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Dr. Harold H. Harms

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Funeral services for Dr. Harold H. Harms will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2013. He passed away on April 2 at Princeton Place in Ruston, LA.

Visitation will be from 9:00 to 11:00 AM in the Burkhalter Chapel at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1000 W. Woodward Avenue, Ruston, LA on Saturday, with the funeral service beginning at 11:00 AM. A graveside service will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery, 2300 W. California Ave. Ruston, LA.

The youngest of eight children, Dr. Harms was born in Cordell, OK on Sept. 6, 1916, to John H. Harms, M.D. and Margaret Ruth Kliewer.

Always kind and compassionate, Dr. Harms was instilled with a deep faith and a strong work ethic as a result of his Mennonite upbringing. All who knew him recognized him as a friend and gracious gentleman.

Dr. Harms graduated from Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas with an AB, then received his BS from the University of Oklahoma. Attending the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine, he received his M.D. in 1941, at which time he also married his beloved wife, Ruth Maydell James. His residency in Eye Ear Nose and Throat was in Detroit at Shurly Hospital and Wayne County Hospital. Later, he did further studies in ophthalmology and remained in that specialty throughout his career.

During WWII Dr. Harms served in the front lines of the European theater as a Combat Surgeon then later as Battalion Surgeon for the 13th Infantry (1942-1945).
In 1949 Dr. and Mrs. Harms moved to Ruston, Louisiana, where he was a physician at Green Clinic until his retirement in 1985.

Dr. Harms was a former member and president of Kiwanis Club, Boy Scouts, and a long-time member of Trinity United Methodist Church. He also received the Axson Chopin Award of the Louisiana Public Health Association for his contributions to Public Health in Louisiana. After retiring from Green Clinic, Dr. Harms continued teaching ophthalmology and neuro-ophthalmology at LSU Shreveport School of Medicine and, in his 80s, returned to college to study Greek and Hebrew.

Dr. Harms is preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Ruth Maydell Harms. Left to cherish his memory are three daughters: Karen Marie Harms of Dubach; Linda Jayne Harms Lee of Dallas, TX, and Mary Frances Harms Sanderlin of Dubach. He is survived by five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

The family would like to express appreciation and thanks to his friends and colleagues from Green Clinic, the staff Northern Louisiana Medical Center, the staff of Lifecare Hospital, and the staff of Princeton Place, who provided him with excellent and compassionate care.

Pallbearers will be Ken Sanderlin, Dwight Lee, Jr., Corey Foster, Dustin Foster, Wayne Foster and Jason Craig.

Honorary pallbearers will be Adam Green and Jason LeBrun.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in memory of Dr. Harold Harms to either The Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home, P. O. Box 929, Ruston, LA 71273, or Bethel College Development Office, 300 East 27th St. North Newton, Kansas 67117.

To leave a memorial message for the family, please visit www.owensmemorialfuneralhome.com

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