Donald Harader

Donald C. Harader, 96, of Arkansas City, passed into heaven Wednesday, April 25, 2018, from the Kansas Veterans Home of Winfield. 

Graveside services will be 3 p.m. Monday, April 30, at Parker Cemetery. The family will greet friends at the Parkerfield community building immediately following the service.

A memorial has been established with RiverCross Hospice. Contributions can be made through Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home and Crematory, of Arkansas City. Online condolences can be made at

Donald was born July 15, 1921, in Arkansas City, to John and Edna (Bell) Harader. He was reared and educated in Arkansas City, graduating from Arkansas City High School in 1939. Donald served in the United States Army during World War II as a mechanic with the 14th Air Force Flying Tigers. 

He married the love of his life, Elsie Carolyn Herbig, on Oct. 20, 1940, in Newkirk, Okla. They made their home in Arkansas City. Donald worked as a mechanic for John Deere for many years. 

He was a member of the Central Christian Church, Spencer-Ralston Post 1254 Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Flying Tigers Alumni. Donald was an avid hunter, fisherman, a devoted husband and father.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Elsie, in 2010; and three brothers.

Survivors include two sons, Walter Harader and wife, Jean, of Huntingdon, Pa., and Kenneth Harader and wife, Marilyn, of Parkerfield; a daughter, Virginia Bohannan and husband, Eldon, of Arkansas City; seven grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren, with another due any day; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.