GALESBURG, ILL. Jack R. Harding, 78, died Tuesday, May 8, 2007 at OSF St. Mary Medical Center in Galesburg.
Memorial services will be held at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 11, 2007 at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Daniel Smith, officiating. No visitation is planned. Jack was born on June 18, 1928 in Havre, the son of John C. and Ethel V. Albright H a r d i n g . He married Fern Pagel on March 14, 1948 in Havre. Jack was a supervisor for the Burlington Northern Railroad for over 30 years, retiring in 1983. After his retirement he was the Bunker Links golf course repairman. He was a member of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, where he served as an elder. Golfing was his life long passion. He played on the Dew Dusters League and the green busters at Bunker Links. When he was 68, he tied the course record at Bunker Links shooting 61. Jack and his wife Fern, square danced for several years at the Grand Squares. He was an avid Cubs, Bears and Bulls fan. He was preceded in death by daughter, Barbara Salley on Nov. 25, 2003; two brothers; two sisters; one grandson; and one granddaughter. Survivers include his wife, Fern of Galesburg; son, Russell (Marty) Harding of Spokane, Wash., three daughters, Sandra (Gary) Bennett of Havre, Rachelle Harding of Galesburg and Renee (Tony) Ericson of Goshen, Ind.; sister, Donna (Ralph) Hanson of Billings; nine grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church. Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.watsonfh.net.