Marvin Loyd Harms
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Graveside services for Marvin L. Harms will be on Sunday, June 14, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at the Hartington City Cemetery with the Rev. Amanda Jertson officiating.  The Hartington VFW Post #5283 and the American Legion Riders will provide military honors.

Marvin Loyd Harms age 90 of the Embers Assisted Living Center Coleridge, Nebraska - formerly of Hartington, Nebraska, passed away Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at Park View Haven Nursing Home Coleridge, Nebraska.

According to his wishes, Marvin donated his body to the Anatomical Board of the State of Nebraska for medical research.

Marvin was born to George and Sophia (Saathoff) Harms March 30, 1923 in rural Glenville, Nebraska. After high school graduation, Marvin entered military service in the US Navy on January 26, 1942 and was honorably discharged on November 21, 1947 with the majority of his WWII service in the Pacific Theater. Marvin served aboard the destroyer USS Coghlan (DD-606) during which she earned eight bronze service stars for which Marvin was awarded seven battle stars including ALEUTIAN ISLANDS OPERATION, PACIFIC RAIDS, GILBERT ISLANDS OPERATION, MARSHALL ISLANDS OPERATION, MARIANA ISLANDS OPERATION, TINIAN CAPTURE AND OCCUPATION,LEYTE OPERATION and LUZON OPERATION. Perhaps highest among these most notable accomplishments by Marvin and the crew of the USS Coghlan was the fact that they "never lost a man during their time at sea". Entering the Navy as a seaman Marvin attained the rank of Machinist Mate 1ST class and was acting Chief Petty Officer at the time of his discharge. These were Marvin's most memorable years and he often referred to them.

After his military service, Marvin attended the University of Nebraska, Lincoln earning an Associate Degree of Agriculture and then began farming. He married Norma (Christensen) Harms of Pleasant Valley, Nebraska June 4, 1950. To this marriage were born six children. Marvin and Norma farmed near Obert, Wayne and Hartington, Nebraska. In the Mid 1950's as a result of a drought, Marvin and Norma moved their family to Long Beach, California where Marvin worked as a machinist for Douglas Aircraft. After returning, they farmed near Wayne and Obert until moving to rural Hartington in 1973. Marvin continued to farm there until 2011 when he entered the Embers Assisted Living Center.

He is survived by his daughter Michelle (Eldon) Vanderheiden, Laurel, Nebraska and son Timothy (Debra) Harms, Hartington, Nebraska, 7 grandchildren and brother Warren Harms, Fairfield, Nebraska. Marvin was preceded in death by his parents, wife Norma on April 11, 2003 at the age of 72 years, and four sons - Bruce, Mathew, Zachary and Daniel.




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I am very sorry to hear of Marvins passing. He will be missed at Parkview Haven. I am sorry for your loss.

Marge Thompson


So sorry to hear of your Dad's passing Tim. May he now Rest in Peace.

Dave and Emma Lou DeBlauw


I'm so sorry for your loss. I can't even imagine your pain. You can be sure God feels your pain. Isaiah 25:8 tells us: "He will swallow up death forever, and the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe away the tears from all faces." Jesus' promise of the resurrection is comforting as well (John 5:28,29). I hope these verses bring you some comfort as you endure.

Scott Smith


I am very sorry to see your dad passed away and I missed it last year. What a wonderful gesture to have his body donated to medical science for research. May he rest in peace knowing he continued to help others. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Hang in there and be strong.

Brad, Jodi and Nathan List


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