Douglas Edward Harder

Douglas Edward Harder

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Douglas Edward Harder, 68, of Glendale, Ariz., passed away Nov. 30, 2017, at his home after a long illness.

Doug was born April 25, 1949, in Fairmont, Minn., to Donald and Phyllis Harder. Doug graduated from Northland College in Ashland, Wis., and later received his master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Doug’s commitment to equal educational access for all led him to dedicate his life to working in the TRIO federally funded programs, to include Upward Bound and Ronald E. McNair Scholars programs. He spent 30 years helping and serving students from disadvantaged and under-served populations by providing educational opportunities in order for them to break the cycle of poverty, thus, change their life circumstances for the better. He mentored many students and new professionals who sought careers in educational administration.

He was a wonderful, loving, husband and family member, loyal and funny friend, dedicated mentor, and most importantly, a kind and generous man. He was loved and will be missed.

He is survived by his wife, Joni (Kueffer) Harder of Glendale, Ariz.; his father Donald of Oostburg, Wis.; sister, Janee (Harder) McCallum of Federal Way, Wash.; all his favorite brothers-in-law, Paul McCallum, Robert J., Kelly, John, and Kurt Kueffer; mother-in-law, Mary Ann Kueffer; and nephews, Mark, Scott, and Matt Hall, Robert F. Kueffer; and niece, Chelsey Kueffer.

He was preceded in death by his beloved mother, Phyllis, who passed away on July 19, 2017.

Memorial donations can be sent to Fairmont Dollars for Scholars, class of 68, P.O. Box 563, Fairmont, MN 55031.