William J. Harmon

In Memorandum

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Born Dec. 14, 1957, in Chicago, Bill died Saturday, January 8, 2005, in a car accident on Route 59 in Bartlett, Du Page County, Illinois. Bill worked for Synthes Corporation and more importantly, worked within the entire Fox Valley community to spread the good news of Christ. Bill loved life, and life eternal.

The very thought that there are so many who don’t have a relationship with Christ drove him. It drove him to spend many hours of his free time serving others, in various capacities. Bill was very involved in leadership at Christ Community Church, whether it be a community group leader, Men’s Ministry leader or head of the usher/greeter ministry.

What ranked top on Bill’s list, though, was reaching others with the good news of Christ. He spent numerous hours in the planning of major church events, with the intention of reaching many, but realizing that to even reach one would mean that the hours were well spent. Bill had such an impact on so many lives throughout the community, and those who love him have a hard time understanding just why he had to leave them. But, they all realize that God’s plan and purposes far surpasses theirs and it is perhaps in his death, not his life, that Bill may make his greatest impact. In addition to time spent at Christ Community, he was a dedicated father and soccer coach, to his daughter Jamie’s team, “The Lady Elite.”

Family was everything to Bill, and he was his girls’ biggest cheerleader. He loved his wife, Mary and his girls, Jenna, Jamie and Julianna with all his heart. He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Mary; daughters, Jenna, Jamie and Julianna; his parents, William and Eleanor Harmon of Grand Rapids, Mich.; brother, Kirk (Beth) Harmon of Grand Rapids; sister, Mary (Dan) Neville of Pennsylvania; his in-laws, Carmen and Marge Calderone; and six nieces and nephews.

Bill had a passion for people. He thought of others first, and realizing our time here is fleeting; he was driven to reach and impact as many people as possible. What makes a man care so much about others?

The answer is a “personal” relationship with Jesus Christ. Bill’s pursuit of people was because of his passion for Jesus Christ. Will you find out more about how a relationship with Jesus Christ inspired Bill to reach out to people?

Would you consider a relationship with Jesus Christ? You can find out why a life with Jesus is the most important decision you can ever make, and a decision you will never regret.

If you have further questions about how to begin a relationship with Jesus Christ, please contact Bill’s church, Christ Community Church, in St. Charles, Illinois. You can call 630.513.7500 or visit their web site at http://www.ccclife.org for more information.

Guest Book for William Harmon

April 27, 2008

I miss you so much! Today I thought of you and how much you mean to me and how much you touched my life. I will never forget you. I love you. Please be sure to be there with me during my graduation. I know you will be there in spirit. You were more than my dad-you were my role model and my best friend. I love you, daddy. Keep it busy up there in heaven. I can’t wait to see you again. Love you, miss you.

Your firstborn daughter,
Jenna Christine Harmon

Jenna Harmon (Saint Charles, IL)

January 7, 2008

Daddy, tomorrow will be three longggg years without you. Sometimes I never think I’m actually going to accept you being gone, sometimes I still can’t believe it, and I can’t imagine the future without you. It’s only going to get harder. I’m starting to forget everything about you, and I hate it so much. My life has changed completely with you being gone, and it sucks not having you with me, it’s SOO hard without you, I need you, we all do. We miss you very much and there’s not a day that goes by without thinking of you. I can’t wait to see you again, I know it may be awhile but I can wait because I know I’ll be with you forever. Please keep watching over us, mom needs you, she misses you so much. I wish God didn’t have to take you, because I never expected this to happen, and life would be SO much easier with you here. But I will never ever forget the memories I had with you, and I ALWAYS think of our conversation and all the amazing memories I had with you before you died…you know what I’m talking about. I love you sooooooooo much, and miss you soooooo much. I wish you were here, and keep your promise to walk me down the aisle when I get married please, you promised, I know you’ll be there in spirit, love birdyy/burgie

Jamie Harmon (Saint Charles, IL)

October 20, 2007

I came across this website in search of an old school friend of mine that I grew up with in East. Grand Rapids. I had recently attended my mother’s funeral and Bill’s name was mentioned which stirred my curiosity to look him up.

Bill and I attended elementary, Jr high, high school and college together. We both made the tract down to Dallas looking to make a name for ourselves. After reading about Bill and his family, I am in awe of the life he lived and the family and friends he had.

To his family my prayers are with you and my apologies for waiting until now to look Bill up.

Jon Irwin (Granbury, TX)

April 19, 2007

As I sit here typing I miss Billy more today than I can possibly imagine. It has been over 2 years since Billy went to be with our heavenly father. I miss doing ministry with Bill at CCC. I miss being a part of the many Bible studies we did together whether he led them or we were just part of them together. I miss going to the different sporting events we went to. He is a Packer fan, I am a Bear Fan. He is a Detroit Tiger fan; I am a White Sox fan. He is a Michigan fan; I am a Notre Dame fan. By putting Bill in my life there is no doubt in my mind God has a sense of humor. I miss going to Promise Keepers with Bill. We had some unbelievable times in Indianapolis, Chicago and Washington DC. Those memories will be with me for a lifetime. But most of all I miss just being able to talk with him. I think we talked almost every day about everything humanly possible. I know sometimes Mary was none too pleased because in her words “we were like a couple of hens”. Mary you need to know Bill truly loved you. He always talked about you and how much you were the love of his life. I miss my friend but I know he is in heaven just partying like only Bill can. See ya soon brother, I Love You.

Tim Hovious (Saint Charles, IL)

January 14, 2007

Mr. Bill Clinton sir (or at least that’s what I called you),
I just wanted to say thank you so much for coming into my life. You were always so happy, and upbeat. You could always make me smile :). I will never forget the day you came to my house with a soccer jersey asking my mom if I could play indoor soccer with you. That made me feel so good, and it was a great experience to have. Jamie, Jenna, and Juliana are the three most precious girls. I’m sorry you had to go and not see them graduate high school, move on to college. But at least you will always be watching over them.
you are missed dearly,

Dan the Man (Saint Charles, IL)

January 8, 2007

2 years have passed and I still think of you often. It seems at least once at each annual meeting I’ll do a double-take, swearing that I’ve seen your face in someone else’s. I knew you were a great guy, but I had no idea what an inspiration you’d become to me as a father to 2 daughters. You are loved and missed by me and many others in your family at Synthes.

Kent Pendleton (Glenview, IL)

January 8, 2007

Today is two years without Bill’s smiling face His wonderful sense of humor It is so quiet in the house without him I miss his laugh and the way he always made me laugh, I miss him running around to catch Jamie and all his silly nicknames he would call Juliane I miss is constant encouragement towards Jenna when things got tough for her I miss him teasing the dog I miss going out on dates with him and vacations with him and most of all his love to coach the game of soccer How he loved “his girls”!! I miss him not seeing how beautiful his daughters are becoming!! I miss talking to him and making decisions together. I know where he is and he is surrounded by JOY no sorrow But unfortunately I am here left to raise three girls on my own I guess friends family and faith has gotten me out of bed in the morning I didn’t know how much of a survivor I was until January 8th 2005 Bill always said everyone will be dealt a “wildcard” in their life How do you handle it? The Harmon girls would like to Thank all of your wonderful very touching notes about Bill I must say everything that was said about him I already knew. He loved us so much as we loved him. We know we will see him again in Heaven and be together once again. I am still grieving. I think about Bill everyday all the time. But I can grieve without Faith or with Faith I will chose Faith. Today was the first time I have ever seen this site! It was too painful for me to see his pictures I am sitting here crying as I write this to all of you I guess this is a one step accomplishment for me to read the guest book. God Bless Us ALL

Mary Harmon (Saint Charles, IL)

November 4, 2006

We miss you Mr. Harmon, so very much. We are at a tourney this weekend and me and Mary l were thinking of you and that we miss you so much. Our team is gone soo far. But without you I wouldn’t be here today. We love you and miss you a whole lot.

Leah & Maryl DeMoss & Behm (Saint Charles, IL)

August 25, 2005

Mr. Harmon
I know I’m a little late signing this but I really couldn’t think of the right words to say to describe how much you impact my life. I remember the first day of Elite practice like it was yesterday. I pulled up to the soccer field scared out of my mind, and when I got of the car you greeted me like you had known me forever. You said not to worry and that the season was going to be a blast! And that it was. Mr. Harmon I think of you EVERY time I touch my foot to a soccer ball. I will never be able to forget you. I miss you.

Love always
Molly Strom

Molly Strom (Wausau, WI)

April 13, 2005

I write this entry to let others know who Bill was to me. I had the opportunity to coach with him the last year and a half. He took me in like son from the first day. He taught me so many things, but here are a few. He showed me what being busy for the Lord is all about. He never grew tired of doing good and encouraging others. It wasn’t all about preaching either. He did it with a smile or a positive word. If you read some of the girl’s responses you can see the impact this had. His most famous words for me were “character and integrity”. His life was all about being and doing the things that he said. This changed how I look at a lot of situations and I know it will continue to in the future.

Just by looking at this website and at what I have heard so many people say, Bill was an influential person. My belief is that it was not by his own strength that he could accomplish all this. He relied on God and his Savior Jesus Christ. When I think of Bill, I think of the power of Christ in a person’s life. The power of Christ to change him, and the Holy Spirit to enable him.
I will never forget this man’s life. Now I look ahead. I look at the girls on the Lady Elite, and I see a lot of fun. I dedicate this year to Bill and his family. God bless.

Coach Phil Krahenbuhl (Saint Charles, IL)

March 13, 2005

Dad, I miss you so much. You were more than just a father to me; you were a HUGE role model. I wanted to be just like you when I grew up. You were so inspirational to everybody you knew. I will love you forever. I miss you. Jenna.

Jenna Harmon (Saint Charles, IL)

March 8, 2005

Mr. Harmon.
You are the greatest guy I ever knew! You have impacted my life a ton and I thank you for all that you have given to me. You were a great coach as well; you always had a smile on your face even when we were losing because you believed in us that we could do it. Even though you aren’t here with us right now, you are watching from heaven. Lady Elite is going to do great this year and we owe it all to you! Thank you so much for everything your awesome Mr. Harmon!
We love you and miss you so much!

Kaitlyn Julison (Saint Charles, IL)

March 8, 2005

Mr. Harmon I miss you soo much! You were not only a great coach, but an awesome friend. I remember the first day I met you. I walked into the East high school and you said “hello you must be Leah” I always remembered that. If it wasn’t for you Mr. Harmon I wouldn’t be where I am right now, soccer wise! When I go and play soccer I always think of you. Well I will always finish strong. I miss u!
Love, Leah

Leah DeMoss (Elburn, IL)

March 5, 2005

Greetings. I am absolutely devastated to have discovered this site and the news of Bill’s passing… I only clicked on this link after being contacted from a friend from years ago and this site was linked to my friend’s website. It is 1:30 a.m. Saturday and I have numerous emails to return but I was so captivated by this wonderful tribute to this influential man – Bill Harmon that I had to respond here. I viewed the wonderful photo album and was moved to read the amazing tribute that was written from his colleges. I am deeply sorry for the passing of this wonderful man and do wish the Harmon family strength and unity in this time. I DO NOT know this man and I have no idea what happened and why he is no longer with us but I look into this man’s eyes in the images and see genuine goodness. I am just devastated to have learned such beautiful women (wife and daughters) are left behind without him. I recognize just a peace and goodness in this man’s face and loved the wonderful message of his legacy that was mentioned in the tribute. Please accept my apologies for my small donation (it’s as much as I can afford at this time) but there is nothing more important than the future of the Harmon girls and I wanted to participate in their education in this small way. My deepest condolences to your family and know that although I am not at all religious, I am deeply moved by this site and tribute to Bill. I wish I would have known him in this life. The loss of Bill is felt even in a stranger such as me and I wish to forward my sincerest regards to the Harmon Family in this time.

Anthony Mastrino (Los Angeles, CA)

February 16, 2005

When I get to heaven Bill will greet me wearing a baseball cap and smoking a cigar. I miss Bill and my sympathy goes out to the Harmon family and everyone who Bill touched.

Joe Degidio (Geneva, IL)

February 12, 2005

Mr. Harmon…there is so much to say about you. You were such a great person, always helping others come closer to God, and also helping young girls pursue their dreams in soccer. You were such a great coach to me, and I thank you so much for that. Going to the USA cup in Minnesota with you coaching us was a blast, especially with the fart machines the girls bought at the mall! You were always fun to be around; you could easily turn a frown into a bright cheery smile. You were one of the nicest people I’ve met, and I wish you were still here with us, even thought I know you are looking down upon us from Heaven.
This year hopefully the Lady Elite soccer team will shock the world like you once told us!
We love and miss you,

Em ((General)) Fairall (Saint Charles, IL)

February 10, 2005

My heart goes out to Mary and the girls.
I knew Bill for 16 years at Synthes. He was a caring friend and colleague and I will miss him.
God needed another angel so He called upon Bill to join Him.

Elaine Barakett (Chicago, IL)

February 8, 2005

A “College Education Fund” benefiting his three daughters has been established. The Web site for the college fund is http://www.billharmon.org. The “Bill Harmon Memorial Golf Outing” for 2005 will be held on Friday, July 29th at the Mill Creek Golf Club in Geneva, Illinois. Additional information can be obtained by calling Christ Community Church at 1-630-513-7500.

Fox Valley Links Fellowship (Saint Charles)

February 6, 2005

Dear Harmon family, I am a friend of Mary Neville, and I just want to offer my prayers as you go through this unbelievably difficult time.

Nancy Klinowski (Clifton Park, NY)

February 5, 2005

Mr. Harmon, I know you are watching over us each and every day and knowing that you will always be there to watch your girls, your angels, encourages all of us. Death is a tricky thing and for most people it will change the way they look at life. You made such an impact on my life and I know I’m not the only person who you have impacted. There are so many people who lives were changed from your presence here on earth and I know you are in heaven right now, changing many others. Your goal in life was to help out as many people as you could, to bring them closer to God, and so many people who have met you will never look at life the same way. I now that you have changed my life. Every day I wish i was half as good as a person as you. You weren’t just a soccer coach to me. You were so much more than that. No matter what the score was you never lost faith in us, and knowing that you believed in us, made us believe in ourselves. You were always so positive and no matter how badly we played, you still had faith, you still believed. I’ve never met anyone who was so passionate and as loving as you. You once said, “We are going to shock the world. We are here in Minnesota and we are going to prove to these teams that we are the best. We’re going to shock the world girls. Let’s go out there and show them what we’ve got.” I believe that you have brought our team together and we are not a team of 16 girls, we are a team of one. One strong team, who you never gave up on. A team you were always willing to coach and to love. Well Bill, I believe in us too, and I know that we are going to shock the world. Not for us, but for you. For the coach who always believed in us. For the coach who was always there to hold our heads up high and to make us believe. WE BELIEVE IN MIRACLES!!!!! And you Bill, are the biggest and greatest miracle that’s ever happened in my life. For the year and a half that I’ve known you and grown to love you, you have made me a better person and I will never forget what you have done for me. We are shocking the world for our miracle, for you, Coach.
Love Always, Mini

Lauren (Mini) Hoepper (Saint Charles, IL)

February 2, 2005

Hello–it is with great sorrow I write this message. I know Bill through his courageous spirit and gracious personality. I was invited into his Men’s group, family and home many years ago. Although I only knew Bill and his family for a short period of time, he was in my thoughts as I began my new life in Phoenix. I can honestly say that Bill lit the spirit of God inside me and his loss, although so terribly tragic, I know in my heart his work, life and legacy will live forever.

Keith Draper (Scottsdale, AZ)

February 1, 2005

Dear Harmon family,

Mr. Harmon I know you cannot read this right now but we all love you and miss you so much. You were a great father to Jamie, Julie and Jenna, and you were a great soccer coach to me. A lot of other girls would agree with me on that. You were a great soccer coach, always so positive. But there was much more to you than that. You left a lasting impression with me, and I know that I will never forget you. I always knew looking back on tears would make me laugh. But really, I never knew that looking back on laughs would make me cry. For the short period of time I knew you, I began to get to know you and it made me feel like I had known you for a much longer period of time. I will never forget you.

Lauren Eberts (Saint Charles, IL)

February 1, 2005

I am a friend of Minnie Vecere and I would like to send my deepest sympathy to you and your family.

Marion Zuccarelli (West Windson, NJ)

January 31, 2005

My prayers and sympathy go to your entire family on the loss of your loved one. God Bless you all.

Terry Stia (Bordentown, NJ)

January 29, 2005

I was so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. It is with a heavy heart that I type these words. Having found out about Bill in last Sunday’s Grand Rapid Press (Jan 16, 2005), it has taken me some time to think and put his life in perspective after not seeing him for so many years.

Bill and I were once childhood friends in elementary school, and I will forever remember our shared experiences in the fifth grade–1968-1969 or there about. He knows of what I speak. After Lakeside Elementary, we went our separate ways I’m afraid, and now to my deep regret, for I have little knowledge or understanding of the human being Bill became.

It is difficult to understand the ways of the mystery we all live, the connections and disconnections, the life of faith and chance. As I sit here listening to Pat Metheny Group’s new album “The Way Up,” I can only hope that whatever our personal beliefs there is a “way up” that takes us beyond the loss we all feel.

Dawn (McIlhargey) and I send our sympathy to the Harmon family.

Mark Wigert (Grand Rapids, MI)

January 14, 2005

Thanks for all the memories and your thoughtful words of advice. You’ll be missed. Your pal Johnnie Wallace

John Wallace (Saint Charles, IL)

January 14, 2005

I had the privilege of knowing Bill from Christ Community Church and at work in the Operating Room at Mercy Center in Aurora. Whether at church or at work, I was always happy to see Bill’s smiling face and enjoyed his uplifting conversations.

On many occasions at Mercy, we would chat while waiting for a case to start. Bill’s favorite topic was Christ; in particular, his passion was encouraging men to take their God-appointed leadership roles within the home. He had an UN-extinguishable fire to build men up, and therefore, build up the family unit.

I will always cherish the time I spent talking with Bill about our Lord and the many ways he desired to reach others for Christ.

See, Bill was right, God is still working for our good (Romans 8:28).

Because to be apart from this body is to be with Christ, I smile as I think of you in the presence of our Savior.

Joni Smith

Joni Smith (North Aurora, IL)

January 13, 2005

Mr. Harmon,
I know u can’t read this now and you might not remember me but I miss you so much and you will always be in my heart and I will never ever forget you! I miss you and your family so much and you will always be in my heart 4 ever and you are my hero! I love you so much and am soo sorry! I cry ever night and miss you so much! I hope I will see you one day again! I love you!

Allison Kathleen Allcock (Marvin, NC)

January 12, 2005

William J. Harmon Tribute
December 14, 1957 – January 8, 2005

It is a sad fact that, all too often in life, we never fully appreciate the true value of any human relationship until it is abruptly taken from us and this is certainly true in the case of Bill Harmon. Words cannot express the sorrow felt by family, friends and colleagues over the untimely home going of Bill which came as a shock to all who knew him.

Bill had a lifelong passion for the game of golf and its traditions. He became a keen and competent golfer playing many of the major courses in the Midwest. On the golf course Bill had an engaging sense of humor and some delightful idiosyncrasies keeping many of his golfing buddies in stitches. Bill mentioned often that he enjoyed the game of golf so much because it is so similar to the game of life, with its many obstacles, struggles, victories, conflicts, and… Blessings. His favored line was that if you’re not modest about your abilities when you start playing the game, it won’t take long for you to assume a role of humility…that’s the nature of the game.

You may ask yourself so what are some of the specific comparisons between golf and life? According to Bill, in golf there is always the issue of the proper stance, whether the open stance, the straight stance, or the knock-kneed stance. And the stance dictates everything. In life, too, we always assume some kind of stance…a stand for what we believe, for how we’ll live our life, and for what kind of legacy we’ll want to leave behind.

Golf is much more than a game. It has been called the sport that reveals the insides of people. It demands concentration and commitment, practice and humility. It’s the ultimate analogy for our spiritual life. Bill embodied all these skills, in life as well as on the golf course. He constantly gave his partners and buddies inside tips and pointers on his favorite game and on getting to know God more intimately.

Bill’s faith efforts not always “rattled the pin”, but he knew that’s the ideal, and proceeded accordingly. Fortunately, where our own skill is inadequate, God’s grace takes control and gives us the Master’s accuracy. On that we can depend, so long as we’re trying to hit the target.

In life issues Bill knew that attaining success was no guarantee of obtaining significance. He was not impressed with any arguments that we are free to ignore the deepest hungers of our hearts simply because we happen to be earning a living at the time. A life of significance is not built on accomplishments and completed tasks, but rather, in developing deep relationships with the people God places within our sphere of influence. In every encounter with a family member, colleague, friend, client or golfing buddy, he knew that he was leaving a little bit of himself behind. He was living his legacy.

Concealed beneath that mane of distinguished onset of gray hair was a child’s imagination, ever so playful and delight in the simple things of life. At times, he was downright full of mischief. Bill refused to live hurriedly under the weight of constant deadlines and pressures. He lived his life by the compass, not the clock. He knew that an abundant life, the life God planned for him, would not be a function of a great span of years. And, in that clarity of vision, he found an uncommon capacity to experience joy.

Moreover, his life was rich in love. Bill loved his daughters, Jenna, Jamie, Julianna and wife, Mary, more than anything in this world. He was an intensely private man about most personal things, but when it came to them, he was a babbling brook. Bill’s attraction to his job bears witness to his caring nature. For him, selling was a craft – something to be done with great care and precision.

He viewed it as a calling, not a way to earn a living. He valued his clients dearly. Every one of them was uniquely deserving of the very best he had to offer; every engagement was a chance to serve. What beckoned him to sales was a fundamental desire to help people solve their problems and, in the process, to heal the lives of individuals, to enable communities to function harmoniously and productively and, ultimately, to bring about reconciliation.

In addition to the gifts of joy and love, Bill was blessed with the capacity to lead others. In virtually every endeavor to which he committed, Bill became a leader. He understood that we lead by our attitudes, by our responses to adversity, by the words we speak and the example we set. A leader is someone whom others want to follow. A good leader is someone who is worth following. He was smart and dedicated, and these traits were the ones that brought him to the attention to others. What made him their leader was his integrity. Indeed, it was more than his integrity; it was his fidelity. Bill was faithful to the truth and the commitments he had made.

Finally, Bill’s commitment to excellence was divinely inspired. Excellence, not in the sense of doing the best that has ever been done, but in doing it to the best that he was able. He was passionate about serving his church, he was passionate about the firm he represented and the clients he served. Most of all he was passionate about his relationships. He was a business man whose real business was people. Bill also had the gift of using his time naturally for projects having some permanence and for causes of enduring value. Indeed, one common characteristic of all the beneficiaries of his excellence is that they were always devoted to creating something of lasting value that would enrich the lives of others.

In the end, we are here not because Bill was successful, but because he was significant to us. His life has touched us in profound and lasting ways, some of which we have yet to fully comprehend. Part of God’s destiny for Bill was to bring all of us together to share in the blessing of his life and the light he had to give. Bill knew that when God takes the measure of a man, he does not gauge the girth of his wallet or length of his resume. God stretches the tape around his heart. We remember and celebrate not what Bill accomplished, but who he was. Over those many years, Bill shared many triumphs and disappointments, laughter and tears. We grew to respect and admire Bill greatly. Mostly, we grew to love him. Thank you God for the gift of his life; it is a treasure we will hold dear to us.

Farewell Bill, hit’m well. We see you at the first tee in Heaven.

Fox Valley Links Fellowships (Saint Charles, IL)

January 12, 2005

The shock hasn’t ended. Bill has left a hole in the world.

I’ve played a lot of hoops with Bill, and you get to know a man a lot doing that. Here’s what I learned about him. He could bring the ball up court 25 times, and pass it 24. He wanted others in the game. He lifted us up, made us better. (And Lord knows I need it!) He was my favorite point guard. And his example challenges me to live more for others and not myself.

Jeff Roberts (Saint Charles, IL)

January 12, 2005

Todd and I just “loved” Bill! Our hearts were joined first by the similar love to Tommy Walker and his songs and the love of Jazz music! He can now sing “Never Gonna Stop” with the angels in heaven! Our prayers and thought are with Mary and the girls.

Todd and Lora Cartmell (Geneva, IL)

January 12, 2005

To the Harmon family

It is with great sadness that I bring you my condolences at the loss of your husband, father and a friend.

Bill is touching so many lives with his modeling of compassion and love. I am grateful to know Bill from volunteer at Bill’s side at Christ Community Church.

Belonging to your “extended” family at CCC, let us know how we may assist you, now and in the upcoming days and month.

For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:17-18

Birger Christensen (South Elgin, IL)

January 12, 2005

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your children; May God continues to bless you and help you during this time of grief. We are the parents of Lisa Trevino.

Lynn & Terry Arnieri (Saint Charles, IL)

January 12, 2005

Our prayers are with all of you during this time and we pray that the Lord would be your strength!

The Steele Family (Lancaster, PA)

January 12, 2005

The Holy Alphabet:
A-lthough things are not perfect
B-ecause of trial or pain
C-ontinue in thanksgiving
D-o not begin to blame
E-ven when the times are hard
F-ierce winds are bound to blow
G-od is forever able
H-old on to what you know
I-magine life without His love
J-oy would cease to be
K-eep thanking Him for all the things
L-ove imparts to thee
M-ove out of “Camp Complaining”
N-o weapon that is known
O-n earth can yield the power
P-raise can do alone
Q-uit looking at the future
R-edeem the time at hand
S-tart every day with worship
T-o “thank” is a command
U-ntil we see Him coming
V-ictorious in the sky
W-e’ll run the race with gratitude
X-alting God most high
Y-es, there’ll be good times and yes some will be bad, but…
Z-ion waits in glory…where none are ever sad!
-Author Unknown

Glenna Salzmann Udell (Lawrenceville, GA)

January 12, 2005

It has only been about a year since I have known your Husband/Father. I want to let you know in the short time that I have known him; he was such positive influence in my life. It was through Bill’s efforts and organization of a men’s event at Christ Community Church, that my friend accepted Christ. I am grateful to God for Bill. He touched so many lives. It was a blessing to have met your Husband/Father.
Although I will miss his smile and warm handshake, I know he is living eternally with Jesus Christ.

Dino Heckermann (South Elgin, IL)

January 11, 2005

I was deeply saddened to learn of Bill’s passing. My prayers and thoughts are with the family at this horrible time. I worked with Bill for years at various area hospitals, and always welcomed his smile, and great spirit. He will be terribly missed. God bless.

Ravana Courtney (Aurora, IL)

January 11, 2005

My daughter, Aisha and I wish to send our condolences to the Harmon Family. Our thoughts and prayers will continue to be with you.

Doreen Tan (Saint Charles, IL)

January 11, 2005

I have had the pleasure of working with Bill for over 15 years. He was – in addition to being THE Synthes guru – a good friend who will be deeply missed. My thoughts, prayers, and deepest sympathies are with you all.

Linda Winterer (Schaumburg, IL)

January 11, 2005

My deepest sympathy to the Harmon family. I worked with Bill for only a short time at Provena Mercy Center (surgery dept.). He was always very kind and helpful. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Julie Pichardo (Plainfield, IL)

January 11, 2005

Dear Harmon Family,
We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Bill would come into our store and probably was the nicest and most caring person we have met through there. We just had a son and he told me that there is nothing better than a beautiful child to love and to raise. Again, we are very sorry and he will be much missed. Greg and Shannon

Shannon & Greg Onesti (South Elgin, IL)

January 11, 2005

My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. I never met your family but my sister and brother-in-law (Lisa & Omar Trevino) spoke highly of your husband/father. I’m so sorry for your loss but know he’s in a much better place. God bless all of you!

Tina Arnieri Luka (Bartlett, IL)

January 11, 2005

Dear Mary, Jenna, Jamie, Julianna and all of Bills’ family,
Our hearts and prayers are with you all. Bill had such an impact in our church and all over the fox valley and our lives as well. We were blessed to know him, to serve with him, and to be able to call him our friend.

Brad & Lori Beaulieu (South Elgin, IL)

January 11, 2005

Dear Kirk and the Harmon families,
My deepest condolences on your tragic loss. Even though I have not seen Bill in years, I have many fond childhood memories. As a child, I could not wait to run down to the Harmon house in the summer to see what excitement Bill had going for the day. “The Monkees” air-band concerts, “Oakwood Oaks” neighborhood baseball games, or teaching me to throw a curve ball (he even was the assistant coach of my 8th grade rocket baseball team). What a special magnetic energy he exuded. God bless. My prayers are with your family.

Jeff Morrison (Grand Rapids, MI)

January 11, 2005

I am deeply saddened at Bill’s sudden passing. I would like to extend to his family my deepest condolences. I have known Bill for over 10 years thru the Healthcare Industry and Bill was an exemplary sales representative and he will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him. I picture Bill playing 18 holes of golf in heaven now and he is smiling down at us all. I am sorry for your loss.

Kevin Paulson (Chicago, IL)

January 11, 2005

To the Wife, Children, Parents, Siblings and in-laws,
We are praying for you all. We are very saddened by Bill’s sudden death. But we are comforted that he is with Jesus whom he loved dearly. We often talked about his ministry and had mentioned his desire to work full time for the Lord. Please accept our deepest sympathy.

Farida Savageau (Elgin, IL)

January 10, 2005

Matthew 5:16
Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven

I cannot say that I have had a personal relationship with Bill outside of serving alongside him at Christ Community Church in St Charles, IL. To say that Bill was a humble servant would be an understatement. As someone put it earlier, meeting Bill Harmon for the first time is like meeting the President of the United States. He was a dynamic person who made it his mission in life to make a difference in this world. Bill was a serious person who understood the importance of spreading the news our Salvation. He lived the Mission Statement of our Church, which is “To know Christ and make him known”. He did that by taking part in every aspect of servitude. I have never been or worked a Christ Community event where I did not see Bill serving in multiple capacities. When it came to the Church, Bill made it his mission to make sure that every person who walked in our door was welcomed and accepted into our family of believers.

Bill has been a great influence in my life. When I think how Bill treated life I think about what the Apostle Paul wrote in:

Philippians 3:7-21
7But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8What is more; I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ 9and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ–the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith. 10I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.

Pressing on Toward the Goal

12Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already was made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

15All of us who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. 16Only let us live up to what we have already attained.

17Join with others in following my example, brothers, and take note of those who live according to the pattern we gave you. 18For, as I have often told you before and now say again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things. 20But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.

Bill understood all this. He could have easily said “I have it all, what do I need God for”, but instead he lived his life as if every minute he had on this earth he could be saving someone’s soul. Bill died accomplishing many great deeds, but he knew that the only ticket for heaven comes through acceptance the sacrifice made by our Jesus Christ.

I am sad to see Bill go, but will rejoice when we are all in the kingdom of heaven.

Chet and Bobbie Ildefonso (Geneva, IL)

January 10, 2005

My deepest sympathies to the family. I knew Bill through my job at Alexian Brothers in Elk Grove. He was always the consummate professional and a nice man as well. I was shocked to learn of his passing. Please know that he will be missed by many.

Barbara Aldrich (Elgin, IL)

January 10, 2005

My heart, condolences and prayers go out to Mary and the girls. Bill was the Synthes guru, the best in the business! I’ll miss him greatly at Alexian Brothers. He guided me thru many orthopedic cases. He was a wonderful dedicated person. I feel as if I know his family because he talked constantly about them in the OR. He was so proud of his daughters and of being a coach. And he was so much in love with his wife Mary. I’ll miss him not only as a colleague but as a friend. I’m going to send a donation to the OREF (Orthopedic Research Education Fund) in memory of Bill and his dedication to further orthopedic learning. God Bless.

Mary Kay Morrell MD (Chicago, IL)

January 10, 2005

My deepest sympathies to all Bill’s family. Bill and I sold to several of the same hospitals. You can know that those of us that sold with him, and against him, will miss him, his energy, and his passion. God bless.

Julie Dorfman (Mundelein, IL)

January 10, 2005

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Lorie Nilson (Geneva, IL)

January 10, 2005

My sympathy goes out to the Harmon families. I worked with Bill for many years at Provena Mercy Center surgery department in Aurora and he was always the ultimate professional. He was a very kind, helpful, and always a cheerful co-worker…even if it was midnight!!!! We will miss Bill at Mercy!!

Ruth Ann Cronin (Aurora, IL)

January 10, 2005



January 10, 2005

Rodger and I are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of such a dear friend. He was a true friend to Rodger in every sense of the word and Rodger’s life was truly blessed by their friendship. He loved him like a brother. Please know that our hearts ache for you, Mary, and the girls as well as the rest of your family. May God Bless you with support from people who loved Bill and may you rest in the peace of knowing that you and Bill will be together again one day. We love you!

Kim Craney (Huntsville, AL)

January 10, 2005

Ann Reath (Rockford, MI)

January 10, 2005

Sorry for your loss Kirk and family. We all wish we could be there for you. Anne at Verizon wireless and associates.

Anne Barnes (Grand Rapids, MI)

January 10, 2005

I want to send my thoughts and prayers to Bill Harmon’s family.
I had known Bill for years working with him on Swiss instrumentation for the Hospital I worked at. He was always a pleasure to work with. His nickname was “The President”, since he looked so much like President Clinton. He always enjoyed his nickname. God Bless.

Linda Malitz (Elk Grove Village, IL)

January 10, 2005

My daughter, Lizzie and I wish to send our condolences to the Harmon Family. Bill was very encouraging to Lizzie and her interest in soccer and I want you to know that he touched our lives in such a kind and generous way. His sincere love of kids was so genuine and we are grateful to him for the time he gave to us. What a lovely man. You will continue to be in our prayers.

Louise Hague (Saint Charles, IL)

January 10, 2005

Dear Mary and Families,

Our hearts, love and prayers go out to you with the home going of Bill. We can’t even imagine what this must be like for you. But we do rejoice with you knowing the hope we have in Jesus that you will see Bill again. In times of sorrow we hear the voice of the Good Shepherd calling us closer to Him. For only He can provide for our every need.

Praying that you’ll be comforted by the many thoughts of love sent your way and by the countless prayers of those who care. Above you is the Lord’s covering, beneath you is His strength and security and around you are His arms of love. May His presence bring you every comfort and tender compassion at this present moment. May you be comforted with the assurance that God has prepared a bright and glorious tomorrow for Bill.

We share in your loss and send to you our deepest sympathy and prayers.

In His love and ours,

Rolf & Sherri Ronstadt (Saint Charles, IL)

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