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Paul S. Harder
Sept. 22, 1946 - July 3, 2020
Graveside services for Paul Harder, 73, Mt. Lake, will be held on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, at 11 a.m. at the Mt. Lake City Cemetery with full military honors.
Paul died on Friday, July 3, 2020, at his home in Mt. Lake.
Paul Samuel Harder was born on Sept. 22, 1946 in Mt. Lake to Sam C. and Gertrude Harder. He was baptized as a member of Bethel Mennonite church and grew up with his brothers and sister on the family farm in Carson Township.
Paul was very active in sports throughout high school playing football, basketball and baseball. There was not a statistic he could not tell you off the top of his head and he rarely missed a Yankees or Vikings game.
He graduated from Mt. Lake High School in 1964 and attended Barber School in Minneapolis.
On Jan. 3, 1966, Paul was inducted into the United States Army and with great pride, served his country in the Vietnam War until he was honorably discharged on Oct. 20, 1967. He served as a gunner and crew chief on a Huey helicopter. His family enjoyed listening to him tell of his experiences. He always said it was his honor to serve his country and he would do it again.
In 1970, Paul married Linda Gail Wright and his daughter Paula Lin Harder (Buggs) was born on March 14, 1971.
He returned with his family to Mt. Lake to open Harder's Barber Shop, a business he operated until 2015, with locations in Mt. Lake, Heron Lake and Fulda.
Paul married Diane Marie Epp, on Oct. 27, 1984, and they made their home together in Mt. Lake. Their daughters Cassondra Diane Harder were born on Sept. 14, 1985, and Brittany Louise Harder was born on Oct. 5, 1987. Together, Paul and Diane raised their three girls and enjoyed traveling with the family, attending the girl's activities in sports as well as the fine arts, and spending as much time as possible on the water swimming and boating. Paul never met a lake, or a boat, he did not love!
Paul was a very social person who always had a smile on his face and a witty and quick sense of humor that made everyone feel at ease. He loved to spend time with his many friends riding motorcycle, taking trips around the country, helping with local celebrations and just meeting up to swap stories.
It was not unusual to see him outside mowing the lawn, which he so enjoyed.
When it came to Christmas, there was very little that could have kept him from decorating both at home and helping with Christmas in the Park.
While he would say out loud having pets was a pain, he dearly loved the family pets, Morris the cat and American Eskimo dogs Angel, Dolly and Bear, and Cassie's dog, Charlotte. On the off chance you could catch him alone with his dogs you might even hear him singing to them when no one was looking.
While Paul was very happy to be a dad to three girls, he finally got his boy in his son-in-law Scott Winters. The two were very much alike and enjoyed the same things.
Nothing made Paul happier than when his grandchildren, Sullivan (Sully) Paul, Eden (Edie) Louise and Rockwell (Rocky) Kent Winters were born. He took the secret gender of his newest grandchild, due on his birthday, to heaven with him. He was the only one to be given that information, and he never once let it slip.
On June 29, Paul came home from a long stay in the hospital to be with his family. He enjoyed a Verenike dinner made by Diane, a fried walleye lunch made by his good friends, Wayne and Carol Sandbo, visits from many special family and friends, a drive around town to see the new businesses and Brittany and Scott's new shop, a visit to the family farm and fireworks with his friends in the backyard.
On July 3, 2020, Paul passed away peacefully in his home after a long and painful struggle with his health. He was surrounded and held by his loving wife, Diane; his daughters, Paula, Cassie and Brittany; and his son, Scott; who with great joy released him to the Lord and his mother at 13:26 p.m., military time.
Along with his family, Paul leaves behind his brothers, Gordon and Nancy Harder (Austin), James and Joan Harder (Bingham Lake); his sister, Marlys Henderson (Arizona) and his nephews: Eric, Chris, Troy and Trent.
Paul was greeted in heaven by his parents, Sam C. and Gertrude Harder; and his sister, Mary Jane. There was also a Welcome Home party in his honor hosted by Doc Tom, Alfred Johnson, George Hiebert, Rich Kunkel, Jerry Enns, Moe Lehman and Jerry Hayes.
Paul will be greatly missed by so many but most especially by his wife, his three girls, Scott and all of Papa's little angels.
"What are you all going to do after I'm gone? Keep living your lives!" Paul S. Harder 6/29/2020