The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

October 4, 2012

Donald J. Harms

The Joplin Globe


Donald Jay Harms, age 55, passed away on Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, at Freeman West Hospital.

Donald was born Dec. 18, 1956, in Wichita, Kan., son of the late Thelma L. Swem Lennick and Henry H. Harms, of Denver, Colo.  Donald grew up in Denver, and attended school there. He worked for years as a roughneck for oil rigs in Wyoming, before working as a truck driver in Colorado.  He moved to Joplin in 1984, and worked in all phases of construction in this area and most recently was working in railroad salvage.     

Donald loved his family and spending time fishing and hunting.  He was also an avid Denver Broncos fan!

In addition to his mother, Donald was preceded in death by a brother, Stan Lee Harms.

Survivors include his son, Jesse Harms, of Fairland, Okla.; daughter, Leandria Nigh and husband, Chance, of Carl Junction; his wife of many years, Lonna L. Hendrix Harms and his girlfriend, Geraldine Rearrick; brother, Mike Harms and wife, Jill, of Neosho, Mo.; sister, Pattie Reynolds and husband, Larry, of Joplin; grandchildren, Ian Stinnett, Lauren Stinnett and Jaylyn Harms.

The family will receive friends at Parker Mortuary on Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary.

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