HARMS, Rev. Gerald E. “Jerry”; Harms passed away at peace and at home following complications from hip surgery on November 22, 2014. Funeral Service will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at Faith Lutheran Church, 12534 South Holly Road, Grand Blanc, Pastor Todd A. Biermann and Vicar Robert Scott co-officiating. Burial in Great Lakes National Cemetery. Visitation 1 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Swartz Funeral Home, 1225 West Hill Road, Flint, MI. Pastor Harms will be at the church 9 a.m. Wednesday until the time of the service. Jerry served in the US Army returning to Rochelle to farm with his father in 1953. Jerry would answer a higher calling later in life and at the age of 35 entered the Concordia Theological Seminary of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod in Springfield, IL. Jerry ministered at churches in AZ, NM, TX, CO, FL and MI. His love of family was superseded only by his love of God. Even after retirement he made weekly shut-in and hospital calls, as well as substituting for pastors on vacation or church vacancies. If not out doing God’s work, Jerry could be found watching a John Wayne movie, the Cubbies or Da Bears. He was an only child born December 16, 1931 to Jim and Mable Harms of Rochelle, IL Jerry was preceded in death by his wife, Joan in 2004 and son, Jamie in 1994. Two sons and two daughters survive him in life. M. Chip Harms, of Dallas, TX, Dr. Scott Harms of Rochelle, IL, Cathy Harms and Connie Harms-Srogi of Clarkston, MI. He is survived by many grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; and many extended family and numerous friends. He is also survived by the love of his life and fiance, Ms. Patti Lewis, of Imlay City, MI, as well as Patti’s family who he treated and loved as his own and they him. In lieu of flowers the family asks that you make a donation to the: Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch, POB 5007, Minot, ND. 58702. Your condolences may be shared with the family at swartzfuneralhomeinc.comPublished in Daily Tribune on Nov. 24, 2014+Read More Share Listen to Obituary Remember Share a message, photo, or video below View all messages 16 "You all are in my thoughts and prayers. Jerry has joined my..."- Marilyn Wert"As we celebrate Advent and Christmas, may you be comforted in..."- C Jones"To all the Harms family...My love and prayers go out to you. ..."- Jan Schlak"Pastor Harms baptized my two children and me on Easter..."- Carol Rhoades"To the family of Pastor Harms, God be with you all at this..."- Sadonna Myers Add a memory or condolence to the guest book Add Message Please add or record a video for the family of Gerald Harms Add a video + Please add a photo and share in the life story for Gerald Harms Add a photo + http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dailytribune/obituary.aspx?n=gerald-harms&pid=173262099&fhid=4727