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Rev. William (Bill) Harden Sr. 1948 - 2020
Rev. William (Bill) Harden Sr.

Rev. William (Bill) Harden Sr. 1948 - 2020

LARNED — Rev. William (Bill) Harden Sr., 71, passed away Feb. 23, 2020 at Sandpiper Health and Rehabilitation Center, Wichita, Kan.

He was born Oct. 23, 1948 in Winnfield, La., the son of Nathan and Cora Lee Austin Harden. Originally living in Louisiana, he moved to McPherson, Kan. and then to Larned, Kan. in 1992. He was a devoted minister, spending every Sunday at Church and was also a bus driver for USD 495, Larned.

He was a member of the Escue Chapel, CME Church, Larned and Second Baptist Church, Great Bend. He enjoyed fishing and going to church.

On July 16, 1975, he married Katherine “Kat” Guye in Winnfield, La. She died Aug. 27, 2010. On May 26, 2012 he married Shirley Williams in Wichita. She survives. Other survivors include three sons, William “Junior” (Lindy) Harden, Lawrence, Kan., Shawn (Katelyn Shnuerlee) Harden, Hays, KS, Rodney Harden, Louisiana; two daughters, Renia Harden, Houston, TX, Lekisha Magee, Louisiana; brother, Roy Harden, McPherson, Kan.; a sister, Corrine Foster, Louisiana and eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister, Erlene Magee.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 28, 2020 at Beckwith Mortuary, Larned, with Pastor Clifford Parker presiding. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Beckwith Mortuary, Larned. Burial will be in the Larned Cemetery, Larned. Memorials may be sent to Donor’s Choice in care of Beckwith Mortuary, Box 477 Larned, KS 67550. Condolences may be left at

Funeral arrangements provided by

Beckwith Mortuary 

Box 477 

Larned, KS 67550

Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Feb. 26. 2020