OBITUARY: James Kelly Harms

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James Kelly Harms, 65, of rural Newton passed away July 7, 2022.

Kelly was born Aug. 10, 1956, to Willis and Wilma Harms of rural Whitewater. He was baptized on May 21, 1972, in the Grace Hill Church.

Kelly attended Country Side Grade School, Elbing Grade School and Remington High School. He graduated from Bethel College.

Kelly worked in the court system for a number of years and was most recently employed by Bethel College until he retired in January of 2022.

On Aug. 16, 1980, Kelly married Cindy Bogart of Phillipsburg. They were married for 42 years.

Kelly had many business interests, including farming and raising cattle. He enjoyed antique and coin collecting, camping, fishing, bicycling, jogging and traveling. Throughout his life, he was active in several sports. He could frequently be seen at auctions, flea markets and antique stores, quite often finding treasures for others. He loved spending time with family.

Kelly had a keen wit and a teasing sense of humor. He loved history and had a terrific memory for historical details and facts.

Survivors include his wife, Cindy, and mother, Wilma Harms. Other survivors are his brother, Gary and, wife, Linda Harms, of rural Whitewater, sister Jane and, husband, Tom Washburn of rural Newton, and several nieces and nephews with numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.

Kelly was preceded in death by his father, Willis Harms.

Visitation was from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, at Petersen Funeral Home in Newton. The family was present from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 13, at Salem United Methodist Church (of which Kelly was a member), Newton.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Cancer Society, Salem United Methodist Church or Good Shepherd Hospice.

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