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Robert Harms - February 13, 2013


Robert Eugene Harms was born the third child of four children to Conrad August Paul Harms and Ora Mathilda (Sodman) Harms on Dec. 28, 1922, southeast of Ragan.
He departed this life Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, at Good Samaritan Society Home Colonial Villa in Alma. His age was 90 years, one month and 15 days.
Robert was baptized in 1923 and confirmed in 1935 at the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wilcox.
He attended school at Ragan where he graduated from high school with the Class of 1940. He later attended Hastings Business College for a year and a half where got acquainted with golf. He caddied at the golf course in Hastings for three years. This began a life-long passion of playing golf.
For two years Robert was employed by the Veterans Administration in Washington D.C.
On Feb. 19, 1945, he entered the United States Army during World War II at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. He received the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, the Army Occupation Medal for Japan, the Good Conduct Medal and the Victory Medal. He was honorably discharged Nov. 25, 1946, as a Staff Sergeant at the Separation Center at For Lewis, Wash.
Following his discharge, he was united in marriage to Henrietta Jean Ericson on Nov. 3, 1946, at the Harms Farmstead Home, one mile south and three miles east of Ragan. To this union five children were born, Robert Allen, Edwin Owen, Jean Annette, Gregory Lee, and Michael James.
The family resided on the Harms home place for 36 years. In 1982 they moved to their farmstead four and one half miles south and three and one half miles east of Ragan at 71843 Union Road. On Sept. 30, 2005 Henrietta preceded Robert in death. In December of 2005 Robert moved to 106 South Burr Street in Wilcox. Robert resided at the Holdrege Memorial Homes from March 2006 until March 2007. He resided at the Well Life Nursing Home from March 2007 until June 2008. He had resided at the Good Samaritan Society Home Colonial Villa in Alma since June 16, 2008.
Robert was member of the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wilcox. He was a former member of the Alma City Golf Course, had served on the Antelope Township Board, and was a past president and secretary of the Ragan Board of Education.
For many years Robert had been involved with and had served as an assistant leader of the Ragan Wranglers 4-H Club. He had played golf for over 60 years.
In addition to his wife Henrietta, Robert was preceded in death by his father in 1975; his mother in 1986; brothers, John Conrad at age 10 days old, and Ora “Lee” Harms; a sister Berneda Schepler and husband, Harold; and a great-grandson August Nitchie on Jan. 20, 2011.
He leaves to mourn his passing, a daughter, Jean Nitchie and husband, Bryan, of rural Holdrege; sons, Robert “Bob” and wife, Margaret, of Lincoln, Edwin and wife, Cheryl, of Bridgeport, Gregory and wife, Julie, of rural Wilcox and Michael and wife, Carol Jean, of Wilcox; 16 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.
A memorial funeral service was Feb. 18 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wilcox with the Rev. Melvin Mertens officiating.
Delores Konert was the organist.
Congregational hymns selection included “What A Friend We Have In Jesus,” “I’m But A Stranger Here,” and “Amazing Grace.”
Honorary casketbearers were Eric Harms, Jacob Harms, Jason Nitchie, Scott Nitchie, Jonathan Harms, Benjamin Harms, Chad Nitchie, Mathew Harms, Bryan Nitchie, Stephen Ward, John Donley, Anthony Placke, Brian Sisson, Derek Gardels, John Francis and Justin Cox.
Inurnment was in the Freewater Cemetery in Wilcox with military honors provided by Veterans Organizations of Wilcox and Hildreth.
Banta-Torrey Funeral Home in Wilcox was in charge of arrangements.