Thomas Harder, 86

Mass of Christian Burial for Thomas Harder was held at 10 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020 at Corpus Christ Catholic Church, Newcastle, WY. Rosary service was held on Wednesday, Sept. 9    at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Newcastle, WY.    Interment    followed at Greenwood Cemetery. 

Tom Harder, 86, of Newcastle, WY died the morning of Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020.    He was born to Sophia and Elmer Harder on Aug. 23, 1934 in Gregory, SD.    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 his 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, SD. In 1968 they moved to Newcastle, WY where they raised their four kids. He worked for Newcastle High School as a guidance counselor and golf and football coach for over 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 survived by his wife Shirley, brother Jim (Gladys) of SD, sister-in-law Gladys (NE), sister-in-law Jeanann (SD), sons Brad (Christine) WY, Mike (Leslie) FL, Dan WY and daughter Nikol (CO); grandkids Mashayla, Ryan and Olivia and numerous nieces and nephews.

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. Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of Meridian Mortuary 111 South Railroad Ave, Newcastle, WY 82701. Condolences may also be expressed at

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