Claude K. Harder


Claude K. Harder, 95, of Fremont, Nebraska died Wednesday, June 26, 2024 at his home surrounded by family.  

Memorial service will be at 10 a.m., Friday, July 5 at First United Methodist Church in Fremont. Visitation will be from 9-10 a.m. Friday at the church.

Memorials are suggested to Camp Fontanelle or First United Methodist Church in Fremont.

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Arrangments are with Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont.

Claude K. Harder was born April 24, 1929 in Chanute, Kansas to Walter and Ruth (Cunningham) Harder. Claude lived in Hiawatha, Kansas and Beatrice and Wayne, Nebraska while growing up. He graduated from Hiawatha High School in 1948.  Claude married Lois Spahr on Dec. 24, 1950 in Wayne. He served in the Kansas and Nebraska National Guard until 1961. He then lived in Lincoln for a short time and moved back to Wayne, until coming to Fremont in 1971. Claude owned and operated Amoco Service Stations in Wayne, Fremont and Valley until retiring in 1994.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Fremont and was active at Camp Fontanelle in Fontanelle and in the Boy Scouts in Wayne and was a former member of the Wayne Kiwanis Club.  He was a member of the Fremont Optimist Club and held various offices. In his early years he was a chef at Wayne State College. He loved to square dance and also taught square dance, line dance and contra.

Survivors include his wife, Lois of Fremont; son Bradley (Lysie) Harder of Terra Haute, Indiana; daughters, Cinda Brudigam of Wayne, Claudette Jo (Richard) Vroman of Escondido, California and Tammy (James) Leslie of Kansas City, Missouri; 14 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Walter Harder; sisters, Donna J. Kramer, Ruth Lois Scott and Mary J. Schroff; and one great-granddaughter.