Leonard M. Harms, 85, died at the Lake District Long Term Care Facility Monday, Oct. 3, 2011.
Leonard was born Oct. 22, 1926 to Walter and Irene (Supernant)Harms in Tracy, Minn.
He moved with his family to Wilbur, Wash. when he was eight years old. He met his wife to be Lorraine Stover at Grand Coulee Dam and the couple were married June 10, 1947.
Leonard worked with his father in Moses Lake, Wash. as a civilian fire fighter on the Moses Lake Air Base. Following his dad’s death in the line of duty, Leonard decided to start farming with his wife’s family. They moved to Lakeview over 60 years ago where they farmed with Herbert and Hazel Stover and their son Bob Harms. Leonard and Lorraine also started a dairy at Westside. In 1960 he was appointed Fire Chief of the newly formed Thomas Creek Westside Volunteer Fire Dept. He was a dedicated firefighter for 39 years until he retired in l999. While Leonard worked the family farm and volunteered as fire chief, he also worked for the Lake County Road Dept. for over 20 years. He had the ability to fix about anything and built whatever he could think of at the time.
Leonard was a dedicated dad to eight children and grandpa to 13. Over the decades more than 20 Honorary children and grandchildren lived with Leonard and Lorraine. They moved in for various reasons. The group of honorary children consisted of short term foster children, neighbors, friend’s children and relatives. Whatever the child’s needs were the door was always open to them. As they returned to their families or moved out to live on their own they remained forever in the hearts of Leonard and Lorraine.
Leonard was preceded in death by his parents; sister Betty Ernest; granddaughter Jama Harms; great-grandson Dilly Harms.
Survivors include his wife Lorraine M. Harms of Lakeview; son and daughter-in-law Robert (Bob) and Grace Harms of Lakeview; son Derek Harms; daughters and sons-in-law, Patty and Norm Redland of Ontario and Sandy and Ralph Burnes of San Antonio, Texas; daughter Sara Harms of Ontario; bother and sister-in-law Paul and Ginny Harms of Spokane, Wash.; brother Dale Harms in Illinois; 13 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; over 20 honorary children and grandchildren
A potluck luncheon was held at the First Baptist Church in Lakeview on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011 followed by a funeral service at the church. The burial took place in the family plot at the Westside Cemetery following the church services.
Casket bearers were Bill Albertson, Bob Warner, Roy Kerr, Lynn Gray, Kevin Smith and Norm Redland.
Contributions in memory of Leonard may be made to the Jama Harms Memorial Scholarship Fund, 103 S. E St. Lakeview 97630, the Westside Cemetery, C/O Carla Albertson, 15588 Westside Rd., Lakeview 97630 or to a charity of the donor’s choice
Ousley Osterman Huffstutter Funeral Chapel had charge of the arrangements.