Robert Eldon Harms, 78, of rural Cole Camp, died Wednesday, April 27, 2011, at Bothwell Regional Health Center, Sedalia. He was born on Jan. 17, 1933, at Lincoln, a son of Leonard Dietrich and Fyrn Viola (Linville) Harms.
He graduated from Lincoln High School. He served his country honorably in the United States Army and was stationed in Germany during the Korean Conflict. He was an inspector at Bendix (now Honeywell) in Kansas City and after 36 years, he retired in 1991. He enjoyed farming and raising cattle and with the help of Cecil Schlesselman was able to continue farming until recently.
He is survived by one daughter, Leslie Murtaza of Kansas City; two sons, Gregory R. Harms and his wife Debbie of Cole Camp and Leonard T. Harms and his wife Kelly of Independence; one sister, Ruth Ellen Hixson of Clinton; one sister-in-law, Gladys Harms of Lincoln; four grandchildren, Luke and Patrick Harms and Arsalam and Ahmad Murtaza; two step-grandchildren, Case Von Senden and Kristen Carter and her husband Donald; and two step-great-grandchildren, Lainee and Miles Carter.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Fyrn Harms, and his brother, Leonard Calvin Harms.
Funeral services were held April 30 at the Fox Funeral Home, Cole Camp, with Pastor Donna Nichols officiating. Burial was in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, rural Cole Camp, with military honors conducted by the American Legion Post No. 305 of Cole Camp.
Pallbearers were Greg Harms, Travis Harms, Tim Harms, Doug Manning, Rick Boughan, Cecil Schlesselman, Vernon Stelling and Cristin Fox.
The family suggests memorial contributions be given to Mt. Olivet Cemetery or First United Methodist Church in care of the Fox Funeral Home, Cole Camp.