Russell Christopher Harders, 55, of Wheeler passed away Wednesday, May 10, 2023. He was born May 14, 1967 in Valparaiso to Willy & Hannelore (Brueggman) Harders and graduated from Wheeler High School in 1985. Russ was proud to make his career as a farmer on the family farm in Wheeler along with all of the hardships that may have accompanied it.
Survivors include his son, Christopher Wyatt Harders of Wheeler, mother, Hannelore Harders of Wheeler, brother, Richard (Lori) Harders of Wheeler, sister, Katherine (Jack) Saylor of Valparaiso, nieces, Emily & Kayleigh Harders, nephew, Jacob Saylor, great-niece, Kiera Harders, and the mother of his son, Ashley Hawkins.
A visitation will be held Sunday, May 14, 2023, from 12 noon – 4 p.m. at Moeller Funeral Home, Valparaiso. The funeral service will begin at 1:00 p.m. Monday at the funeral home with burial to follow at Graceland Cemetery.
Russell was a gentle, kind person. He was loved by many. Prayers, and peace comfort his family. -Kathleen Arndt
I went to Wheeler High School and remember the Harders, and often visited their dairy farm back in the day with my grandmother. I remember Russell and his brother and sister growing up and they were so nice, always polite and friendly. The whole family was so wonderful and friendly, and I remember Russell's Dad, Willie, playing the role of Santa Claus at Union Center Elementary School. The memories I have of the Harders are all positive and good. It sure saddens me to hear of Russells passing, and the whole family is in my prayers. So very sorry for your loss. -Tammy (Bruszewski) Tackett
We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you. -Desmond Williams
Our prayers are with you through these times. God bless. -Mr. & Mrs. Donald Oden
RUSSELL WAS A GREAT FRIEND, NICES GUY IN THE WHOLE WORLD,LOVED HANGING OUT WITH ALWAYS HAD A LAUGH TOGETHER AND BOY DID WE HAVE SOME FUN, NIGHTS OUT & AND TRIPS TO FLORIDA IT WAS FUNNY SEEING HIM IN THE OCEAN WITH HIS OVERALLS ON. THANKS FOR THE MEMORY'S, -PAT DYKES
I'm so sorry for your loss. Russell was a kind man. Prayers of comfort and peace for the family at this difficult time. -Marsha Young
Didn't know him well but he was always kind, friendly and welcoming to us new to the area. Everyone spoke highly of him. I am so sorry for your loss. Your family are some of the kindest most helpful and welcoming we have met since moving here. -Lisa nunez/ Tony