In Memory Of

Mr. Frank K.
Harder, Jr.

Service Information

Thursday, April 22, 2021
Friday, April 23, 2021
09:30 am
LIVE FUNERAL SERVICE at the Garden City Community Church


A special request;



Upon entering the building:

1. Under Governor Andrew Cuomo's guidance, all visitors must keep a mask or face covering on at all times and practice social distancing during the entire duration of their visitation. 

2. All persons attending will have their temperature taken upon entering the building. People attending will be asked to provide contact information (Full name and telephone number or email) for contact tracing should it become necessary. No contact information will be used for solicitation, this is solely for the Department of Health. 

3. Each Chapel has it's own maximum capacity, Fairchild Sons will police this policy and we thank you for your cooperation in following their directions. In the event that the chapel becomes at maximum capacity, we will request for you to wait outside of the building until someone else leaves the visitation. At that time we will make you aware that you are able to enter the building to pay your respects. 

Thank you for your cooperation during this time


Frank Kenneth Harder, Jr.

February 28, 1929- April 8, 2021


Frank passed away peacefully at the age of 92.  He was born at Nassau Hospital to Helen T. Harder and F. Kenneth Harder.  He graduated from Hempstead High School and went on to be an All-American track and field athlete at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, where he was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and the prestigious Gimlet organization.  Frank enlisted in the US Army, serving as a 2nd Lieutenant in a medical battalion attached to the 3rd Infantry Division in Korea, being awarded a Bronze Star.  After his honorable discharge, Frank joined his father in business and helped to grow Harder Services, Inc., now in it’s 99th year.  In 1989, Frank served as president of the National Arborist Association, the predecessor to today’s Tree Care Industry Association.

He was a civic leader and a pillar in his local community, serving on the Boards of Winthrop Hospital (now NYU Langone) and the Cherry Valley Country Club, as President of the Hempstead Rotary Club, the Garden City Men’s Association, and the Garden City Community Club, as Deacon of the Garden City Community Church, and he was honored to be chosen as “Uncle Sam” at the Lawrence Beach Club, where he spent 47 summers.

Frank enjoyed his later years spending time in his garden with his wife and his beloved Springer Spaniels, reading as many books at one time as humanly possible, visiting with his family, spending time in Florida with sisters-in-law and enjoying his many friends.  

Franks greatest legacy is his family.  He is survived by his beloved wife of 70 years, Kristine, their 5 Children: Laura, Hank, Peggy, Bill and Linann, and their families, which includes 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, who will all miss their father and “Pop-Pop” dearly.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to: the Wounded Warrior Project or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

A Celebration of Frank’s life will be held at Fairchild Sons Funeral Home in Garden City, on Thursday April 22nd from 4 pm to 8 pm.  A family service will be held at the Garden City Community Church on Friday morning April 23rd at 9:30 am, with his interment at Calverton National Cemetery immediately following.

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