December 18, 2014 - 4:15 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Travis Musich, age 34 passed away Friday December 12, 2014 at his home in Vacaville, CA.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday December 23, 2014 at Lyon County First Presbyterian Church in George, IA with Rev. Paul Fischer officiating. Burial will follow at Lyon County First Presbyterian Church Cemetery in George.

Visitation will be Monday, December 22nd from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with family present from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Jurrens Funeral Home of George, IA.

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December 15, 2014 - 2:33 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Tillie Ver Steeg, age 102 of Rock Rapids, IA died Sunday, December 14, 2014 at Sanford Hospital Rock Rapids.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, December 19, 2014 at First Reformed Church in Rock Rapids with Reverend Dan Haggar officiating. Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery in Rock Rapids.

Visitation will be Thursday, December 18th from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM with family present from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Jurrens Funeral Home of Rock Rapids, IA.

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Tillie Ver Steeg was born on June 25, 1912 in Middleberg, Iowa, the daughter of Egbert and Hattie (Bronkhorst) Kragt. She grew up around Hull, Iowa, and attended country school and Hull public school.

On January 31, 1934, she was united in marriage to Ronald Ver Steeg. After their marriage they lived in Clarion, Iowa for two years and then moved to a farm near Hull. In 1940, they move to a farm south of Rock Rapids. After retiring in 1974, they moved to Rock Rapids.

In 1931, she made profession of faith and she was a member of the Reformed church all of her life. Since 1941, she has attended Rock Rapids First Reformed Church, where she was active in the Dorcas Circle and key lady in the World Home Bible League.

Tillie volunteered at the nursing homes in Rock Rapids and was active with Dinner Date and Golden Age Club. She enjoyed making quilts and afghans and made one for each of her grandchildren.

Tillie is survived by five children: Bernard (Theressa) Ver Steeg of Sioux Center, Iowa, Ken (Dee) Ver Steeg of Springdale, Arkansas, Gene (Bev) Ver Steeg of Inwood, Iowa, Gen Van Veldhuizen of Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Galen (Jane) Ver Steeg of Sioux Center, Iowa; son-in-law, Harley (Elsie) Mulder of Highlands Ranch, CO; fifteen grandchildren and thirty-six great grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Anna Mae Ver Steeg and Burdella De Jager; and many nieces, nephews and other extended family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald Ver Steeg on December 30, 1988; daughter, Harriet Mulder in 2004; grandson, Michael Van Veldhuizen in 1980; great-grandson, David Van Veldhuizen in 2014; and four siblings, John Kragt, Ben Kragt, Ed Kragt and Katie De Zeeuw.

December 13, 2014 - 8:38 am - Posted in Obituaries

Harvey Hilbrands, age 83 of George, IA died Friday, December 12, 2014 surrounded by family at his home in George.

Memorial service will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at Hope Reformed Church in George, IA with Rev. David Poppen officiating. Burial will take place prior to the service at 9:30 a.m. at the church cemetery.

Visitation will be Monday, December 15th from 3:00 p.m. to 8 p.m. with family present from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Hope Reformed Church of George.

Harvey Hilbrands was born on July 1, 1931 at George, IA the son of Fred and Tena (Gronewold) Hilbrands. He was raised on a farm, and attended country school through the 8th grade. He was drafted into the United States Marines in 1951 and served his country during the Korean War being honorably discharged in December 1953. Harvey was united in marriage to Hilda Snuttjer on August 12, 1952 at Hope Reformed Church. They lived in Fall Brook, California until December 1953. They moved back to Iowa to farm near George where they were blessed with eight children. Harvey farmed for 37 years. He also worked for the Lyon County Maintenance Department for 24 years and was a seed corn salesman. In 1990 Harvey and Hilda moved into town. He was a lifelong member of Hope Reformed Church serving as Deacon and Elder. His strong faith and service to the Lord was an important part of his life. He was also a 52 year member of the American Legion.

Harvey’s family was the center of his life. Having his family home for holidays and special events brought so much joy to his life. He loved attending the activities of his children and grandchildren. His family will remember him as a competitive card player, his love for Allis Chalmers tractors, and for his two-hand wave.

Harvey is survived by his wife of 62 years Hilda Hilbrands; eight children, Alan (Ina Faye) Hilbrands of George, IA; Linda (Lance) Grave of Spencer, IA; Donna (Glen) Geerdes of George, IA; Dennis (Marsha) Hilbrands of George, IA; Marcella (Jerry) Groen of Las Cruces, NM; Sherry (Doug) Harms of Aurelia, IA; Dean (Becky) Hilbrands of Remsen, IA and Vicki (Jeff) Lake of Sebeka, MN. He is also survived by twenty-one grandchildren: Heath Hilbrands, Stefanie O’Leary, Kelli Kruger, Katie Anderson, Kim Franzen, Dana Longlee,Kelsie, Grave, Reid Geerdes, Lindsey Brouillette, Jessica Groen, Jenna Harms, Dylan Harms, Casey Groen, Tanner Hilbrands, Reghan Harms, Trenton Hilbrands, Madison Lake, Maya Lake, Ellie Hilbrands, Maci Lake, Max Lake and 9 great-grandchildren: Taylor Hilbrands, Alyssa Hilbrands, Peyton Franzen, Claire Kruger, Vaeda Franzen, Emma Longlee, Sutton Franzen, Skyla O’Leary, Camden Kruger and one adopted exchange granddaughter Katrin Gelhar; brother Stanley (Erma) Hilbrands, Luverne, MN; sister Vera (Bert) Teunissen of Zeeland, MI; sister-in-law Lucille Smit Hull, IA.

Harvey was preceded in death by his parents Fred and Tena Hilbrands; brothers Abe and Alfred Hilbrands; sister Jennie Ten Braak.

Funeral arrangements are pending with the Jurrens Funeral Home of George. For a complete obituary and online registry please visit:

December 8, 2014 - 2:25 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Ronald Pope, age 83 of Little Rock, IA died Sunday, December 7, 2014 at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.

Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, December 13, 2014 at First Presbyterian Church in Little Rock, IA, with Reverend Scott Burdsall officiating. Burial will follow in the Pleasant View Cemetery at Little Rock, IA. Visitation will be Friday, December 12th from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Little Rock, IA.

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Ronald Lee Pope was born June 29, 1931 near Little Rock, IA to Leo and Edith Mae (Bramley) Pope. He grew up on his family’s farm near Little Rock and received his education in Country School. He was a lifetime member of the First Presbyterian Church in Little Rock. On January 4, 1969 Ronald was united in marriage to Betty Kruse in their church. The young couple continued to farm in the area and eventually took over Betty’s family farm which is now a ‘Century Farm’. They have been there their entire married lives. Ron was a farmer through and through. He never really retired but he slowed down in 1998 due to health problems. Ron and Betty rented out their land from then on and Ron took great interest keeping up on what was going on with the farm. It was hard for Ron to give up farming and when it came Fair time he loved to go and check out all the newest tractors and combines and other equipment. He was a great gardener and enjoyed giving away his produce to family and friends. Ron also enjoyed country music and boating. His family was very important to him and although he never had children of his own, his nieces and nephews knew that he loved them very much. This past Sunday Ron passed away at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls at the age of 83. He will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Betty Pope; nephews, Jeff Pope and special friend Paula of Anthon, IA, Mike (Kim) Pope of Anthon, IA and David (Kathy) Pope of Sergeant Bluff, IA; sister-in-law, Jean O’Brien of Hiawatha, IA; brothers-in-law, Dick (Evelyn) Kruse and Dale (Linda) Kruse all of Little Rock; cousins, Nancy (Terry) Moonen of Eden Prairie, MN and special cousin, Greg (Peggy) Kruger of Ellsworth, MN; and other extended family members.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Richard Pope; sister-in-law, Mary Pope and brother-in-law, Dennis O’Brien; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Helmer and Emma Kruse.

December 6, 2014 - 2:19 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Mike Smith, age 36 of George, IA died Saturday, December 6, 2014 at his home near George, IA after a courageous battle with cancer.

Memorial service will be 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, December 9th at Ebenezer Presbyterian Church in George, IA, with Rev. Dale Lint officiating.

Graveside service will be prior to the memorial service, at Evergreen Lawn Cemetery in George, with the family meeting at Jurrens Funeral Home at 9:00 a.m. and proceeding to the cemetery. The public may join the family for burial at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Visitation will be Monday, December 8th from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m., with the family present from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Jurrens Funeral Home of George.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the family for later designation.

A complete obituary and online registry will be available at:

Michael Aaron Smith was born February 25, 1978 at Rock Rapids, Iowa, the son of Jerry and Elvira (Stubbe) Smith. He grew up on the family farm south of George and attended George-Little Rock Community Schools. He graduated from high school in 1996 and continued his education at Southeast Technical College in Sioux Falls, SD in Turf Management. While he was going to school he worked at Minnehaha Country Club Golf Course in Sioux Falls. In 2001 Mike accepted a position in Chanhassen, MN at Bluff Creek Golf Couse. In 2005 he was hired as the superintendent at Halla Greens Golf Course, which was being built at the time. He helped develop the golf course into what it is today. In December of 2011 Mike was diagnosed with cancer and returned home to live with his parents in George.

He was a member of Ebenezer Presbyterian Church in George and the Minnesota Golf Course Superintendents Association. He enjoyed golfing, watching the Dallas Cowboy football games, and Iowa Hawkeye games. He also played in volleyball, softball, pool, and dart leagues. Mike most recently enjoyed a trip to Dallas, TX where he attended a Cowboy game at AT&T Stadium. Mike will be remembered as a genuine guy and had a deep appreciation for the beauty of the outdoors and animals. He was especially fond of his nieces and nephews.

He is survived by his parents, Jerry and Elvira Smith of George, IA; brother, Mark (Lesli) Smith of George, IA; sister, Michelle (Ed) Ver Steeg of Spencer, IA; and nieces and nephews, Breanna and Brayden Smith and Abbie, Emma, Ashten, and Evan Ver Steeg; and many other extended family.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Ralph and Mae Smith, and maternal grandparents, Enno and Ella Stubbe.

November 26, 2014 - 3:15 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Ronnie Leroy Robinson, age 69 of Larchwood, IA, formerly of Sheldon, IA, died Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at the Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.

Memorial service will be held at 10:30 AM, Saturday, Nov. 29th at The Church of St. Mary in Larchwood, IA, with Deacon Jeff Gallagher officiating.

Burial will follow at the Larchwood Cemetery in Larchwood, IA.

Visitation will be Friday, Nov. 28th from 3:00 to 8:00 PM, with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at The Church of St. Mary in Larchwood. Also there will be a prayer service held at 7:00 PM Friday evening at the church.

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Ronnie Leroy Robinson was born on November 11, 1945 in Belgrade, NE, the son of Arnold and Mildred (Oakley) Robinson. He grew up in Belgrade and graduated from Belgrade High School in 1964. After graduating from high school he attended Wayne State College in Wayne, NE and graduated from there in 1968. Ronnie later went back to Wayne State and received his master’s degree.

On February 8, 1971, he was united in marriage to Melanie Schleef in Vermillion, SD. To this union two children were born Heather and Heath. Ronnie and Melanie lived in Beemer, NE from the time they were married until 1974, when they moved to Uehling, NE and lived there until 1978. Ronnie worked as a public school teacher in both communities. The couple then moved to Sheldon, where Ronnie worked for Northwest Iowa Community College. He retired from NCC as the Dean of Trade and Technology after twenty-seven years. He was a member of the NCC Foundation Board. He also was a member of the NRA for twenty-seven years and an active supporter of Duck’s Unlimited and Delta Water Fowl. He received the Governor’s Volunteer Award in 1999 from the State of Iowa, was a long time member of the Sheldon Recreation board and the President of the Planning board for the Sheldon Aquatic Center.

Ronnie enjoyed bowling, playing pool, baseball and fast pitch softball. After retirement he took up golf and won many tournaments throughout the years. One of Ronnie’s greatest joys was spending time with his family, especially his four grandchildren.

Ronnie is survived by his wife of forty-three years, Melanie Robinson of Larchwood, IA; two children, Heather (Rory) West and Heath Robinson both of Sioux Falls, SD; Gib Davis of Sioux Falls, SD, who was like a son to them; four grandchildren, Alex and Mackenzie West, Shantel DeKnikker and Kylie Robinson; sisters-in-law, Phyllis Robinson of Columbus, NE and Alice Elstermeier of Grand Island, NE; brothers and sisters-in-law: Marly Schleef of Cherokee, IA, Mary Kay (Denny) Langholdt of Boone, IA, Mike (Shari) Schleef of Columbus Junction, IA, Monica (Jerry) Anfinson of Morristown, TN, Mark (Stacy) Schleef and Matt (Janel) Schleef both of Cherokee, IA, and Molly (Dave) Galm of Spencer, IA; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other extended family and friends.

Preceding Ronnie in death were his parents, Arnold and Mildred Robinson; and two brothers, Harold and Eugene Robinson.

November 24, 2014 - 12:58 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Arnold Techen, of George, IA died Sunday, November 23, 2014 surrounded by family at his home in George.

Funeral service will be 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 26th at St. Paul Lutheran Church near Hull, IA, with Rev. Robert Gordon officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday, November 25th from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., with family present from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Jurrens Funeral Home of George.

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Arnold Henry Techen was born December 22, 1936 in Edna, Iowa, the son of Arlie and Ella (Breuer) Techen. At the age of 2 his family moved to a farm east of Doon, IA. He attended country school and graduated from Doon High School in 1955. He worked for area farmers until entering the U.S. Navy in 1956. He served the USS Colonial as a Machinist Mate. He received his honorable discharge on June 2, 1958 and returned home to farm near Doon.

Arnold was united in marriage on June 26, 1959 to Marlene Anderson at St. Paul Lutheran Church near Hull, IA. They lived in Rock Rapids for one year while he worked as welder at Landman Machine in Rock Rapids. In 1961 they moved near Doon where they owned and operated Techen trucking until 1966. In 1964 they moved to a farm southwest of George where they farmed. In addition, Arnold worked at Matlock Hog buying station from 1966 to 2010. In 1985, Arnold and Marlene moved to town, where Arnold drove feed truck part-time for George Elevator from 1998 to 2013.

He was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church of rural Hull, IA, where he served as an Elder and member of the Lyon and Sioux County Pork Producers Association. He attended the Navy reunions for many years. He loved being outside, spending time with his grandchildren, camping at Lake Okoboji and playing pinochle. He also enjoyed winters in Georgia with in-laws, Dale and Jan Schulte.

Arnold is survived by his wife of 55 years, Marlene Techen; seven children, Pam (Kent) Keenan of Sioux Falls, SD, Lori (Bill) Rikkers of Hartford, SD, Diane Kannegieter of Aurelia, IA, Randy (Sue) Techen of Sheldon, IA, Becky (Dean) Hilbrands of Remsen, IA, Ryan Techen (special friend, Marce’ia Brown) of Larchwood, IA and Aaron (Katie) Techen of Spencer, IA; sixteen grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three sisters, Arlene (Al) Sohl, Elaine (Ken) Sohl, both of Rock Rapids, IA and Louise (Ruben) Winter of Sheldon, IA; one brother, Eldon (Shirley) Techen of Sheldon, IA; one brother-in-law, Terry (Jo) Anderson of Hull, IA; three sisters-in-law, Jan (Dale) Schulte of Kingston, GA, Judy (Art) Kooi, and Ruth Anderson, both of Hull, IA; many nieces, nephews and other extended family.

He was preceded in death by a son, Douglas Techen; his parents, Arlie and Ella Techen; parents-in-law, Elmer and Hannah Anderson; a brother-in-law, John Anderson; a sister-in-law, Marion Reyelts; and two nephews, Rodney Winter and Kevin Sohl.

November 4, 2014 - 4:52 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Jennie Bonnema, age 93 of Inwood, IA died Monday, November 03, 2014 at Fellowship Village Nursing Home in Inwood, IA.

Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, November 8th at Christian Reformed Church in Inwood, IA, with Rev. Sam Krikke officiating. Burial will follow at Richland Cemetery, rural Inwood. Visitation will be Saturday, November 8th at 10:00 a.m. until the hour of service at the Christian Reformed Church of Inwood.

Jurrens Funeral Home of Rock Rapids is in charge of services.

A complete obituary and online registry is available at:

Our Mom was born on March 5, 1921, in Perkins, Iowa, the daughter of Germ and Bertha (Kracht) Baker. She was raised on a farm east of Steen, Minnesota, where she attended country school. After her education, she began her life long career as a domestic engineer, assisting with housework for several families in the area.

On February 2, 1945, she married Jay Bonnema at his parents’ home prior to his serving in the military overseas in WWII. After his honorable discharge, they purchased a farm southeast of Inwood, Iowa. They farmed that land until moving into a home they built in Inwood in 1974, and Mom took great pride in their “new” house.

We four kids grew up on the farm and were taught that having a successful career in life demanded commitment and responsibility. Both Mom and Dad demonstrated that. We were taught that you didn’t have to be the best, but you had to do your best…..lessons that have served us well. Mom’s commitment to being that domestic engineer was evident in a home that was always neat and clean. If we wanted to keep something, we had better not leave it lying around….if she had to pick up, it would probably be gone!

One of Mom’s achievements was taking Driver’s Ed and earning her driver’s license when our youngest sister Judy was in high school. Shopping was her favorite hobby, and driving gave her liberty.

In her later years, Mom faced several major health crises, and she dealt with them with courage and determination. Many times people would comment that she had nine lives but we thought it more like 19! Through all of it, she maintained trust in the providence of God, and a refreshing sense of humor which made it fun to visit with her.

Dad preceded her in death in March of 2007 and in December of that year she moved to an apartment at The Village Inn in Inwood. She enjoyed the social life there and playing Bingo with the “old folks” at Fellowship Village was a serious event that she hated to miss! In August of 2014, she became a resident of Fellowship Village where she died on Monday, November 3, 2014.

Mom was the second oldest of six children. Her brothers Edward, Fred, and Albert have preceded her in death, as well as brothers-in-law, Wesley DeZeeuw, George Caswell, Larry, Bob, and Rich Bonnema, and sisters-in-law, Verla and Gertrude Baker, and Edith and Dorothy Bonnema. Her sisters, Bertha DeZeeuw and Bernice (Otto) Bouma survive her as well as sisters-in-law, Jane Baker (John) Bosch. Ruth Caswell, and Leora Bonnema.

Dad and Mom were members of the Christian Reformed Church of Inwood all of their married lives and her faith and trust in God were her strength and hope.

We thank God for His mercy and grace so evident in her life and death and for the legacy she leaves with us, her children; Bev (husband, Marvin) Arp, George (wife, Corrine) Bonnema, Sharon (husband, Glenn) Davey and Judy (husband, Jay) Van Engen; ten grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren, and anticipating two more great-granchildren.

October 30, 2014 - 7:43 am - Posted in Obituaries

Gloria M. Wissink, age 83 of Rock Rapids, IA died Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at Rock Rapids Health Centre.

Funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, November 4th at the Christian Church (Disciples) in Rock Rapids, with Rev. Carolyn Salberg officiating.

Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery in Rock Rapids, IA.

Visitation will be Monday, November 3rd from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m., with family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Jurrens Funeral Home of Rock Rapids.

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Gloria Mae Wissink was born September 19, 1931 in Rock Rapids, Iowa, the daughter of John C. and Ida (Hamlin) Frohloff. She was raised in Rock Rapids and attended the community schools, graduating from Rock Rapids High School in 1949. As a young woman she worked at J.C. Penny’s Store.

On April 15, 1951 Gloria was united in marriage to Melvin H. Wissink in Rock Rapids, IA. Gloria worked as the elementary school secretary for 33 years before retiring in 1991. After retirement she worked part time at Doris Doty’s Clothing Store in Rock Rapids. On July 28, 2004 Gloria’s husband, Melvin, died suddenly, after 53 years of marriage.

Gloria was a member of Christian Church (Disciples) in Rock Rapids, where she taught Sunday school for many years, played piano and sang in the church choir. Also, she was a member of the Rock Rapids Mural Society. She loved to read magazines and newspapers, she taught Cub scouts for many years, visit with people and most of all spend time with her friends and family. She especially enjoyed traditional holidays and the family gatherings.

She is survived by her three children, Scott (wife, Sandy) Wissink of Rock Rapids, IA, Kent Wissink of Sioux Falls, SD and Melanie (husband, Steve) Cuperus of George, IA; nine grandchildren, Jamie (wife, Katie) Wissink, Jessica Wissink (special friend, Mike McGraw), Brandon Wissink (special friend, Megan Soucie), Steve Wissink, Stan (wife, Jaselyn) Wissink, Ashley (husband, Jeremy) Boone, Amy De Groot, Alyssa (husband, Matt) Brummel, and Evan Cuperus; five great-grandchildren, Abby and Hailee Boone, Brooklynn Dailey, Chloe and Maddox Wissink; one sister-in-law, Phyllis Morlock TeSlaa of Rock Rapids, IA; one brother-in-law, Gerrit Vander Kolk of Doon, IA; and many nieces, nephews and other extended family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Ida Frohloff, her husband, Melvin Wissink; an infant son; one brother-in-law, Delmer Wissink; and one sister-in-law, Betty Vander Kolk.



October 30, 2014 - 7:43 am - Posted in Obituaries

Charlie Harms, age 74 of Tucson AZ, formerly of George, IA died Monday, October 27, 2014 at Medical Center of Plano in Plano, TX.

Memorial service will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday November 4, 2014 at Ebenezer Presbyterian Church in George, IA with Rev. Paul Soderquist officiating. Visitation will be Monday November 3rd from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. with family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Jurrens Funeral Home of George.

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Charlie Samuel Harms was born August 21, 1940 in George, Iowa to Winfred and Gladys (Christensen) Harms. He was raised on the farm, where he learned early the value of hard work. As a young man, he became a skilled trap-shooter, and won the Junior National Championship in 1956.

His early education was in George, graduating with the class of 1958, and higher education was at the University of South Dakota. On January 19, 1962 Charlie was united in marriage to Faye Fisher in Little Rock, Iowa. The couple began their lives and started their family in George, Iowa. A lot of fond memories grew out of time spent at Lake Okoboji, in the summers.

The family lived in Princeton, IL from ’71 to ’79 and Waverly, Iowa from ’79 to ’85. Charlie and Faye lived in Mt Pleasant, Iowa from ’85 to ’90, then moving to Moberly, Missouri. During this time, Charlie’s beloved wife Faye lost her battle with ovarian cancer in 2000, after 38 years of marriage.

Charlie worked for Siebring Manufacturing from 1961 to 1971, then Hawkeye Steel from 1971 until 1985. Charlie owned and operated his own Sales/Manufacturing business, Charlie Harms Corporation, until his retirement in 2002.

Though he maintained a strong connection with the Midwest, Charlie retired in 2002 and wintered in Tucson, AZ, where he thoroughly enjoyed the sun, his friendships and community. He had an exceptional gift for conversation. He was an avid golfer and experienced the joy of a hole-in-one in 2014. He traveled around the country in his fifth-wheel trailer, and became ill near Plano, TX on his return from one of those trips. He will be greatly missed.

Charlie is survived by son, Bob (Toni) Harms of Palos Heights, Illinois; daughter, Kelly (Brian) Sutton of Waverly, Iowa; son, Mike (Missy) Harms of Glenview, Illinois; 2 granddaughters, Stefanie Sutton of Des Moines, Iowa and Jenni Sutton of Winterset, Iowa; sister, Patsy Clark of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, niece, Niki Clark of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and extended family.

He was preceded in death by his wife Faye; his parents, Win and Gladys Harms; his brother-in-law Randy Clark and his aunt Lolly Perrault.