In Memory


Steve Harder's father 

Eldo Louis Harder, 81, of Fort Dodge, went home to be with his Lord on Thursday, January 10, 2008 at the Marion Home following complications from a stroke.  

Eldo is survived by his wife, Marilyn, of Fort Dodge; daughters, Kathy (Lee) Khommanyvong of Rockwell City, Iowa and Ann (Robb) Reid of Plymouth, Minnesota; son, Steve (Denae) Harder of Spring Valley, Minnesota; and ten grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and one sister.  

Eldo, the son of Gust and Taletta Harder, was born on the family farm near Keystone, Iowa on February 3, 1926.  He graduated from Keystone High School in 1943, and was in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946.  Eldo graduated from the University of Iowa in 1949.  He taught and was principal at Dolliver High School and was principal at Ringsted High School.  After obtaining, his M.S. in Guidance and Counseling at the University of Iowa in 1960, he was the first full-time guidance counselor at Fort Dodge High School from 1960 until his retirement in 1988.  

Eldo was a member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church, Golden K Kiwanis, American Legion and a life member of NEA.  He had been active in Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the National Council of Youth Leadership and was on the board of the St. Olaf Lutheran Church Foundation.  He enjoyed visiting with friends and keeping up on local, national, world events and all the Iowa Hawkeye events.  Eldo donated his body to Des Moines University.  

Scripture Readings at his service included:  John 3:16, Ephesians 2:4-10, John 14:1-7, James 1:2-6, 12

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