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Warden D. Harms

Posted on July 6, 2013 at 1:00 a.m.

June 28, 1920 - July 3, 2013

ELKHART — Warden D. Harms, 93, died at noon Wednesday, July 3, 2013, at Hubbard Hill Estates from natural causes.

Ward was born June 28, 1920, in Elkhart to David and Edna (Woodman) Harms. He married Noreen Albert on March 8, 1942, in Myrtle Beach, S.C. She died June 29, 2005.

He is survived by four children, Ronna (David) Swartz of Nappanee, Greg (Linda) Harms of Durham, N.C., Jacquelin Harms of South Bend and Mary K. (Dennis) Weaver of Mishawaka; seven grandchildren, Paul Swartz, Andrew (Christina) Sekora, Jennifer (Edward) Krattli, Sally (Scott) Johnson, Nathan (Jennifer) Harms, Michelle (Allen) Richards and Dana Weaver; eight great-grandchildren, Stephanie Yoder, Sarah Sekora, Katelyn Harms, Meghan Johnson, Colin Sekora, Connor Harms, Mia Weaver and McKenzie Weaver; and three sisters, Shirley Linder of Goshen, JoAnn (Conrad) Stephens of Greenville, Wis., and Doris Lee (Lee) Hoyt of Goshen.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Noreen; and his sister, Jane Miskin.

Ward graduated from Elkhart High School in 1938 and attended Wabash College. He was a career U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force pilot for 27 years, serving in World War II and the next 22 years together with his family around the U.S. and Japan, plus several overseas postings on his own. He retired in 1967.

He was a member of Bristol United Methodist Church and was often found teaching a Sunday school class and singing in the choir. His hobbies included barbershop singing with “The Valleyaires” of South Bend and Mishawaka, and being an avid Chicago Cubs fan, golfer and bowler, as well as doing some art projects such as making various stained glass objects.

Visitation will be at 10 a.m. Monday, July 8, 2013, at Chapel Hill Funeral Home, 10776 McKinley Hwy., Osceola, followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m. The Rev. Fred Stayton will officiate. Inurnment will be at a later date in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Osceola.

Memorials may be made to Bristol United Methodist Church, 201 S. Division St., P.O. Box 275, Bristol, IN 46507. Online condolences may be sent to the family at