Jun 12, 2009
by WLJ

Kurt James Harder, Eric Max Harder

Kurt and Eric Harder passed away June 5, 2009, following a tragic accident at their ranch. To walk into a room in the presence of Kurt and Eric is to experience unbridled humor. Eric’s sense of humor made him immediately likeable. His boisterous laugh (inherited from his father) and Kurt’s infectious chuckle will ring in our ears forever. Kurt, Eric, and their brother, William Jr., were best friends, working together, vacationing together, and arguing together. They spent their summers boating with their parents, family, and friends on the Palouse and Snake rivers, attending NASCAR races, playing Texas Hold ’em, and frequently vacationed in Mexico together. Kurt’s love for Eric’s kids was rivaled only by Eric himself. Eric’s two sons, Eric Max and Timothy J (T.J.), and daughter, Nicole, were the center of their worlds. Washington State University graduates and fans of monumental proportion, Kurt graduated in Agricultural Mechanization and Eric in Agricultural Economics. Following college, both Kurt and Eric joined their father and older brother, William Harder Jr., in the family farm/ ranch as fourth-generation operators. Kurt managed the wheat farm and Eric, jointly with his wife, Terri, managed the Hereford cattle business. Their love for their land can only be understood by those who also love theirs. Eric met his wife Terri at a bull sale in Reno, NV. They were married in 1995 in Payette, ID. They shared a love of the cattle business and respected one another as partners together in the business. Eric and Kurt were both very involved in the Kahlotus, WA, community as well as the area agriculture community. Eric served as president of the Kahlotus Lions Club, chairman of the Kahlotus School Board, volunteer fireman for Kahlotus Fire District Number 2, and member of the Washington Cattleman’s Association, National Cattleman’s Beef Association, Washington Wheat Growers Association, and Kahlotus Days Committee. Kurt served as chairman of the Franklin County Farm Service Agency, president of the Franklin County Wheat Growers Association, fire commissioner for Kahlotus Fire District Number 2, and member of the Natural Resource Conservation District, Washington Cattleman’s Association, National Cattleman’s Beef Association, Washington Wheat Growers Association, and Kahlotus Days Committee. Kurt was born April 18, 1964, in Colfax, WA. Eric was born August 12, 1969, in Colfax, WA. Eric is survived by his wife of 13 years, Terri; two sons, Eric Max, 11, and Timothy J. (T.J.), 7; daughter, Nicole, 10; and his in-laws, Tim and Tina Shaw, Thomas, Sandelle, and Lisa Shaw. Both Kurt and Eric are survived by their parents, William George Sr. and Vivian Harder; and brother, William George Harder Jr. A funeral service was held at the Kahlotus School Gymnasium. The brothers were laid to rest side-by-side at the Harder Family Cemetery in Kahlotus following the service. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Kurt and Eric Harder Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Bank of Whitman, P.O. Box 623, Washtucna, WA 99371.

Thomas F. Spencer

Thomas F. Spencer passed away April 16, 2009, in Pueblo, CO. He was born on Oct. 14, 1929, near the Missouri River at Leavenworth, KS. Tom Spencer was the son of Grover C. and Clara H. (Bollin) Spencer, who preceded him in death. He was a past president and honorary lifetime member of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, past president and 12-year member of the Colorado State Brand Board, past president of the Central Colorado Soil Conservation District, served on the board of directors of the National Cattlemen’s Association, and was a 50-year member of the Kansas Livestock Association. Mr. Spencer leaves behind his wife, Mary Josephine Guilfoyle Spencer; six daughters, Clara Hodge, Mary Hanna, Patty Bruce, Susan (Alan) McNew, Nancy (Michael) Demmler, and Laura Jane Spencer; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Recitation of the rosary was held April 20 and the funeral Mass was celebrated April 20 and 21, both at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 3130 Morris Ave. Internment was at Roselawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please give to Colorado Cattlemen’s Endowment through the mortuary. Online condolences at