st, 1943.

Funeral Services Friday
Funeral services will be held at the home at one o'clock on Friday and later at St. Paul's Lutheran church of Shiloh township of which Mr. Harms had been a long time member and he was an officer of the church for many years. Rev. A. W. Malin will officiate at the service. Burial will be in the cemetery adjoining the church.

Surviving are the wife and three sons. The sons are Marlin, Steamboat Rock; Harold F. and Raymond G., Wellsburg. Other surviving relatives are two brothers, E. B. Harms Sr., and Wm. Harms, Wellsburg. There is one sister, Mrs. John Fink. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Harm, Eggo and Henry, and two sisters, Mrs. Fred Rewerts and Mrs. Omke Engelkes. Two brothers died in infancy.

--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 28 September 1950, pg 17


Large Attendance Geo. Harms Rites

Last rites were held last Friday for George Harms, who died suddenly at his home in Wellsburg early Tuesday morning of last week. There was a service at the home at one o'clock and later at St. Paul's Lutheran church in Shiloh township. There was a very large attendance at the church service. Space on the main floor of the church and the balcony was occupied by relatives. All seats and extra seats were occupied in the basement and some had to remain outside. By using the loudspeaker public address service, all were able to hear the service conducted by the pastor, Rev. A. W. Malin. Upwards of 250 cars were on the church grounds. Burial was in the cemetery adjoining the church.

The casketbearers were all members of the family. They were I. J. Harms, Edward H. Harms, Alvin Harms, Ibe W. Harms, John J. Harms and Christ Finke.

Music was by St. Paul's Lutheran choir. Miss Gertie DeVries was accompanist. Flower attendants were Mrs. Dick D. Huisman and Mrs. Henry Maas.

The following obituary was prepared and read by the officiating pastor:

Geo. Harms Sr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Ibeling Harms, was born in this community on Sept. 6, 1884, and departed this life Sept. 26, 1950, at the age of 66 years and 20 days. From his earliest youth to manhood he lived in this area. On Oct. 14, 1907, he was united in holy matrimony to Maude Eberline.

George and his bride lived here with their family for their entire life. He was a lifelong member of St. Paul's Lutheran church and served in an official capacity for over 35 years, being treasurer for over 26 years and was honored 2 years ago as Board Member Emeritus for Life.

George was ever found faithful in his obligations to his church, his family, to his neighbors and friends. His concerns were for those whom he left behind. This church will miss him in counsel, guidance and help. This community will miss his cheer and good will. His family will miss husband, father and friend.

Mr. Harms was interested in many other activities in this area and was called on to serve in positions of responsibility and trust on many occasions.

He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, three sons, Marlin, Harold and Raymond, and nine grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. John Finke; 3 brothers, John, Ebe and William, and many other relatives and friends.

George was faithful over those things committed to his care here; may our gracious God use him over there as He will.

Preceding him in death were 3 brothers, 2 infant brothers, 2 sisters and his parents.

Relatives and friends from out of the county attending the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Lambert Bausman of Little Rock, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Will Frerichs, Osage; Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Folkerts and daughter of Raymond, Minn.; Mr. and Mrs. Fred D. Rewerts, Shell Rock; Mr. and Mrs. Edd Rewerts, Mrs. Grace Kruse and Ibe Rewerts, all of Hutchinson, Minn.; Mr. and Mrs. Ibeling Harms and Edd Harms, Corona, So. Dak.;

Mr. and Mrs. Herman Franzen, Mrs. George Sonnenberg and Mrs. Alice Limburg, all of Titonka; Mrs. Etta L. Johnson of Glencoe, Minn.; Mrs. Anton Reiter and children of Cedar Falls; Mr. and Mrs. Lester Eberline and Mr. and Mrs. Merville Eberline, all of Bristow;

Mr. and Mrs. Earl Eberline, Mr. and Mrs. George Martin and Hope, and Mrs. Phillip Brunsma, all of George, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Harry Eberline, Donald Eberline, Mrs. Keith Landau and Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Eberline, all of Marshalltown; Mr. and Mrs. Will Polman, Mrs. Hannah Sauter, Mrs. Mary Stoehr, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Thies, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Hupt, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Getting, Dr. and Mrs. H. L. Wright and Mr. and Mrs. John J. Harms, all of Ackley;

Mr. and Mrs. Harm A. Hillenga Jr., Henry Stoehr, Mrs. H. E. Limbert, Mrs. Menno Redenius Jr. and son and Mrs. Walbert Bruns, all of Woden; Fred and Herman Rewerts of Brownton, Minn.;

Mr. and Mrs. Will Harms and son, of Owasa; John Stoehr and family of Frost, Minn.; Mrs. Cornelius Engelkes and daughter and Mr. and Mrs. Paul Frieling, all of Parkersburg; Mrs. Martha Fisher and Mr. and Mrs. Francis Fisher and family, all of Waverly; Miss Margaret Berg, Eldora.

--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 5 October 1950, pg 10


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