Retired Supply Corps Capt. Herbert Harms, a resident of Gig Harbor since 1991, died Sept. 27, 2013.
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Capt. Herbert Harms
He graduated from Livermore High School, Calif. in 1955, and went on to Oregon State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business. On July 30, 1960 he married the love of his life, Susan Lavinder of Pleasant Hill, Calif. The following year, he went to Officer Candidate School to begin a decorated, 30-year career in the U.S. Navy. Highlights included being on the commissioning crew of the USS Kamehameha
(SSBN-642), earning his MBA at Harvard University, and serving as Commanding Officer, Fleet Material Support Office, Naval Support Activity Mechanicsburg, Pa. He received many decorations and honors during his career including three Meritorious Service medals and two Legion of Merit medals.
After 17 moves, three children, and several dogs later, Capt. Harms retired in June 1990. After retirement, he designed his home in Canterwood and was heavily involved in its construction. After re-locating to downtown Gig Harbor, he greatly enjoyed working on his historic home and helping his wife create an amazing garden. He was an avid golfer, passionate supporter of Oregon State, and enormously proud of his children and grandchildren. His wife, a son, two daughters and nine grandchildren survive him. A funeral service and burial will be held Feb. 6, 2014 at Arlington National Cemetery.