SMSGT David F. Harms (ret.), 73, of Paxton died at 2:30 p.m. Monday, May 6, 2013, at his home.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 11, 2013, at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 100 E. Third Street, Melvin, with Rev. John Brennen officiating. Burial will follow in Beckman Cemetery, Rural Rantoul with military honors.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday, (May 10) at Baier Family Funeral Services, 406 E Pells Street, Paxton and at the church Saturday 1/2 hour before the funeral service.
David was born September 3, 1939 in Rock Falls the son of Carl W. and Josephine Gladys Aldrich Harms. He married Jean Peters April 25, 1969 at the American Lutheran Church, Rantoul.
Survivors include his wife of Paxton; three daughters, Donna (Wayne) Carroll of Mt Vernon, IN, Donna (Michael) Harms Flath of Sullivan, WI, Brenda Harms Frichtl of Paxton; one son, Matthew (Tondia) Harms of Paxton; 17 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; 2 sisters, Joy Holland of Albuquerque, NM, Natalia (Loren) Freed of Sterling and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; 1 grandson, 4 sisters, and 1 brother.
David attended Sterling High School. He served in the United States Air Force from 1961-1982. He completed a tour of duty in Vietnam. After 21 years of service he retired as a Senior Master Sergeant. He then worked as a contract food service manager at Chanute Air Force Base for 10 years. After his military career, he and his family moved to Paxton.
David was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church, Melvin and the Rantoul Am vets Club. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, cooking, reading and puzzles and was a Green Bay Packers fan.
Memorials may be made to St. Peter Lutheran Church, Melvin, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or an organization of the donor’s choice.
Online condolences may be shared at www.baierfuneralservicess.com.