Ronald L. Harders
Ronald L. “Ron” Harders, age 60, of Wood River, died Monday, May 28, 2018, peacefully in his sleep at his home in Wood River. Services were held Saturday, June 2, at Christ Lutheran Church in Cairo, with the Reverend Brian Wright officiating. Burial was in Berwick Cemetery in Cairo. Memorials are suggested to Cairo Fire Department or Christ Lutheran Church. Apfel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be directed to the family at www.apfelfuneralhome.com. Ronald Leo Harders was born August 31, 1957, in Grand Island, the son of Lyle and Frances (Runge) Harders. He grew up on the family farm west of Wood River and received his education from Wood River High School, graduating with the class of 1975. He was united in marriage to Mary A. Preuss, February 14, 1987, at Christ Lutheran Church in Cairo. The couple made their home in Wood River where he farmed with his father and brother and later his sons. He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, Cairo, and a past member of the Nebraska Tractor Pullers Association. He enjoyed working in his shop fixing and tinkering with things, riding his motorcycle, but above all he enjoyed farming with his sons. Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Mary A. Harders, of Wood River; two sons, Roger Harders, of Cairo, and Ryan Harders, of Cairo; his mother, Frances Harders, of Wood River; his mother-in-law, Norma Preuss, of Phillipsburg, Kansas; brother, William Harders, of Wood River; sister and brother-in-law, Jolene and Bob Peters, of Cairo; and brother and sister-in-law, Larry and Nancy Preuss, of Marysville, Kansas. He was preceded in death by his father, Lyle Harders in 2011.