Dean Harms

By on May 5, 2011

Dean Harms, of Elburn and Post Lake, Wis., died Thursday, April 28, at AGI Health Care in Crandon, Wis. He was 81 years old. He was born on Sept. 26, 1929, in Aurora, son of the late Fred and Ruth (Minor) Harms. He married Laurine Amfahr on Sept. 13, 1952, in Mendota, Ill.

He was born and raised in Aurora, where he graduated from East High School. After marriage, he moved to Elburn, where he worked at his father’s auto dealership, Harms Chevrolet. He purchased the dealership from his father in 1969, and owned and operated it until 1994.

He owned a cabin on Upper Post Lake since 1972, where the family enjoyed many vacations and holidays. After retirement, Post Lake became his second home, and golf his primary pastime.

He was a member of the Harry Athletic Club in Aurora. He served as a volunteer, trustee and past president of the Elburn Fire Department. He was member and past president of the Elburn Lions Club, a member of Antigo Bass Lake Country Club and was a hole-in-one golfer.

Mr. Harms enjoyed fishing in Wisconsin and Canada, hunting crows and pheasants, playing pool and cards, waterskiing and snowmobiling. His travels took him to Europe, the Caribbean and many golf resorts.

Survivors include his wife, Laurine; a daughter, Carol (Ken) Brooks of Elcho, Wis.; three grandchildren, Steve Brooks and fiancee Nichole Valuch of Hartland, Wis., Laura Brooks of Milwaukee, Wis., and Ryan Brooks, a student at UW Stout; and a son-in-law, Ron Heuertz of St. Charles.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Nancy Heuertz.

A funeral service was held on Monday at 11 a.m. at Bradley Funeral Home, with Rev. Jack LaMar officiating. Burial took place in Elcho Cemetery. Visitation was Monday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at the funeral home.

Online condolences can be left at www.bradleyfh.com.