Jan. 21, 1930 – May 14, 2014

D. James Harms, the retired owner of a heating service company, died Wednesday after a brief illness. He was 84.

A lifelong resident of Eden, Mr. Harms graduated from Eden High School in 1948, where he was a pitcher for the school’s baseball team and also played on the first Eden School football team. He later attended Buffalo State College.

Mr. Harms was co-owner of Page-Harms Oil Co. in Eden, a heating service company that delivered oil and gas to farmers and homeowners.

He worked for the company from 1947 until his retirement in 2005.

He was a lifetime member of the Grand Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons of the State of New York; a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of which he was the first person from Eden to be appointed and receive the honor of district deputy grand master of Junior Lodges; and the first chief ruler of Eden Junior Lodge 14 in 1947.

He was also a lifetime member of the Slovenian Club of Gowanda.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, the former Joyce VanSlyke; two sons, David and Paul; two daughters, Kathryn Nordstrom and Susan Gabel; a sister, Marjorie Meadows; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Laing Funeral Home, 2724 W. Church St., Eden.