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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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