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Delores 'Dee' Harder

Monday, January 3, 2005

June 3, 1926-Jan. 1, 2005

LEXINGTON -- Delores "Dee" Harder, 78, of Lexington, died Saturday (Jan. 1, 2005) at Cozad Community Hospital in Cozad.

She was born June 3, 1926, in Oak Creek, Colo., to Hartley and Blanche McKenzie. She grew up in Benkelman, Nebraska where she graduated high school.

In 1945, she married Stanley Shurtleff. To this union one son, John Stanley was born. After Stan's death she ran a restaurant in Benkelman.

In 1955, she married George E. Harder. To this union one daughter, Ellen Jean was born. The family moved to various places including McCook, Holdrege, Grand Island, Lincoln and St. Louis. In 1970, the family settled in Lexington where George and Delores built Harder's Lakeview Marina at Johnson Lake.

After selling the marina, George and Delores moved to Las Vegas but returned to Lexington in 1978, when they opened Harder's Adams Street Market.

She was a fifty plus year member of the First United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Stanley ;and stepmother, Gwen McKenzie.

Survivors include her daughter, Ellen and husband Doug Cunningham of Lexington; son, John and wife, Cathy Shurtleff of Grand Island; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services are Tuesday, 10:30 a.m., at the First United Methodist Church in Lexington with the Revs. Todd Karges and John Craig officiating. Burial will be in the Benkelman Cemetery in Benkelman at 2:30 p.m. (MST).

Visitation is today, from 2-8 p.m., at Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington.

Memorials may be given to the family for later distribution.

Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements.