Ronald D. Harder

RONALD D. HARDER, 69, of Jackson passed away at the Jackson Good Samaritan Center in Jackson on Friday, February 05, 2010.  Memorial service will be on Monday, February 8, 2010 at 10:30 AM at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church with Reverend Doctor Martin Lucin officiating.  There will be a private family graveside service prior to the service at the Church.

 Visitation will be on Sunday, from 3 to 5 PM at the Osterberg Funeral Home in Jackson.

 Memorials preferred to the Jackson Good Samaritan Center, the Windom Chord hustlers or Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.

RONALD DALE HARDER was born on July 6, 1940 in Mountain Lake, Minnesota, the son of P.M. and Helen (Friesen) Harder.  He graduated from Mountain Lake High School in 1958 and then attended Bethel College in Newton, Kansas before transferring to the University of Minnesota.  He graduated from there in 1963 with a degree in Agriculture education.  After his education, her taught school in Canton, Minnesota then Mabel, Minnesota before coming to Jackson in 1966 to teach.  In 1970, he went to work at the First National Bank in Jackson as a loan officer.  He was united in marriage to Elaine Rupp in 1970 at Faith Lutheran Church in Westbrook. Then in 1992, he opened up his own agency for American United Life.   They later divorced.  He retired and continued to make his home in Jackson before entering the Good Samaritan Center on January 6, 2010.  He passed away there on Friday, February 05, 2010 at the age of 69 years, 6 months and 30 days

 Ron was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church where he had sung in the choir and sang many solos.  Music was a big part of his life.  He sang in gospel quartets, including the Kinsman and 3 Revs and a Ron.  He had a beautiful bass voice that resonated through many gospel hymns.   He was also a member of the Chordhustlers.  He had also been involved in 4-H and Future Farmers of America, helping with the judging teams for poultry, meat and general livestock.  He was a member of the University of Minnesota Alumni Board as well as the Advisory Board for the Good Samaritan Home in Jackson.

 Ron is survived by his son, Graydon (Caromyr Figueroa) Harder and grandson, Edward Jacob of Blaine Minnesota, a daughter, Nicole Harder of Clovis, California, a sister, Vera ( Ted) Zerger of Salina, Kansas, a special friend, Andrea.

 Ron was preceded in death by his parents.

 Blessed be the memory of Ronald Dale Harder.

11 thoughts on “Ronald D. Harder”

  1. Larry & Margaret Miller says:

    Dear Harder Family,
    We are very sorry for your loss. Ron held a special place in the Miller Families Hearts. He was Larry’s Ag teacher and friend. We will always remember his dedication to judging teams and 4-H. He helped to start the Miller Judging Invitational that has continued to be such a vital teaching tool for FFA members throughout Minnesota and Iowa. Ron had a heart of gold and he always said that Bob & Elaine were his second parents. They felt the same way about him.
    We will not be able to attend the memorial service but we will always keep him in our hearts.
    Our deepest sympathy. Larry & Margaret Miller family

  2. David Klaassen says:

    To the Harder Family
    When we think of a Twin Cities MCC World Relief Sale, one of the first images that comes to mind is Ron up on the stage of the live auction. He was a great auctioneer, and his passion for the Mennonite Central Committee and its worldwide relief projects was contagious. It was an honor and a thrill for a quilter or woodworker to hear Ron bidding up the product for a good cause. We will remember him every year, come sale time. “Who will give me …” a bid of thanks to Ron for those memories? Our sympathy and prayers go out to you. Dave Klaassen, for the Twin Cities MCC Sale board.

  3. Larry & Char Carstensen says:

    Our sympathies to the Harder Family: We remember so many auctions and the many people who visited Jackson during those years of the exotic cattle sales and participating in the after-sale gatherings. So many great recollections of Jackson, MN and all the lives Ron touched. Our prayers to you all for peace and take pleasure from the lifetime of memories. Larry & Char Carstensen, Post Falls, Idaho

  4. judie krumheuer says:

    family of ron harder – please except my deepest sympathy, i was a classmate of ron’s and we enjoyed those high school years. judie (stoesz) krumheuer

  5. June & Dave Schettler says:

    Dear Family,

    We would like to send our sympanthy to all of you. Due to the weather yesterday, we were unable to make it to the visitation, but know that we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May God bless and keep all of you.

  6. Sharon Huse, Sherburn says:

    Elaine and family,
    Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers today. May our Lord bring you strength and peace.

  7. Ken and Lorna Nielsen, Jackson says:

    Our sympathy to your family. We enjoyed working with and for Ron, both at the bank and at the sales. We are thinking of you.

  8. Wayne Bollum says:

    The Harder Family–

    We are very sorry for your loss. Ron was a family friend for many many years. His leadership in Minnesota youth livestock projects was unsurpassed by anyone. He is missed.

    –The Wayne Bollum Family

  9. Gene Friesen says:

    So many good memories as a high school classmate of Ron (or “Sneak” as we called him.) Such a person of good will and humor, qualities that marked him for a lifetime.
    Things we shared in: Class plays, choir, Letterman’s Club and class room adventures.
    As a “city boy” from Delft, his involvement in FFA was outside my participation as was his membership in the National Honor Society.

    A few contacts later in life, especially at our Twin Cities MCC Sales were a delight. Some good conversation which included our shared love of singing. Sing on Ron in the Home we shall all one day share.

    God’s peace and strength to the family. Gene

  10. Joy Johnson says:

    My sincere sympathy to all of you. May you ind peace and happy memories. I enjoyed knowing all o you. May God bless and take care of you.
    Joy Johnson

  11. Patricia Joe says:

    My sympathy to the family. Ronnie was a high school classmate of mine. I’ll always remember his up-beat attitude and friendly smile.
    Sincerely, Patricia (Buck) Joe

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