John Lynn Harder, 71,
of Cedar Rapids, passed in peace, embraced by his daughters, on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids. Memorial service: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at First Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids. A visitation will be held from
4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10,
at Cedar Memorial Funeral Home. Inurnment: Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.
John was born March 1, 1946, the son of Alfred and Gladys (Van Scoyoc), in Keystone, Iowa. He grew up on a Century Farm, where he was a fourth generation farmer. In his youth, he loved the thrill of the games of baseball and basketball and participated in 4-H. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the Marine Reserves, where he served for six years. Being one of his greatest passions, John never quit farming and raising cattle. He had a natural ability for buying and selling land, so he acquired his real estate license and worked for Byers & Happel. He was a well-known farmer and landowner through several counties in Iowa. John, along with his former wife, Carole Harder, raised three daughters. Providing for his family was of utmost importance. He was a very hardworking man and there was nobody like him. His dedication to honoring his daughter Jamie's memory and his entrepreneurial spirit led him to give back and establish annual scholarships in her name to Kirkwood Community College, which was a goal of his lifetime.
Survivors include his two daughters, Jennifer (Bart) Farrell and Alexandra Harder; his three grandchildren, William, Sophia and Owen Farrell; his sister, Mary (Ron) Mapes; and niece, Melissa Trussell.
He was welcomed into Heaven by his daughter, Jamie Lynn Harder; parents; and nephew, Jeff Mapes.
His family would like to thank the staff of St. Luke's Hospital, particularly for the support from the MICU, as well as the continued efforts of the UnityPoint Wound Center, Home Instead and Synergy. A special thank-you to Hank Wehrman's support of their dad's business. They are grateful for the love of his extended family, which includes many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to First Lutheran Church in memory of John.
Online condolences may be directed to the family at www.cedarmemorial.com under Obituaries.