Doug was born July 7, 1948, to Wes and Irene Harms. He was a member of the first graduating class of Lincoln Senior High School of Sioux Falls, SD, in 1966. He attended the University of SD-Springfield, where he met the love of his life, Joyce Vilhauer, of Tripp, SD. He graduated with a certification in diesel mechanics. He and Joyce were married May 17, 1968, shortly after Doug joined the US Navy, where he served as a member of the Seabees in Vietnam and Hawaii. Joyce joined Doug while he was stationed in Hawaii, and it was there that their first child, Jeffrey Douglas, was born. After the Navy, the family returned to the Sioux Falls area, and their second child, Vicki Jo, was born.
Doug had his own diesel mechanic business in Sioux Falls, and then became a US Postal Service employee, repairing postal equipment across the eastern half of South Dakota. Doug could repair almost anything from bicycles to diesel engines, from Lionel train sets to pinball machines. He was a quiet, humble man who enjoyed helping people because he was kind and because it was the right thing to do.
He loved hunting, camping, spending time with his grandsons, having a drink with his friends, reading, doing crossword puzzles, and playing Playstation Golf with Joyce almost every afternoon.
He is survived by his wife Joyce, his daughter Vicki, his son-in-law Chris Sommerich and their sons Eli and Ben Sommerich, his sister Donna (John) Kluczny, his sisters-in-law Esther Weber, Carol (Bill) Smith, Lillian (John) Larsen, brother-in-law Glen (Darla) Vilhauer, numerous nieces, nephews, relatives, and a host of friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, his brother Dave, and his son Jeff.
The funeral service will be held at Anderson, Jones, Corcoran Funeral Home in Harrisburg on August 26th at 11:00 am. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service with family present to greet friends.