Howard "Shorty" Harms - June 26, 2010
Howard “Shorty” Harms was born on June 19, 1914 on a farm near Cedar Rapids, Neb. He was the sixth of 13 children born to Bill and Mae Wilber Harms.
When Shorty was four years old the family moved to the Taylor Sheep Ranch that was located north of Grainton, Neb. The Harms family converted the ranch into farm ground. Shorty attended school in Grainton, graduating as the valedictorian in the class of 1931.
Shorty was married to Frances Hanks on Jan. 9, 1937. One son was born to this union. They made their home on a small farm near the Harms homestead. The marriage ended in divorce after seven years.
Shorty married Elizabeth “Babe” Kitterer on July 31, 1946. Three daughters were born to this union. They made their first home north of Grainton, and in 1960 they moved to their farm east of Paxton, Neb. Babe preceded Shorty in death in 1984.
He loved the farm life and remained on the home place until he was 94 when he moved to Westview Retirement Community in Grant, Neb. After breaking his arm this year, he moved to Linden Court in North Platte, Neb. and was transferred to Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte Thursday where he died early Saturday morning, June 26, 2010. He had recently celebrated his 96th birthday at Linden Court with his family surrounding him.
Shorty was a good athlete and an avid sports fan. His real love was baseball. He was always fond of the memoryof when Elsie beat Grant at the Perkins County Fair. He was 43 and was the manager as well as the catcher on the Elsie team. At the championship game his 19-year-old son, Roger, was pitching to him.
Shorty’s greatest passion was his family. He shared his love with his four children and each of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He always spoke individually with each of them and kept updated on each of their lives. He attended many of their school activities, sporting events, and special occasions. He recognized their birthdays by sending them cards or greeting them in person.
Shorty was a strong supporter of Paxton Tiger athletics. He particularly enjoyed a 23-year span watchingseven granddaughters and one grandson participate. He joined them in celebrating 10 state championship games. Shorty also served for two terms on the Paxton Board of Education.
In addition to his parents and wife Shorty was preceded in death by seven brothers, Leonard, Earl, Wes, Ray, John, Ernie and Bernie; four sisters, Hazel, Agnes, Esther and Helen; two great-grandchildren, Megan Harms and Elliot Perlinger.
He is survived by those he dearly loved, one son, Roger and wife Kathy Harms of Grand Island, Neb.; three daughters, Mickey and husband Steve Sorensen of Lincoln, Neb., Kristie and husband Don Davison and Pam and husband Mike Perlinger, all of Paxton; 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; one brother, Harvey Harms of Grainton; many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held June 29, 2010 at the Paxton United Methodist Church.
Burial was in the Paxton Cemetery.
A memorial has been established in his name that will benefit students at Paxton Consolidated Schools.
Bullock-Long Funeral Home of Grant was in charge of arrangements.