Doris Harms

Doris Elaine Harms, age 97, of Aplington, Iowa, was born the daughter of Ben and Trena (Engelkes) Wickers on August 21, 1924, in rural Grundy County, near Fern Iowa. Doris graduated from Parkersburg High School, then attended Iowa Teachers College in Cedar Falls, Iowa. After her schooling, Doris taught in rural schools for six years.
Doris was united in marriage with Raymond Harms on January 31, 1947, at the Christian Reformed Church in Parkersburg. They lived on a farm east of Parkersburg for five years, then moved to the Harms family farm where they resided for 32 years. In 1984, the couple moved into Aplington.
Doris was a member of the First Reformed Church of Aplington, where she served as a Sunday School, Bible School and Catechism teacher. She was also a part of the Ladies Guild and Ruth Circle. Doris enjoyed cooking Sunday dinners for the family, winter bus trips all across the United States, and morning coffee with friends. Doris loved spending time with her grandchildren and attending their activities.
Doris passed away Saturday, September 4, 2021, at Maple Manor Village in Aplington. Doris is preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, Raymond; her parents, Ben and Trena Wickers; two infant sisters; and her twin sister, Doreen Hemmen; a nephew, Curt Stewart, in-laws, Harry Hemmen, Dale Stewart, Henry & Alice Harms, John & Jennie Schipper, John & Kathryn Harms, Calvin Meyer, Edward Harms and Donald & Edna Janssen.
Doris is survived by two daughters, Darla (Jerry) Burt of Urbandale, Iowa, and Danae (Doug) Tjeerdsma of Aplington; five grandsons, Eric (Jenni) Burt, Adam (Mary) Tjeerdsma, Brian (Beth) Burt, Scott (Julia) Tjeerdsma, and Nicholas (Kelsey) Tjeerdsma; eleven great grandchildren, Lennin and Bowen Burt; Callen, Nora, and Emerson Tjeerdsma; Louisa and Penelope Burt; Henry, Evelyn, and Miles Tjeerdsma; Beckett Tjeerdsma; one sister, Byrna Stewart of Parkersburg; two sisters-in-law, Fannie Meyer of Parkersburg and Ann Harms of Aplington; and many nieces and nephews.
 Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m., on Thursday, September 9, 2021, at First Reformed Church in Aplington, with Pastor Brett Vander Berg officiating. The organist was Cami Haugstad and she accompanied the congregation as they sang “Blessed Assurance” and “Amazing Grace”. Russ Meyer & Julia Tjeerdsma, accompanied by Leneé Pollock, sang “One Day At A Time” and “It Is Well With My Soul”. Burial was held at Pleasant View Cemetery in Aplington, and Eric Burt, Adam Tjeerdsma, Brian Burt, Scott Tjeerdsma, Nicholas Tjeerdsma and Arlyn Hemmen served as Casketbearers.
Visitation was held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, at the First Reformed Church in Aplington, and one hour before services at the church. Memorials may be directed to Cedar Valley Hospice or First Reformed Church in Aplington. Redman Funeral & Cremation Services – Aplington Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at


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