James Harman (1937 – 2007)

James ?Jim? P. Harman, age 70, a resident of Kenosha, passed away on August 29, 2007 at home with family and friends at his side.

He was born on July 27, 1937 in Kenosha to Frank and Beulah (Bringham) Harman.

He was a lifelong resident of Kenosha.

He married Sandra Pagel on November 13, 1971at Bethany Lutheran Church in Kenosha.

Jim owned and operated Harman Machine Products in Kenosha for many years. He later retired from Powerbrace America in Kenosha as a Journeyman Machinist in 2001.

Jim was assistant Fire Chief then promoted to Fire Chief as volunteer for the Pleasant Prairie Fire Department for many years.

Jim also traced his genealogy back to the Mayflower from his family history.

His hobbies included his 1920 Case Steam Engine and thrashing Machine which he demonstrated at various fairs in Kenosha and Racine counties for years.

Jim served as a guest speaker on WLIP radio station in 1980. He discussed the great powder mill explosion of 1907 in Pleasant Prairie that killed ten people.

He was an excellent historical and railroad buff and loved reading books. Every morning he would listen to WLIP talk radio host Lenny Palmer and Lou Rugani.

He is survived by his wife Sandra; daughter Kelly (Kenny) Wegmuller of Twin Lakes; granddaughter Kayla Harman of Twin Lakes; brother-in-law Tom Pagel of Kansasville; his mother Beulah Harman of Kenosha; brother Jack (Jona) Harman of St. Germaine WI; two sisters Diane (Carl) Scherbarth of Oak Creek, and Gail (Dave) Librande of Sarona WI; sister-in-law Louise Harman of Pleasant Prairie, and twelve nieces and nephews.

Jim will be really missed by his many friends and family with his knowledge and willingness to help other people.

He was preceded in death by his father Frank Harman, two brothers Robert and William Harman.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, September 5, 2007 at 11:45am at Sunset Ridge Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be at Sunset Ridge Memorial Chapel from 11:00 until the time of the service. Family and friends are welcome. Burial will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family would be appreciated.

?May he rest in Peace?

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