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.