Robert Harms

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Robert R. “Bob” Harms, 84, of Swansea, born November 30, 1938, in Belleville, IL, passed away Thursday, June 15, 2023, at The Pointe Assisted Living, Jacksonville, IL.

 Bob grew up in Darmstadt, IL, where he attended a one room grade school and then graduated from Marissa High School. He then attended SIU Carbondale, transferred to University of Illinois, and graduated as a civil engineer. He was employed by the Illinois Department of Transportation. Bob married Judy Dintelman, the love of his life, in 1963, and they raised two beautiful daughters.

He was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ, the Fireside Club, and a volunteer with Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. He was a veteran in the United States Army Reserves. Through the years he had been a member of various other organizations including, Illinois Association of Highway Engineers, Illinois and National Society of Professional Engineers, Masonic Lodge, Advisory Board of Rainbow Girls, and Antique Radio Club. Besides family gatherings, Bob liked traveling, especially cruises, both ocean and river. One of his most treasured achievements was earning a private pilot’s license at age 45, and “soaring with the birds” for a few years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Marietta, nee Quathamer, Harms; his sister, Dorothy Qualls; and his brother, Jerry Harms, both of Arizona.

He is survived by his loving wife, Judy Harms, nee Dintelman;
two daughters, Debra (Jeffrey) Merryman of Apex NC, and Peggy (Mark) Twitchell of Greenfield, IL;
four grandchildren, Nicholas (Kristen) Merryman, Keith Merryman, Lyndsey Twitchell, and Garrett Twitchell;
two great-grandchildren, Abigail Merryman and Natalie Merryman;
two brothers, Richard Harms and Lee Harms;
one sister, Donna Ashmore;
and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul United Church of Christ, Belleville, IL, or the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Belleville, IL. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 20, 2023, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 20, 2023, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Michelle Torigian officiating.

Burial with military honors will be at Walnut Hill Cemetery, Belleville, IL.


4 Comments on Robert Harms

Mike budnicki said : Guest Report Jun 27, 2023 at 2:57 PM

Sorry for your loss. I worked at IDOT with Bob he was a great person to know.

  • Seansea
  • Illinois
Tamara Schuette said : Guest Report Jun 19, 2023 at 11:12 AM

I had the pleasure of serving with Bob on the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Board. He always had a smile on his face and kind words for all. He will be sorely missed.

  • Venedy
  • IL
Joe Tauser said : Guest Report Jun 17, 2023 at 11:32 PM

Bob was a member of the Antique Radio Club in St. Louis for many years. He was always cheerful and participated in the meetings by bringing some of his toys to show off. We will miss him.

  • St. Louis
  • MO
Lynn & Luci Bradley said : Guest Report Jun 17, 2023 at 9:09 AM

Judy: We were saddened to hear of Bob’s death He was a wonderful person He will be missed by his St Paul family Our prayers are with you.

  • Belleville
  • IL

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