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Verlin Harder

Verlin N. Harder

Thursday, November 11th, 1937 - Thursday, June 4th, 2020
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Obituary

Verlin N. Harder, 82, of Holland, formerly of St. Joseph, passed away on June 4, 2020.

A private celebration of life service will be held on Tuesday, June 9, 2020, at 11AM, at First Congregational Church UCC, 2001 Niles Ave, St. Joseph, with Pastor Jeffrey Hubers officiating. A live streaming of the service will be available atwww.fccstjoseph.org Friends may join the family for the committal service on Tuesday at 12PM at Hickory Bluff Cemetery. Friends may also visit with the family on Monday, June 8, 2020, at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, from 4PM until 6PM. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Congregational Church UCC, 2001 Niles Ave, St. Joseph, or St. Joseph Band & Orchestra Parents (SJBOP), 2521 Stadium Dr., St. Joseph. Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.

Verlin was born on November 11, 1937, to Henry & Hilda (Klassen) Harder in Enid, OK and then raised in Aberdeen, ID. Verlin graduated from University High School in Normal, IL then continued his education at Bethel College where he earned his Bachelors Degree in 1962. On September 26, 1959, Verlin married the love of his life Roberta “Bobbie” Magee in the chapel in Greenfield Village in Dearborn, MI.

Verlin started working for Mercy Hospital in Benton Harbor in 1965 and retired as Chief Financial Officer from Lakeland Regional Health Care in 2000. Verlin was an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs. He also enjoyed traveling as he visited all 50 U.S. states and most of the provinces in Canada, but his favorite place was to travel to Walt Disney World with his family.

Verlin is survived by his wife of 60 years Bobbie Harder of Holland; children, Michelle (Ted) Diamond of St. Joseph and Mark (Angie) Harder of Holland; grandchildren, Joe, Dan (Cecilia), Tom (Katie Hoyt), Matt (Meagan), James and Jakob; and brother Paul (Eldine) Harder of Newton, KS.

Verlin was preceded in death by his parents, Henry & Hilda Harder and brother Glennie Harder.

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  • Visitation

    Monday, June 8th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    When
    Monday, June 8th, 2020 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Location
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    Address
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Tuesday, June 9th, 2020 |
    When
    Tuesday, June 9th, 2020
    Location
    First Congregational United Church of Christ - St. Joseph
    Address
    2001 Niles Ave
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    Memorial contributions may be made to the First Congregational Church UCC, 2001 Niles Ave, St. Joseph, or St. Joseph Band & Orchestra Parents (SJBOP), 2521 Stadium Dr., St. Joseph.
  • Interment

    Location
    Hickory Bluff Cemetery
    Address
    4290 Cleveland Avenue
    Stevensville, MI 49127
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    Notes
    Friends may join the family for the committal service on Tuesday at 12PM at Hickory Bluff Cemetery.

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Patti

Posted at 08:31pm
Dear Bobbi, I am sorry to see you have lost your Verlin. I have happy memories of working with both of you when you built your new home in Stevensville, you were a joy to work with. May God give you all you need in the days ahead.
Blessings to you, Patti Panse
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Dennis and Karel Finch

Posted at 07:29pm
So sorry to see the loss of Verlin. Please accept our condolences to the entire family. Your neighbors and friends Dennis and Karel Finch.
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Stan, Sally Bennett

Posted at 06:12am
Bobbie, Michelle and Mark and family.
Sally and I are so saddened to read of Verlin's passing. Such a nice soft spoken and personable man who always made you feel comfortable in his presence. Our depest sympathy at this sad time in your life. May Verlin feel Gods loving embrace and live in eternal peace. We now reside in Lake Placid, Florida and just read of Verlin's passing. Bless your family.
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Fritz Weiland

Posted at 09:43pm
I'm so sorry to hear about Uncle Verlin. I'm thinking about all of you. He lived a good life. My condolences.
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