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William Kemp Harms

July 26, 1928 June 24, 2009
William Kemp Harms
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William Kemp Harms, 80, of Peoria, died at 1:00 PM Wednesday (June 24, 2009) at his home.   He was born July 26, 1928 in Peoria, to William F. & Elsie Kemp Harms.  He married Dorthy L. (Herrin) Beckman on March 16, 2007 in Bartonville.  She survives.   He is also survived by a son: William (Carmen) Harms of Germantown Hills; 5 grandchildren; 4 step grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; a son-in-law:  Michael Slater of Bartonville; a step-son:  Darren (Jamie) Beckman of Pekin and a sister:  Jeanie Gulley of St. Petersburg, FL.   He was preceded in death by his parents; by his loving daughter, Lori Ann Slater on November 11, 2007; 2 brothers; and also a wife the former Shirline Chaney who died in 2007.   He served in the United States Army during World War II and was a member of the Peoria First Assembly of God Church.   He retired as an engineer from the Toledo-Peoria and Western Railroad.  Cremation rites have been accorded and a Celebration service will be held on Monday June 29, at 6 p.m. at Peoria First Assembly of God Church on Brandywine. Pastor Dean Grabill will officiate.    The Cremation Society of Mid-Illinois Co. Pekin/Peoria is in charge of the arrangements.

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