David Harms

David Harms, age 73, died May 24, 2019, at Kossuth Regional Health Center under the care of Hospice of the Heartland. Funeral services were Wednesday, May 29, at 1:30 p.m. at the Burt Activity Complex with the Rev. Walter Reemtsma officiating. Burial was in the Burt Township Cemetery following the services.

David Larry Harms was born to Jesse and Alleda (Ites) Harms in Algona, the eighth of 10 children born to this family. David attended the Portland Township County School until third grade then attended Burt Community School until graduation. 

In his younger years, David was well known for go-cart racing. He and several of his buddies from the Burt area were in the racing circuit and enjoyed the competition. After graduation, he worked construction and various other jobs in the Burt/Algona area, including working at Hormel for six years. In 1974, he started his own concrete business, Harms’ Masonry, which he operated for 37 years before retiring. He was known for his talent and excellent concrete work. He mentored many and passed this talent on to his son and business partner, Casey, who now owns and operates the family business. 

On Oct. 14, 1978, Dave and Rochelle "Shelly" Helmers were united in marriage at the Ramsey Reformed Church in Titonka. They have two children: Casey (Kay) Harms of Bancroft and Christa (Steve) Latch of Manly. They also have five grandchildren: Cole, Cody and Caden Harms and Piper and Steel Latch; one step-granddaughter, Emily Martin; and 2 step-great-grandchildren, Liam and Carter Martin.

Dave enjoyed fishing, hunting, ice fishing, playing huckley buck cards, and spending time with friends and family, especially their grandchildren. He liked the outdoors and all that nature had to offer, from bird watching to mowing lawn. He was well known for his “wit and storytelling.” He liked to reminisce about the olden days. Life was never dull when Dave was around!

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 40 years, Shelly, and their two children, Casey and Christa and their families; nine brothers and sisters, Jim and Kay Harms of Fort Dodge, Alvina Carlson of Algona, Betty and John Monaghan of Waverly, Andrew and Sylvia Harms of Pocahontas, Helen and Leroy Davis of Cedar Falls, Harris and Betty Harms of Burt, Ruth and Garry Davis of Waverly, Mary and Norman Carlson of Clarion, and Norma and Bob Ruhnke of Algona. He is also survived by his mother-in-law Bertha Helmers of Titonka; brothers- and sisters-in-law  Darryl and Susan Helmers of Knoxville, Deb and Mark Landheer of Buffalo Center, Sheryl and Doug Nelson of Britt, Lisa and Allen Dirksen of Titonka, and Janet and Mike Perkins of Titonka; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Jesse and Alleda Harms; his father-in-law, Dale Helmers; two brothers-in-law, Dick Jensvold and Phil Carlson; and twin sisters in infancy.

Oakcrest Funeral Services of Algona in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may made to www.oakcrestfuneralservices.com.


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