Philip-Harder-Obituary

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Philip M. Harder

Wayzata, Minnesota

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Dear Phil and Shep,

Condolences to you - one of the last of the "Greatest Generation" - you must be so proud of him, his values and his accomplishments.

Phil, my condolences.. what an amazing life.. JB

I will miss our ice cream getaways filled with heartfelt conversations. Phil, you are a Minnesota treasure, you too Maggie.

Nancy Gibson

I met Phil at the 8:30 service at St. Martin's by the Lake. While drinking coffee afterward he admired my Nantucket basket. That's when I started to learn about this wonderful man and his love of celestial sailing. I will remember him as a gentle and kind man who sailed by the stars and lived a very full and loving life. God bless you, Phil, and all of your loved ones, too.

Dear Aunt Margaret, my godmother, and every one who misses Uncle Phil, my godfather,
His wit and wisdom are guiding lights brighter than any stars. If only we could all navigate life by those lights!

"Hi Philly. Good to see ya!"

"Johnny?"

"Yep, you never made it beyond that puddle jumper, did ya?" Johnny smiles widely.

"Well…" with a bit of right index finger wagging, "I never pranged a 747...

From the first day I met Phil, standing in front of a window over looking the Gulf of Mexico and tinkering with some sort of nautical device (so unfamiliar to me), all the while explaining it to me in such easy to understand language.....from that day on I have had a special place in my heart for this inspirational man. He is without a doubt one of the neatest men I have ever known and I am so grateful for that. May a lifetime of memories help ease heartbreak his family feels now. Sail on...

Mr. Harder goes down in God's record book as one of the greatest. He gave his life in wartime service to his country. He did powerful good to countless Minnesotans in the course of his banking career. When our community erupted in racial flames, he devoted all of his energies toward reconciliation and justice. Most important, he was devoted to his bride and their two amazing sons. He will be sorely missed, now and always.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

We used to run an ice business in the 70's in Wayzata. All of us kids can still remember Mr. Harder pulling up in his pickup with the camper painted in camouflage. I always thought that was the coolest truck in town. He always wore the beret and the black framed glasses and usually was smoking his pipe and he always gave us kids a tip. RIP "Mr. Cool Camper Guy"
The Dombeck Family-Dombecks Ice Palace

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