Edgar John Harder, passed away on May 9, 2018
Edgar John Harder was born to John S. and Emilie Harder, on July 22, 1928, at the Bethel Deaconess Hospital in Newton. He grew up on a farm near Whitewater, with his two younger sisters, Linda and Elfrieda. After a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease, Edgar passed away on May 9, 2018, at Wheat State Manor in Whitewater.
Edgar was baptized on May 20, 1945, and joined the Emmaus Mennonite Church. He attended Claypool Grade School, Bethel Academy, and graduated high school from Hesston Academy in 1947. Edgar served a 1-W term as an alternative to military service, working at Topeka State Hospital from 1952‒1954.
On June 18, 1953, Edgar married Agnes (Wiebe) Harder and together, they lived on their farm in Whitewater, and raised their three children: Diana, Kenton, and Stanley.
Edgar’s great-grandfather and his family came from Europe in 1876, and bought land from the railroad for $7.50/acre. Edgar loved farming. Together with his cousin, Don Harder, they raised hogs, and grew wheat, milo and soybeans.
Edgar served as church treasurer and served on the building committee at Emmaus. He and Agnes became members of Grace Hill Mennonite Church where Edgar served as the MMA Advocate (Everence) for many years.
Edgar served on the Frederic Remington High School board, the Wheat State Manor board, the Butler Farm Bureau board, the agriculture committee of the Butler County Junior College, and several local co-op business boards. Edgar and Agnes were Butler County Farm Family of the Year in 2001.
Edgar will be remembered by many. He is survived by his wife, Agnes; daughter Diana and husband Marlin Thiessen of Burns; son Kenton of El Dorado; and son Stanley and wife Jeanette of Omaha, Nebraska. He had six grandchildren (Carmen and husband Andy Fasnacht, Bradley, Matthew, Travis, and Megan Thiessen, and Jonathan Harder and wife Amanda) and six great-grandchildren (Luke, Paul, David, Samuel, Aiden, and Ellie Fasnacht), and by his sister Elfrieda Harder of Salina. He was preceded in death by his parents John S. and Emilie Harder, and his sister Linda Harder.
Services were held on Monday, May 14, 2018 at Grace Hill Mennonite Church. The family suggests memorial gifts be given to Mennonite Central Committee or Wheat State Manor. Online condolences at www.zeinerfuneralhomes.com. Services by Lamb Funeral Home, Whitewater, 316-799-2000.