About Us

Ron Harder,

Owner/Funeral Director, FDR 2875


Ron’s background includes experience as a minister, financial advisor and estate planner.  He left a very rewarding career with Trans World Radio, a Christian broadcasting organization, where he developed new radio broadcasts for airing in locations around the world.  Ron received his Funeral Director’s license in February 2007 and holds a California insurance license.  He has over 18 years of experience advising his clients with their insurance and financial needs.  With this experience, he will provide guidance to individuals in pre-planning their end-of-life decisions. Ron’s journey of grief began in 2002 when his father, Glen Harder, died.  His struggle with grief was magnified when his 22 year old son, Zachary Harder, died in 2006. Through his work as a Funeral Director, Ron will be able to fulfill his passion for helping and caring for people. Ron is actively involved in Creekside Church in Rocklin, CA.

Affiliations –

Creekside Church, Roseville CA, Rocklin Kiwanis Club – Membership Chair, Roseville Elks Lodge, Fellowship Networking Group, Non Commissioned Officers Assoc. – Life Member, Rocklin Chamber of Commerce, Roseville Chamber of Commerce, Leader – Dads Grief Group, Radio Host – Hope, Healing and Help. KFIA 710AM, “Every 15 Minutes” Program Speaker, Member – Older Adult Collaborative, Co-Founder – Greater Sacramento Grief Coalition, Member – National Funeral Directors Association.

Jim Beeding,

Owner/Funeral Director, FDR 1547


Jim’s career in the funeral services profession began in 1992. He received his Funeral Director’s license in 1998. In 1997, Jim began serving as Assistant Manager at W. F. Gormley & Sons Funeral Chapel; Sacramento’s oldest family owned funeral home spanning five generations and 115 years. He credits Patrick Gormley, a fourth generation Funeral Director, with teaching him how to properly serve families. Jim was employed by the Neptune Society of Northern California from 2000 to 2008, serving for 5 years as Managing Funeral Director. Over his career his has handled all areas of Funeral and Cremation service. As a Veteran himself, Jim considers it an honor to arrange for veterans to receive the Military Honors they earned and is regular visitor to Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon.  As a first generation Funeral Director, Jim is proud to be a founder/owner of Heritage Oaks Memorial Chapel. Jim is an active member of First Baptist Church of Sacramento and serves as their Lighting Director. When not working at The Chapel, Jim enjoys working with theater lighting design, photography, fishing, movies, and is an avid fan of the San Jose Sharks and San Francisco Giants.

Affiliations –

Member – National Funeral Directors Association

Member – Patriot Guard Riders


Chris Harder,



Chris comes to Heritage Oaks Memorial Chapel with over 20 years of administrative experience in various capacities.  Most recently, she served as an office manager providing operations support for one of the leading management companies of retirement communities in the US. Since marrying in 1967, Chris and Ron enjoyed living in various locations including New Jersey, Oregon, Northern California, and Germany.  They have three married adult children, Malinda, Tim and Steve.  Chris enjoys her role as Grammy to her nine grandchildren. Sadly, their youngest son, Zack died in 2006 at the age of 22, on the 15th anniversary of her mother’s death.  Since losing Zack, Chris has been involved in providing grief support to other moms and co-leading the GriefShare series.  Chris is a active member at Creekside Church in Rocklin, CA.

Affiliations –

Creekside Church, Bereaved Parents of the USA – Sacramento South Placer Chapter, Leader – Bereaved Moms Group, Grief Counselor –  to Moms, Co-Founder – Greater Sacramento Grief Coalition, Co-Host – Hope, Healing and Help on KFIA 710AM,  “Every 15 Minutes” – Program Speaker.


Call 916-791-CARE (2273) or 800-316-1987 or email,


Call, or visit, Heritage Oaks Memorial Chapel, a veteran, family-owned and operated, full service funeral home & beautiful chapel serving the areas of Rocklin, Roseville, Citrus Heights, Antelope, Fair Oaks, Carmichael, Folsom, Sacramento, Elk Grove, West Sacramento, Davis, Granite Bay, Loomis, Auburn, and Lincoln.