Donald James Harding
was born on the 4
of July, 1932, to Vernon and Della Harding of Holt County, Nebraska. He was the fourth of five children on the Harding cattle ranch. He met his future wife, Peggy Ann Stanek, in Spencer, Nebraska, and they were married on December 25, 1952. Don served in the United States Army for two years during the Korean War and, after his honorable discharge, Don and Peggy moved to California, settled in Fullerton, and had one child, Misti Dawn Harding.
Don worked for Orange County Food Service as a catering truck driver for 47 years, until his retirement in 2002. During his early years Don enjoyed spending time with his family, water skiing, dirt bike and dune-buggy riding, treasure hunting, and shooting, and later continued to enjoy spending time with family, traveling, and reading. He was easy-going, quick to laugh, told captivating stories of his younger years, and deeply loved his family. He was a man of God; gentle, loving, patient, and kind. He desired to please God with his life. He was a member and greeter at The Rock, a Foursquare Church in Anaheim, California.
Don and Peggy were married for 66 years at the time of Peggy’s death on January 30, 2019. Don moved to Gilbert, AZ, with Phil and Misti in April 2020, and lived there until his death on February 12, 2021. He was buried alongside Peggy Harding at Loma Vista Memorial Park in Fullerton, California. He was 88 years old.
He is survived by his daughter, Misti Dawn Osmialowski; son-in-law, Phillip Arthur Osmialowski; grandchildren, Destiny Dawn Taber (Miles), and Phillip Austin Osmialowski (Brittany); and three grandsons, Phillip Aiden Osmialowski and Clark Austin Osmialowski, and Felix Kyle Taber.