William Harder Jr.

May 12, 1933April 25, 2021

William Harder Jr., 87, passed away on Sunday, April 25, 2021 in East Lansing, Michigan. His family is encouraged by the knowledge that he is in the presence of the Lord.

He was born to Fredrick and Rose (Jablonski) Harder in Lansing, Michigan on May 12, 1933. Known as "Bill", he served in the National Guard for a number of years following the Korean War. Bill worked for 30 plus years for Michigan State University as an accelerator engineer at the Cyclotron Lab, where he also retired.

Bill was an antique collector and a collector of old radios, speaker horns, old television and radio tubes and may other items, and belonged to a Radio club, setting up a booth annually. He also was a gifted woodworking craftsman and made many beautiful pieces. He was a wonderful husband and father and set the example of worshiping the Lord by taking his family to church when the church doors were open. He gave his time and talent to his church and contributed to many Christian organizations and missions. He would tell his family that "absent from the body, present with the Lord!" and keep running the race till Jesus comes or you are called home to be with Him.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sisters, Margaret Muholland and Helen Beasley.

He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Donna (Stephens) Harder; his sister, Elizabeth Baynes; children, Mike Harder, Teresa (Bob) Villarreal, Bill (Coreen) Harder and Gordon (Pam) Harder; and his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

According to his wishes, no services will be held at this time.


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David Krise

April 29, 2021

Dear Harder Family:
Condolences from our family to yours. We will cherish the memories of living across the street from Bill and Donna, shoveling the snow from their driveway, porch, and mailbox, and chatting with Bill (and Donna) occasionally. We pray that you will know God's peace in the midst of grief. Blessings to you all.
David, Rebecca, Dustin, and Ryleigh Krise.

Bruce Cottwr

April 28, 2021

Bill, Gordie, Mike, Theresa, I'm so sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. We will certainly keep you all in our prayers.