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Donald L. Harder

August 12, 2020

Donald L. Harder 83, went to be with the Lord August 12, 2020 at his Newton

residence. He was born May 30, 1937 in Hayti, Missouri to Lester Lee Bryant and

Jessie (Gail) Harder. On January 18, 1969 he married the love of his life, Linda.

Donald proudly served his country in the United States Navy and retired as a

consultant for the former National Cash Register Company (NCR) in Wichita.

He was an active member of Meridian Baptist Church in Newton where he gave of

his time serving the church in various capacities through the years. As a Master

Gardener, Donald enjoyed spending time in his yard and The Giving Garden. He

could also be found with a fishing pole or hunting in younger days. Donald’s

passion was golfing. Even after he lost the ability to physically play, he enjoyed

reminiscing and offering pointers to his grandchildren.

Donald was known for his loving demeanor and generosity. His greatest joy in life

was spending time with his precious family.

He is survived by his wife Linda of the home, daughters and their husbands: Tracy

and Eddy Reimer of Park City, Kansas and Wendy and Roy Williams of Newton,

Kansas. He is also survived by a sister, Judy Windle of Coppell, Texas; six

grandchildren, five great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Donald is preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Bob Harder.

Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Monday, August 17, 2020 at Meridian Baptist

Church in Newton, Kansas with Pastor Scott Kliewer and Chaplain Jerroll Martens

presiding. Visitation will be 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Petersen Funeral Home

with the family receiving friends from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Navy Milit6ary Honors will be rendered at the church prior to burial at the

Greenwood Cemetery in Newton.

Due to Meridian Baptist’s social distancing practices, masks are optional.

Should friends desire, contributions may be made to Meridian Baptist Church in

care of Petersen Funeral Home. Donald would have considered it an honor if, in

his memory, you said an extra kind word to those you love.

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6 thoughts on “Donald L. Harder

  1. A great pleasure knowing Don and family. Don was a warrior for the Lord, and is now in his presence for all eternity.bob

  2. I am so sorry for you loss, I know how close you were. But God is taking good care of him now and he is no longer sick.

  3. Uncle Don was a very special Uncle to me as I was growing up. I have very fond memories of some of the things my dad, Bobby, use to tell me of growing up with his brother. He is now with the Lord and my dad. Everyone is in my prayers.

  4. Fair winds and following seas sailor.
    “Boatswain… Standby to pipe the side… Shipmate’s going Ashore…”

    Thank you for your service to this nation.

  5. Don was a great boss and a dear friend. Many a good times were had fishing, hunting and hanging out with family. Linda Lou, Traci and Wendy: you should be very proud of a great man. My heartfelt sympathy for your loss.

  6. Don’s picture could be on the page with the definition of a “gentle soul.” He was soft-spoken and caring but with conviction. He was a great encourager to our girls when they were growing up.

    We have missed him since he couldn’t be at church lately. It won’t be the same without him in his special spot.

    Our loss is truly Heaven’s gain.

    I thought of this song when thinking of Don.

    By Ron and Shelly Hamilton
    When I enter heaven’s glory
    And I see my Saviour’s face,
    I will offer Him ten thousand years of praise.
    Then I’ll find that special one
    In whose life I saw God’s Son,
    And through tears of joy with trembling lips these words I’ll say:

    I saw Jesus in you,
    I saw Jesus in you,
    I could hear His voice in the words you said-
    I saw Jesus in you,
    In your eyes I saw His care,
    I could see His love was there,
    You were faithful,
    And I saw Jesus in you.

    When I stand before my Father
    To receive my life’s reward,
    And my soul is bathed in God’s eternal day
    When this race on earth is run,
    And God sees the works I’ve done,
    More than anything I long to hear my Father say:

    I saw Jesus in you,
    I saw Jesus in you,
    I could hear His voice in the words you said-
    I saw Jesus in you,
    In your eyes I saw His care,
    I could see His love was there,
    You were faithful,
    And I saw Jesus in you,

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