Robert Donald "Bob" Harden, 84 years of age, of Holdrege

Courtesy/Nelson Bauer Funeral Home

Funeral Services for Robert D. Harden will be conducted from the First United Methodist Church in Holdrege, Nebraska on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. with Reverend Jeff Adams officiating. Interment will be in the Prairie Home Cemetery at Holdrege.

Robert Donald "Bob" Harden, 84 years of age, of Holdrege, passed away on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at Holdrege Memorial Homes. He was born on September 4, 1929 at Kearney, Nebraska, the eldest of five children of Roy I. and Clara B. (Donnell) Harden. Bob received his education from Kearney Public Schools, graduating from Kearney High School with the class of 1947. Following his education, he worked construction with his father for a few years and also enlisted in the Nebraska Army National Guard. In 1951, Bob was introduced into the automobile business as a mechanic at the Lincoln Mercury and Ray Nelson Dodge Dealerships in Kearney. In 1953, he moved to Holdrege and worked at Gabus Ford, which later was known as Don Loar Ford.

On June 12, 1955, he was united in marriage to RoDonna M.
Lindholm at Polk, Nebraska and to this union two sons were born: Deron Robert and Duane Roger. The family made their home in Holdrege, where Bob continued to work as a mechanic. In 1970, Bob founded Bob's Auto Repair of Holdrege, which he operated until his retirement in 1991. On December 15, 2008, Bob was preceded in death by his wife, RoDonna.

On August 14, 2010, he was united in marriage to Gwen N. Olson at the First United Methodist Church in Holdrege. Bob and Gwen enjoyed spending the past several years traveling throughout the United States. They also enjoyed traveling to several locations to add to their collection of Jewel T Autumn Leaf Pattern Pottery. Planning and building a new home together was a blessing to them both, which they enjoyed over the past years.

Bob was a 50+ year member of First United Methodist Church in Holdrege, where he served as chairman on the building committee, a past Trustee, on the education committee and also took part on other various committees at the church. He was also a member of the Elks, Eagles, the Ambassadors, Holdrege Chamber of Commerce, and the Kiwanis. He was a member of the Tre Kronar Scandinavian Society in Holdrege and Bob and his first wife, RoDonna were honored to be selected as the Swedish Days King and Queen in 1997. Bob enjoyed camping, boating, fishing, golfing and photography. He was also an avid Husker Football fan and loved doing woodworking projects.

Besides his parents and his wife, RoDonna; Bob was preceded in death by his son, Deron on November 3, 2008; brother, Jackson Harden; sister, Doris Vest-Ripp and her two husbands: Richard Vest and Sylvester Ripp; brothers-in-law: Walter Vest, Delwyn Lindholm and his wife, Lois and Dale Schmidt.

He leaves to mourn his passing; his wife, Gwen of Holdrege; son, Duane Harden and his wife, Tammie of Hagerstown, Maryland; two step-children: Scott Olson and his wife, Vicky of rural Axtell, Nebraska and Beth Kabes and her husband, Mike of rural Leigh, Nebraska; thirteen grandchildren: Daniel and Jillian Harden and Tyler, Nathan, Ryan and Lauren Harden, Jason Olson, Candice Vinton and her husband, Darren, Crystal Klug and her husband, Beau, Curtis Olson and his wife, Jade, Myles Kabes, Zach Kabes and his wife, Jill and Kenton Kabes; eight great-grandchildren; two sisters: Lola Vest of Kearney, and Virginia Schmidt of Lincoln, Nebraska; brother-in-law, Wayne Lindholm and his wife, Doris of Minnesota; sister-in-law, Cella Quinn and her husband, Mac McCallum, of Omaha, Nebraska; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held at the Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. with the family greeting from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

A memorial has been established in Bob's honor and is kindly suggested to the First United Methodist Church or the Nebraska Prairie Museum.

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The Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege is in charge of the arrangements.

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