PHONE: 204.745.2045 | [email protected]
Phone:  204.745.2045 |  Fax: 204.745.2499 | Email: [email protected]

Hwy. 3&13 10-4th Avenue SE P.O. Box 491 Carman MB.  R0G 0J0   Canada

Harder_youngJohn Harder

John was born November 21, 1930 to John and Lena Harder in the Morden area. He attended the Mason School south of Morden. When he was 15 the family moved to a small home in the Roseisle area. At 19 he left the family farm to work in Winnipeg for a demolition company. It was during this time, that he helped with the building of the large family farmhouse. In 1955 he took a welding course in Calgary and a year later married Helen Driedger. They had 3 boys; Brian in 1957, Wayne in 1958 and Kelvin in 1965. He welded on the pipeline from 1957 to 1980, living in various places during that time. In the late 70's he moved back to the family farm, establishing his own home and the business Harder Trucking and Trenching doing trenching and backhoe work as well as hauling gravel. He also built gooseneck trailers in the large shop on the property. In 1982 he moved a small homemade trailer on to the property near the entrance to the Stephenfield lake and started Lakeside- drive in. He also, around this time, built 2 tree spades and started the Harder Tree moving business. It was during this time he met Cecile Wanlin and they married on October 8, 1988. They ran the Drive Inn together and she also would operate one of the tree movers. The large yard and farm became a lot of maintenance for both of them and they sold the property and moved to Carman in 2000.

John was always busy, puttering in his shop and building things. He loved to sit back in his chair and watch the evening news and no one better interrupt. As voices went up, so did the volume on the t.v. He loved to go out for Chinese food and the fall soup and pie supper at the Graysville Mennonite Church.

John was also a great cook and was especially good at making cottage cheese perogies, even making the cottage cheese and his chicken noodle soup was second to none.

The casket spray has spruce bows, his favorite tree, but perhaps we should have added welding rods and French fries as well. The last couple years were spent in the Carman hospital and Boyne Lodge. He enjoyed having his brother Ed come play guitar and sing, and seemed to be cheered anytime the little great grand children came to visit.

John passed away Thursday, October 6, 2011. He was predeceased by his parents John and Lena, two sisters Susan and Helen and one grandson Cody. He is survived by his wife Cecile, Helen the mother of his 3 sons, his brothers Ed, Art

(Alice), Bill (Betty), Cornie (Dorothy), Abe, Henry (Shelley), his sisters Tina, Mary

(Fred), Margaret, Gertrude (Nick), and Nettie (Eric). His sons Brian (Carla), Wayne, and Kelvin (Joanne). Stephchildren Lucille (Kevin), Roxane (Laurie), and Billy-Joe (Val)10 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

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