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Orville Harms Sr.

Orville Harms Sr.

SEMINOLE, Fla. – Orville Harms Sr., 80, of Seminole, Fla., passed away Thursday, July 25, 2013.

He was born Sept. 1, 1932, in Sterling. He graduated from Rock Falls High School in 1950. He then served 2 years in the Army, 16 months of which were served during the Korean War. He then retired from Northwestern Steel and Wire Co. after 33 years as a roller foreman in the 24-inch mill. He lived in Rock Falls until 1986, at which point he moved to Florida. After moving to Florida, he worked at Holiday Campground in Seminole for 17 years before its closing in 2003.

Orville was a devoted father and grandfather, and was loved by every life he touched. He was a hardworking man who led a good life. He was an avid Green Bay Packers and St. Louis Cardinals fans, but still enjoyed a Tampa Bay Rays game with peanuts in hand. He also enjoyed working on crossword puzzles and the computer.  

Orville is survived by two sons, Bob Harms Jr. of Moline and Kevin (Marge) Harms of Rock Falls; and a daughter, Tammie Harms of Seminole, with whom he made his home. He had five grandchildren, Neika, Bobby, and Travis Harms of the Quad Cities, Nicholas Harms of Sterling, and Amber Harms of Seminole. He had two great-grandchildren, Jack and Olivia Harms of the Quad Cities; and a niece, Teresa (John) Eades of Sterling.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harm and Martha Harms; and by his wife, Jacqueline, in 1995.

Services will be at a later date in Florida and Illinois. E. James Reese Funeral Home and Crematory in Seminole, Fla., is handling arrangements.

Visit www.reesefuneral.com to send condolences.


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