Howard Leon Harms

August 25th, 1929February 22nd, 2018

Howard Leon Harms lived from August 25, 1929 until February 22, 2018 – 88 and ½ years.

Howard was born in Gooding, Idaho to Phebe A. Johnson Harms and Frederick W. Harms.  He spent his childhood in central Idaho and in 1952 graduated Idaho State College with a degree in Fine Arts.  His first jobs were in newspaper and TV advertising in Idaho and Utah.  A position in sales for a direct mail advertising firm took him to Billings, Montana in 1956.  While there he won a National Advertising Association award for direct mail advertising design and production.  Billings is also where he met his future wife, Gayle Wincentsen, a recent transplant from Wisconsin. They were married in 1957 and bore two sons – Tracy Bruce and Timothy John.  They enjoyed life there for 15 years, where he was active in beginning Messiah Lutheran church and directed its octet ‘choir’.  In Billings Howard worked for an ad agency and as Aitch Advertising, and then in public relations and printing at Rocky Mountain College. They then spent a year in Kansas where Howard similarly directed public relations for Ottawa University.

They moved to Colorado and north Boulder in 1972 and soon added land and an A-frame cabin north of Allenspark. While rebuilding the cabin its land became an inholding of Rocky Mountain National Park expansion and they became neighbors to what is now its Wild Basin Entrance. Meanwhile, in Boulder Howard did printing design and sales as Colophon Press Services and Howard Harms Printing and Packaging.  The family became active members of Grace Lutheran Church in 1975, including Howard ushering and singing in choir for many years.  Most of his spare time was enjoyed doing mountain projects.  Between 2003 and 2007, as nature and American history ‘buffs’, he and Gayle retraced and studied the Corp of Discovery’s ‘Lewis and Clark Trail,’ participating in its bicentennial celebrations across the U.S.  Travel by train was another favorite activity.

Howard enjoyed good health until the last few years of his life, and he died peacefully in Boulder.  He is survived by two sisters, his wife, two sons, four grandchildren, two step grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.


Burial will be at Green Mountain Cemetery in Boulder, CO on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 12:30 PM.  Services will follow at Grace Lutheran Church in Boulder, CO at 1:30 PM.








Dear Gayle, Nelson and I were very sad to hear that Howard has passed away. We have enjoyed knowing both of you and I will always think of how brave he was after his surgery to let me help him with his treatments. Please know that we hope your family feels the peace and love that Howard always had for you. He was a kind and gentle man. Sincerely, Nelson and Barbara Smith
Dear Gayle, We are so saddened by news of Howard’s death. He was pure delight! It was always a treat to see you and Howard at our mutual interests. We will miss his enthusiastic greetings and smiles. It’s a loss for everyone. We are out of the country and have only your Allenspark address, so please forgive this impersonal but heartfelt message. Mary and Phil
I did not know Howard but I know you were both very brave in facing his illness. Carol Clark4
The sadness of a loss, reminds us to love each other our best each day. Howard once asked me, if the geese had flow over to the field that day yet.... each day sense his passing, I'm much more aware of the geese flying over to the field, it will always remind me of Howard and how important it is to pay attention to our short and precious life. Our family is sorry to miss his service, but Gayle, you will be in our hearts everyday. Your neighbors, Margo, Tom and William