Funeral Announcements

Tuesday, April 15, 2003

Orville Harms

Funeral Services for Orville William Harms, 92, of Storm Lake, formerly of Alta, will be held on Wednesday, April 16, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Alta with Pastor Kevin Huss officiating. Burial will be in the Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery in Storm Lake. Visitation will be on Tuesday, April 15, from 5 to 8 p.m. with family present at the Barker Funeral Home in Alta.

Orville died at the Methodist Manor in Storm Lake on Thursday, April 10, at the age of 92 years, nine months, and 26 days.

He was born the son of Henry and Clara (Herzberg) Harms on June 15, 1910, in Yorktown. He attended parochial school in Yorktown. He began farming with his parents and later moved to the Alta area in the 1930s. He was baptized into the Lutheran faith on July 3, 1910, and was confirmed on April 13, 1924, at St. Paul in Yorktown. He was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Alta. He married Irene (Beckfield) Harms on June 11, 1939, in Albert City. The couple settled in the Alta area and farmed until retiring in 1973 and then moved into Alta. In 1999 they moved to Methodist Manor in Storm Lake. Orville loved to fish, garden, read, work on jigsaw puzzles and listen to music.

Survivors include his wife, Irene, Alta; sons, Lowell Harms, Omaha, Nebraska, and Alan and his wife, Jan Harms of Lake Charles, Louisiana; daughters, Colene and her husband Raymond Staples of Kerrville, Texas, and Jeanine and her husband Ken Von Bon of Granger; 11 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his parents; three infant children; one brother, Reinold Harms; and one sister, Alice Hart.

Donald Nelson

Funeral Services for Donald Ellsworth Nelson, 83, of Cherokee, will be Tuesday, April 15, at the Barker Funeral Home, Alta, with Pastor Lillette E. Johnston officiating. Burial will be in the Scandinavian Cemetery, Alta.

Donald died at the Country Side Estates in Cherokee on Saturday, April 12.

He was born on a farm north of Alta to Swan and Cora Mae (Peterson) Nelson on June 8, 1919. He worked as a chore boy on the farm. He loved animals, especially little pigs and cats, wanting everything to be well fed. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Alta.

Survivors include one nephew, Dennis Brisbois of Richland Center, Wisc.; special friend, Darlene Johnson of Primghar and her children and their families; Mark Johnson of Sheldon; Marchia Lundquist of Primghar; and Terree Johnson.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother; and two-half brothers.