Gene Harding
1930 - 2021
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Gene Harding

Des Moines - Gene Immel Harding, age 90, passed away Friday, February 26, 2021 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines.

Gene was born September 7, 1930 in Altoona, Iowa to Robert and Gladys (Immel) Harding. He proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War. He came home and attended the University of Iowa, earning a Business Degree. On December 18, 1955, he married his wife, Norma. Norma and Gene enjoyed traveling together, especially to Europe.

Gene was an avid runner. He finished 27 marathons, with a personal best time of a 3:26:55 run on the Drake Fieldhouse track in 1988. Gene also ran the Dam to Dam Race, winning his age group many times.

In his retirement he enjoyed volunteering at his church, Westminster United Presbyterian Church, with Golden K Kiwanis, and at Findley Elementary where he enjoyed reading with the children.

He is survived by his children, Les (Cate) Harding, Nancy Warren, Alan Harding; grandchildren, Jamie Warren, Eric Warren, Kellie Warren, Rhiannon Harding, Ahliya Harding; siblings; Mary (Steve) Sesker, Orien "Fuzz" Harding; and many nieces, nephews, and other loving family members. Gene was preceded in death by his wife, Norma, his parents, five brothers and two sisters.

A celebration of life will be held at a later time. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be directed to Westminster United Presbyterian Church, 4114 Allison Ave, Des Moines, IA 50310 or Findley Elementary School, 3025 Oxford St, Des Moines, IA 50313. Condolences may be expressed at

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Published in the Des Moines Register from Mar. 1 to Mar. 7, 2021.
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March 4, 2021
Sending sincere sympathy to one of the team and his family-fond memories ❤
Patty Bloomcamp
March 4, 2021
I joined Westminster's restaurant group and spent many years of enjoying Norma and Gene's company. Gene was a friendly face at coffee hour after church and always asked about my 5k runs, none of which matched his accomplishments. My sympathies are with you at this time.
Mary Whisenand
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