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James Kelly Harms, 65, of rural Newton passed away July 7th. Kelly was born August 10, 1956 to Willis and Wilma Harms of rural Whitewater. He was baptized on May 21, 1972 in the Grace Hill Church. Kelly attended Country Side Grade School, Elbing Grade School and Remington High School. He graduated from Bethel College. Kelly worked in the court system for a number of years and was most recently employed by Bethel College until he retired in January of 2022. On August 16, 1980, Kelly married Cindy Bogart of Phillipsburg, KS. They were married 42 years. Kelly had many business interests including farming and raising cattle. He enjoyed antique and coin collecting, camping, fishing, bicycling, jogging, and traveling. Throughout his life he was active in several sports. He could frequently be seen at auctions, flea markets and antique stores, quite often finding treasures for others. He loved spending time with family. Kelly had a keen wit and a teasing sense of humor. He loved history and had a terrific memory for historical details and facts. Survivors include his wife, Cindy, and mother, Wilma Harms. Other survivors are brother Gary and, wife, Linda Harms of rural Whitewater, sister Jane and, husband, Tom Washburn of rural Newton, several nieces and nephews with numerous great nieces and great nephews. Kelly was preceded in death by his father, Willis Harms. Visitation at Petersen’ Funeral Home Tuesday, July 12 from 5pm to 8pm. The family will be present from 6pm to 8pm. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am, Wednesday, July 13th at Salem United Methodist Church (of which Kelly was a member), Newton. Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Cancer Society, Salem United Methodist Church or Good Shepherd Hospice.
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