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James Kelly Harms

July 7, 2022

James Kelly Harms, 65, of rural Newton passed away July 7th.  Kelly was born August 10, 1956 to Willis and Wilma Harms of rural Whitewater.  He was baptized on May 21, 1972 in the Grace Hill Church.  Kelly attended Country Side Grade School, Elbing Grade School and Remington High School.  He graduated from Bethel College.  Kelly worked in the court system for a number of years and was most recently employed by Bethel College until he retired in January of 2022.  On August 16, 1980, Kelly married Cindy Bogart of Phillipsburg, KS.  They were married 42 years.  Kelly had many business interests including farming and raising cattle.  He enjoyed antique and coin collecting, camping, fishing, bicycling, jogging, and traveling.  Throughout his life he was active in several sports.  He could frequently be seen at auctions, flea markets and antique stores, quite often finding treasures for others.  He loved spending time with family.  Kelly had a keen wit and a teasing sense of humor.  He loved history and had a terrific memory for historical details and facts.   Survivors include his wife, Cindy, and mother, Wilma Harms.  Other survivors are brother Gary and, wife, Linda Harms of rural Whitewater, sister Jane and, husband, Tom Washburn of rural Newton, several nieces and nephews with numerous great nieces and great nephews.  Kelly was preceded in death by his father, Willis Harms.  Visitation at Petersen’ Funeral Home Tuesday, July 12 from 5pm to 8pm.  The family will be present from 6pm to 8pm.  Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am, Wednesday, July 13th at Salem United Methodist Church (of which Kelly was a member), Newton.  Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Cancer Society, Salem United Methodist Church or Good Shepherd Hospice.

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10 thoughts on “James Kelly Harms

  1. I am very sorry to hear of Kelly’s passing. His friendly good nature was much appreciated in the Maintenance Department at Bethel. He fielded a million requests from me and always tried to help, making complicated questions much easier through his wit and good humor. I will greatly miss him. I hope all in his family will be able to treasure many good memories as I will.

  2. Kelly was very special to me when we worked together at community corrections. He regularly pranked me but was always there when I needed someone. My thoughts and prayers are with Cindy and the rest of of the family. He will be truly missed.

  3. Our prayers are with each of you during this difficult time. Prayers from the Bethel College Athletics Department.

  4. Cindy,
    I am so sorry this has happened. We are praying for your peace and understanding.
    Continued prayers & hugs,
    Stacy and David Middleton

  5. It was always so fun to run into Kelly on Bethel’s campus. He had such a fun-loving personality and a quick and witty sense of humor. He will be missed by all of us. Peace to his family during those moments that seem so dark without him.

  6. Cindy I am so sorry to hear the loss of your husband. I will be thinking about you and family through this difficult time.❤️

  7. Cindy, so sorry to hear about Kelly’ s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family during this difficult time.
    Robert Glick and Barbara Umscheid

  8. Cindy, my condolences and prayers on the passing of Kelly. I know you have many years of special memories that will lovingly support you during these difficult days. My best to you. You are a dear friend.

  9. I loved to cross paths with Kelly when I worked at Bethel. He was such a fun, sarcastic jokester. He made the days brighter. Much love to his family and friends in the wake of his passing.

  10. Cindy,
    Our prayers and condolences are with you and your family on the passing of Kelly.

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