Vernon D. Harms, 79, Bushnell

Vernon D. Harms, 79, of Bushnell, died at Golden Living Center in Scottsbluff on Monday, March 24, 2014. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 28, 2014 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Kimball with Pastor Kenneth Mars officiating. Burial will be in the Bushnell Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 1:00 until 5:00 p.m. Visit to view Vernon's Tribute Wall and leave condolences for the family. In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to St. John's Lutheran Church or Prairie Haven Hospice. The services have been entrusted to the Cantrell Funeral Home.

Vernon Dwayne Harms was born in Ft. Morgan, Colorado on June 6, 1934, the son of Emil and Elsie (Bornman) Harms. He moved with his family to Bushnell in 1940 and attended school at District 35. He helped his father doing carpentry work and also worked for many of the farmers in the area. Vernon enlisted in the US Army and served his country during the Korean War. He was discharged in 1956. He farmed in the Bushnell area and on April 19, 1959 he was married to Dolores Brauer at Zion Lutheran Church in Chappell, Nebraska. They moved to Bushnell and farmed and Vernon also did carpentry work for many in the area. In 1967 they moved to Washington and he worked for the J. Love Company building pea pickers. He and Dolores also ran 2 restaurants while living there and he also worked for a tree nursery. They moved back to Bushnell in 1973 and continued farming.
He loved building things and was a very accomplished carpenter. Vernon enjoyed rock hunting and tinkering with things in his shop. He was baptized into the Lutheran faith on June 17, 1934 in Ft. Morgan, Colorado and confirmed on March 21, 1 948 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Grover, Colorado. He had been a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Kimball since 2005.

Survivors include his wife Dolores (Brauer) Harms of Bushnell, NE; son Wesley (Tami) Harms of Harrisburg, SD; daughter Candace (Pastor Darrell) Debowey of Riverton, IL; brother Arthur (Deanna) Harms of Stillwater, OK; sisters Verla Souders of Grover, CO., Dorothy (Bill) Gillstrap of Tucson, AZ., and Ruth (Charles) Baker of Yuma, AZ; grandchildren Vandi Bymers, Jacob Harms, Jonathan
Debowey, and David Debowey. He was preceded in death by his parents, son Wendell Harms and brother Arlan Harms.

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