Off for an afternoon at the big racetrack in the sky on October 20, 2012, at the age of 81. Preceded in death by his parents, James C. and Nellie Harmes; a sister-in-law, Fern (Ward) Harmes; and a nephew, Rick Harmes, all formerly of Fall River, WI; a brother, Robert J. Harmes, of Lancaster, WI; a brother-in-law, N. Richard Harding of Portage WI; a nephew, Scott M. Harding of Homer, AK; plus many dear friends and other relatives. He is survived by a sister, Carol Harding of Portage, WI; and a brother, Richard C. Harmes of Oxford, WI, ten nieces and nephews, other relatives, and friends.Though he was a long time resident of Milwaukee, following cremation, interment will be in Fall River Cemetery in Fall River, WI. Any memorials may be directed to: the Milwaukee Public Library Foundation, 814 West Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53233, the American Lung Association of Wisconsin, 13100 West Lisbon Road, Suite 700, Brookfield WI, 53005, or a charity of your choice."Ave atque vale"