HARDER, Lloyd George

Obit Harder

Lloyd George Harder was born in Steinbach, Manitoba on January 13, 1947. He had two older brothers, Irv and Cal. Not putting roots down in one place for too long, the family also resided in Abbottsford, BC and Rosenort, MB. When he was 13, they moved to Linden, AB, where they lived and worked in the Maple Leaf Supply building, a combination café and grocery store. In time this was converted into a full-serve restaurant. In 1966, Mic graduated from Dr. Elliott High School. He enjoyed working for various farmers and businesses in the area, until he decided to enroll in RN training at the Calgary General Hospital. Admirably he was one of the first male nurses to do so. A year into his studies he suffered a health setback which altered his career path. This enabled him to challenge the orderly exam and begin employment with the Linden Nursing Home. Mic was a compassionate, patient, and caring caregiver. This is where he met Diane Baerg, and they were married August 7, 1970; enjoying 53 wonderful years together. A month later, Mic began the two-year psychiatric nursing program at Ponoka Institution. Upon graduation, the move was made to Vancouver, BC to manage 3 private nursing homes. Later that year brother Irv offered Mic a position at Walbern Agri-Systems, a company that sold hog and poultry equipment. This brought them full circle back to Linden. In 1975, they purchased an acreage outside of Swalwell, and Mic took great pride in developing the barren property from the ground up, living and running their businesses there for 40 years. When property taxes skyrocketed, he approached the municipality for ways to alleviate, the solution was to become a farmer. With vision, carpentry skills and ingenuity he constructed a greenhouse. After attending a greenhouse convention, they decided to grow bedding plants and Swalwell Greenhouse was born. In 1995, he left Walberns and within the year, started his own hog equipment business “Goldline” which he operated until his retirement. Mic was very artistic, this was reflected in his meticulous landscaping and yardwork. His family was a very important aspect of his life. Annual summer holidays to BC, camping, and skiing on weekends were always special adventures. Once they began RVing they enjoyed time spent golfing with friends throughout Central Alberta, and later enjoyed campouts with the granddaughters. In 2014, after their retirement, they moved to a welcoming community in Olds. In December 2016, Mic suffered medical complications, and over the following 7 years, had more determination than ever to live. His prosthetic was never an obstacle: he golfed and continued with yard care and beautiful planting projects, he travelled to Palm Springs and Vancouver Island, he embraced life to the fullest and appreciated every day, and all he loved. On September 13 he played his last round of golf. In the early morning hours of Sunday September 17, Mic passed away at the Red Deer ICU with Diane at his side. He felt life had been too short. Mic will be dearly missed. He leaves behind his wife Diane, daughter Tamara (Earl) Penner and son Matthew Harder. Grandchildren Nicole (Kobie) Hoffmann, Samantha (Dane) Steen, Elizabeth (Bryce) LeRoux and Kolby Harder; two precious great-granddaughters, Stella & Merideth Hoffmann; his brother, Irv Harder as well as numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews, and cherished friends. He was predeceased by his parents, John and Susan Harder, his brother Calvin, inlaws Peter and Anna Baerg, sisters-in-law Sue Harder and Venice Baerg. A Celebration of Life service was held Saturday, September 30, 2023 at the Alumni Centre, Olds College. For memorial donations and to send condolences to the family, please visit www.sunsetltd.ca