Verlyn Harder, 82, of Vinton, formerly of Keystone and Dysart, died Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, at Windsor Manor. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, at Vinton Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Jessica Crane-Munoz officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at Phillips Funeral Home in Keystone and one hour before service time at the church on Tuesday. Interment will be in Maplewood Cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to Vinton Presbyterian Church.
Condolences may be left at www.phillipsfuneralhomes.com.
Verlyn was born June 13, 1935, to Clarence "Click" and Hilda (Selk) Harder on the family farm near Dysart. He graduated from Dysart High School in 1953 and attended Wartburg College for two years.
He was united in marriage to Shirley Andresen in January 1957; they later divorced.
Verlyn farmed in the Keystone and Dysart area for 20 years and later worked for Folkman's Grain Elevator and Westside Grain and Salvage.
Verlyn lived in Vinton for over 15 years with his longtime companion, Shirley Doud, and were faithful members of Vinton Presbyterian Church. He loved working outside in the yard, golfing, dancing and being a jokester. Verlyn also loved to spend time with his and Shirley's grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Verlyn is survived by his longtime companion, Shirley Doud; son, Kevin (Anne) Harder, and their children, Tristan (Katie) Harder, Daniel Eddy, Kayla Harder and Jakeb Harder; son, Kerry Harder, and his children, Samantha (Kevin) Abler and Alivia; Erica (Kraig) Ceynar, and their children, Zoe, Lizzie, Zane and Wryker; son, Kirk (Laura Henson) Harder, and his children, Nicolas Harder, Alexandria (Austin) Mussig and Dexter and Emilie Harder; daughter, Tonya (Jay) Hamilton, and their children, Kaley and Cole Hamilton; his brother, Larry (Karen) Harder; and Shirley's family, Kristin (John) Holst, Kevin Doud, Wendy Doud and Kerry (Mike) Less; and Shirley's grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.