NLJ Staff


Aug. 23, 1934–Sept. 6, 2020

Tom Harder, 86, of Newcastle, Wyo., died the morning of Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020.

He was born to Sophia and Elmer Harder on Aug. 23, 1934, in Gregory, S.D. Tom was the youngest of four boys and his father died before having the opportunity to meet him. He graduated from Gregory High School in 1952 and then enlisted in the U.S. Army. After an honorable discharge, he earned a Master’s Degree in Education from South Dakota State University.

Tom met and married Shirley (Modine), his wife of 57 years, and they began their life in Winner, S.D. In 1968 they moved to Newcastle where they raised their four kids. He worked for Newcastle High School as a guidance counselor and golf and football coach for more than 20 years.

Tom had a true passion for his family and sports. He looked forward to cards with the guys and a trip or two to Deadwood. He also enjoyed attending the University of Wyoming football games.

Tom is survied by his wife, Shirley; his brother, Jim (Gladys) of South Dakota; sisters-in-law, Gladys of Nebraska and Jeanann of South Dakota; sons, Brad (Christine) of Wyoming, Mike (Leslie) of Florida, and Dan of Wyoming; daughter, Nikol of Colorado; grandkids, Mashayla, Ryan and Olivia; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A rosary service was held on Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 7 p.m. at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Newcastle. A funeral will be held on Thursday, Sept. 10, at 10 a.m., also at the Catholic church. Internment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Newcastle. Please join the family for a gathering at the Newcastle Country Club immediately following the internment.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Corpus Christi Catholic Church, the Newcastle Country Club or to a charity of your choice in his name.


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