Karren E. Harder, 75, went to meet her Savior, Jesus Christ, on Saturday, May 19, 2018. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at the Oak Grove Church near Shellsburg, with Pastor Matt Magee officiating. Interment will be in the Dysart Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at Phillips Funeral Home Chapel, 212 East Sixth St., in Vinton. The casket will remain closed at all times to honor
She was born Feb. 12, 1943, to David and Clara (Malady) McNamee near Dysart, Iowa. Karren graduated from Dysart High School in 1961. She married Larry Harder on June 17, 1962. They farmed for seven years just south of Dysart before moving to Newhall in 1970. Shortly after retirement in 2006, they moved to a condominium in Shellsburg.
Karren was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She provided daycare in her home for over 30 years and touched the lives of many children in the community. She was very involved in her church, teaching Sunday School, serving as an Elder and attending Bible studies, and she was involved in several women's groups. She was an avid reader, loved traveling and wintering in Arizona, and had a green thumb, which was evident by their beautiful yard and flowers.
In addition to Larry, her loving husband of 55 years, Karren is survived by her three children, Wendy (Larry) Kramer, Grinnell, Amy (Scott) Schadle, Watkins, and Larry (Theresa) Harder, Swisher; eight grandchildren, Ashley (Troy) Beeler, Lindsey (Travis) Eagle, Brian Kramer, Neil and Madelyn Schadle, and Leslie, Rachel and Nathan Harder; and six great-grandchildren who called her "GG". She also is survived by her sister, Betty (Larry) Lincoln, Barrington, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Lorraine Wesley; and brother-in-law, Verlyn Harder.
Memorials may be directed to Oak Grove Church, American Cancer Society or Hospice of Mercy.
Condolences may be left at www.phillipsfuneralhomes.com.