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Edward L. Harms, 72, of Ashkum

Edward L. Harms, 72, of Ashkum, passed away on Sunday, May 16, 2021 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. Ed was born on March 28, 1949 in Kankakee, the son of Edward S. and Jennie (Bruns) Harms. Ed married Marilyn Kay Gillespie on August 29, 1970 at Assumption BVM Catholic Church in Ashkum. She preceded him in death on March 20, 2020.

Ed is survived by one daughter, Erin (Kenneth) Sorensen of Ashkum; one son, Ryan E. Harms of Clifton; two granddaughters, Andie Mathy (Nina Crowley) and Kaylee Mathy (Jasmine Clark); and one sister, Dorothy Eshleman of Cullom.

Along with his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Melvin Harms, Richard Harms and Larry Harms; and one sister, Ruth Mikeworth.

Ed worked maintenance for BASF for over 20 years. He was a member of Assumption BVM Catholic Church in Ashkum, as well as a former member of the Ashkum Lions Club. Ed was also an American Red Cross Blood Donor. He enjoyed woodworking, gardening, playing Scrabble, crossword puzzles, and playing shuffle board with his buddies.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 20, 2021 from 5-8:00pm at Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton. The Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, May 21, 2021 at 11:00am, at Assumption BVM Catholic Church in Ashkum. Fr. Doug Hauber will officiate. Burial will follow at Ashkum Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Uplifted Care Hospice.


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