Jim was born Dec. 5, 1931, at Le Mars, the son of James A. Harman Sr. and Margaret, Maggie Case Harman. He was welcomed home by three sisters, Francie, Eunie, and Bernie, and joined a few years later by brother Mike.
Jim attended country school. Jim enlisted in the United States Navy on Jan. 9, 1951. He served aboard the USS Fletcher and USS Walker as a Gunners Mate 3rd Class. Jim was honorably discharged from active duty on Oct. 28, 1954. He then returned and farmed with his father and brother for several years.
Jim and Natalie Ann Bork were united in marriage on Nov. 15, 1956 at Elk Point, S.D. Jim and Natty had seven children: James Andrew, Margaret Ann, Mark Lawrence, Michelle Lynn, Thomas Allyn, Donald Joseph, and Theresa Marie.
Jim, Natty, and family moved into Marcus in 1968 when Jim went to work for the Farmers Coop Elevator in Remsen for a couple of years. He then went to work for the Community Coop Oil Co. of Marcus and Remsen where he drove tank wagon until retirement. During retirement Jim enjoyed playing cards with his kids and grandkids and helping area farmers.
Jim was a member of the VFW post in Remsen, The Grace United Methodist Church in Marcus, and Rutland Masonic Lodge #607 AF and AM in Pierson, where he served as worshipful master in 1994. He also belonged to the Sioux City Scottish Rite Bodies and the Abu-Bekr Shrine Temple where he was a social member of the Rat Patrol.
Jim is survived by his children, Jim and his wife Betty of Cherokee, Ann and her husband Jim Horner of Thornton, Colo., Mark and his wife Mary of Sioux City, Shelly of Marcus, Tom and his wife Nancy of Marcus, Don of Colorado Springs, Colo., where he is serving in the U.S. Army, and Theresa and her husband Jason Schmid of Remsen. Jim has 22 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren with one more on the way. He is also survived by one sister, Bernie and Jake Dixson of Marcus and brother Mike and Marsha Harman of Kingsley and many, many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife Natty on Jan. 26, 1993; his parents Jim Sr, and Maggie; and two sisters and brothers-in-law, Francie and Doc Hayden of Cherokee and Eunie and Ed Delaney of Marcus.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Grace United Methodist Church in Marcus, with the Rev. Gary McDonough officiating. Burial will follow at Marcus-Amherst Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. today (Monday) at the Earnest- Johnson Funeral Home of Marcus. The family will be present from 5 to 7 p.m. with a prayer service scheduled at 7 p.m. followed by Masonic Rites. There will also be one hour of visitation at the church prior to the funeral.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons with granddaughters serving as his honorary pallbearers. Expressions of sympathy may be directed through www.mauerjohnsonfh.com.