PHILIP EUGENE HARDER
December 2, 1931 ~ February 24, 2017
Phil died on February 24 at Legacy Emanuel's Trauma ICU. He suffered an accidental fall on February 14 and had major complications.
He will be remembered as a gentile, caring man with a big heart. He never met a person he could not relate.
Phil was born in Missouri Valley, Iowa, and after graduating from high school joined the Navy to become a medic. He served in Korea during the final years of that war. He loved watching MASH because it brought back memories.
As an ordained minister, Phil served at the Fern Prairie United Methodist Church, Camas, WA after retiring from Portland State University as Campus Minister.
He believed citizen involvement in community made that community a better place so he became active in the Camas Neighborhood Association and later became president. When the youth of Camas needed a place to skateboard, he volunteered to be fundraising chair for building a skate park. He was often seen around city hall asking questions and getting to know the people who worked there.
He and his wife, Anita, moved to Fairway Village, Vancouver. Again he became active. He served as President of the Men's Golf Club, Chair of the Democratic Forum and sang in the Village Chorus. He loved the opportunity to participate in musical events.
The celebration of Phil's life will be held on April 2 at 2:00 p.m., St. John's Presbyterian Church in Camas.
His family will gather for a private burial in the summer at Skyline Memorial Gardens, Portland, OR.
Please visit Phil's online memorial and guest books at www.skylinememorialgardens.com and www.columbian.com/obits.
Published in The Columbian on Mar. 17, 2017