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Marvin Harms, 81 - September 19, 2017

Marvin Leroy Harms, 81, of McCook, formerly of Culbertson, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, at the Community Hospital.
Services took place on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, at Peace Lutheran Church in McCook with the Rev. Bradley Rick officiating. Burial was at the Culbertson Cemetery.
Harms was born April 17, 1936, at Brule to Dick and Thelma (Dressler) Harms. As a baby, he was baptized in the Brule Lutheran Church and later confirmed there. He graduated from Brule High School in 1953.
After his mother passed away, his father eventually remarried and moved the family to Gothenburg. It was there that Marvin met and married Betty Lou Aden on June 16, 1957. To this union, four children were born.
He and his family resided at Gothenburg until 1974 when they moved to the Culbertson community, where he was employed with Perry Grain and McCook Equity until starting his own business, Southwest Fertilizer.
Harms was a member of Culbertson St. John’s Lutheran Church where he served as trustee and later attended McCook Peace Lutheran after their move to Highland Park Assisted Living.
He served on the Culbertson City Council and was mayor for some time. He was also a volunteer on the Culbertson Fire Department and Ambulance. He was an integral part of organizing, boxing and delivering Christmas boxes of groceries through Mid-Nebraska Community Service for both Culbertson and Trenton communities for families in need, a project and passion he provided for 25 years.
?Harms was known for his unremitting hard-work, his honesty and being a man of his word where a hand-shake was all that was needed, according to family members. His strong faith in his Savior and his strong-willed character helped him through life’s hardships and adversities, and most of all his love for people, especially his family.
He was known as a fun-loving guy who loved demolition derbies, and won every once in a while, playing tricks on his friends was also something he was known for, said the family. He loved including his family in his work and also in worshipping his God.
Harms was preceded in death by: his parents, Dick and Thelma Harms; step-mother, Rixtie; his son, Alan L. Harms in 2003.
Survivors include: his wife of 60 years, Betty Harms of McCook; three daughters—Shari (Jim) Lewis of Culbertson, Susi (fiancé, Don Bolt) and Peggy (Wayne) Needham, all of McCook; daughter-in-law, Sandra Harms of McCook; a sister, Helen Johnson of Grant; seven grandchildren—Alexis (Matt) Davidson, Austin (Chandra) Lewis, Alyssa (Todd) Bauer, Jake (Kali) Curl, Luke Curl, Aimee (Mitch) Hazlitt and Drew Harms; nine great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials are suggested to the Trenton Christmas Basket Fund.