Glen Herman Harder
August 14, 1917 – March 11, 2002
Born in Gordon, Nebraska,on August 14, 1917, to Herman and Margaret Harder, Glen was raised on a ranch with 4 brothers: Carl, Frank, Vern and Ken. After graduating from high school, Glen joined the Civilian Conservation Corps where he received his training as an Electrician which became one of his occupations.
In 1942, Glen entered the Air Force as a radio operator and mechanic. This took Staff Sergeant Harder to China, Burma, India, Italy and North Africa. While in combat, Glen realized his need to prepare for his eternal future. This brought about the most significant moment of his life when he committed his life to Christ as his personal savior. This definitely changed the direction of Glen’s life.
On a furlough in 1945 in Birmingham, Alabama, Glen met Audie Merle Clark, a student nurse. A week later, he married the girl of his dreams. The two were married for 57 years until Glen died in 2002. While living in Pasco, Washington, Glen and Audie brought up their three children: Ron (Roseville, CA), Glenna (married to Rudy Hansen and living in Phoenix, AZ), and Phyllis (married to Roy Ferguson and living in Pasco, WA) to love and serve God. It was the joy of Glen’s heart to see all of his eight grandchildren come to know the Lord he loved and served for so many years. His grandchildren are Ron’s children: Malinda Joy (married to Tracy B. Meeks, 9/1998), Timothy Michael, Stephan Micah & Zachary Paul; Glenna’s children: Samuel Paul and Bethany Joy; and Phyllis’ children: Cody Eugene and Rebecca Joy. At the time of his death, Glen had one great grandchild: Malinda’s daughter, Eva Joy.
The First Baptist Church of Pasco was home for Glen since 1951. Over the years, he served in many capacities but he felt his greatest contributions were the church buildings he helped to build throughout the Columbia Basin and the young men he mentored in their faith.
Besides actively serving in his local church, Glen had several hobbies and special interest which were gardening, home improvements, fishing, hunting and camping, and, revealing his entrepenureal spirit, inventing some mighty useful gadgets such as the popup camp trailer. The favorite family vacations were spent at various campsites where they fished in lakes and streams. When retired, Glen and Merle enjoyed their membership in a camping association by traveling in their motor home to many places in the United States.
Following his many years of service to his God and family, Glen H. Harder was ushered into his Heavenly Father’s presence on March 11, 2002. Glen has “run the good race and pressed on to the goal to win the prize for which God has called him Heavenward in Christ Jesus.” All who knew his great sense of humor and loving spirit will miss him, but we are confident that we will see him as he is “Absent from the body and present with the Lord.”
Glen is buried in Pasco, Washingon.