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December 2008: Graduated from university January 2009: started getting sick December 2009: worked on beating cancer January 2010: TBA

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Location: Seattle, WA, United States

newly minted alumnus of the Art Department at the University of Idaho; BFA in studio art, with a history minor


Saturday, May 22, 4 PM Pasco Red Lion Hotel


Robert John Harder (24 years) died peacefully in Seattle in the loving witness of his family after 16 months of coping with a rare, aggressive cancer.

Robert is survived by his parents John & Gretchen Harder (Kennewick), his sister Erika Harder (Seattle), his grandmothers Olive Harder (Kennewick) and Virginia Lea (Atlanta, GA), his loving aunts, uncles & awesome cousins, and his cherished teachers, mentors and many friends.

Robert graduated from the University of Idaho in December 2008. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a minor in History as well as fulfilling the university’s Honors Program requirements. He graduated from Southridge HS (Kennewick) after having attended elementary school in Kahlotus, WA. Robert attended many sessions of the Satori Academic Summer Camp (EWU, Cheney, WA) first as a camper and later as a counselor. Robert was an avid seeker of knowledge, and his teachers in all venues encouraged the development of his inexhaustible, if not obnoxiously chipper, IMAGINATION.

Robert followed his interests with zestful participation: from classroom projects, marching bands, drama clubs, student groups, church activities, fencing club, part-time jobs, to facing each day of his illness with a tenacious optimism in spite of it all.

A memorial celebration is planned for Saturday May 22, 2010, at the Pasco Red Lion Hotel (Pasco, WA) at 4 PM. Robert wished to direct financial memorials towards support of the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre, POB 8126, Moscow, ID 83843.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some thoughts to share, in lieu of being able to attend the memorial service:

1:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cool cat, for sure. And a very cool and loving family. What a blessing you all are and have been to us on Planet Earth. Be well in this time of deep mourning. Known there will be new mornings, happier ones. Much Love, Marla Marvin

8:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rob was a student of mine at Southridhe High School. He was bright, imaginative and a very special person. Should Rob have live on through his years, the world would be a better place because he would have enriched the lives of many others. I am honored to have had him touch my life.

- Jim Hendricks (former Southridge Teacher)

9:38 AM  
Blogger Pat Kutkey said...

Dear Harders,
Received your letter about Rob's scholarship fund. Wanted to let you know that we will be contributing the first of the year so that we can access matching funds. Wish I had gotten to know Rob better, and hope the best for all of you.
Patrick Kutkey

9:00 AM  

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