MURPHYSBORO — Harold Lee Lawder, 91, passed way Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, in Prairie Living at Chautauqua in Carbondale.
Harold was born Feb. 29, 1928, in Rockwood to Patrick and Ruby (Spinner) Lawder.
He was a strong boy and excelled in athletics and was eventually inducted into the Chester High School Hall of Fame.
Mr. Lawder served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict, earning the rank of 1st Lt.
He married Lida Carlene (Ray) on March 30, 1963, in the First Presbyterian Church in Chester, and she preceded him in death in 2011.
He was the owner of the Lawder Sand Co. but had always felt that God had a plan for his life, and after four years of planning, in January of 1982, he made the first airing of WXAN Christian Radio. This was only the beginning as he also had KMHM in Marble Hill, Missouri, and served as chairman of the board of the First State Bank of Campbell Hill for 14 years.
He was a devoted Christian and a member of the Victory Baptist Church of Carterville.
He is survived by his two stepsons Ronald and Irene Glasener of McMinnville, Tennessee, and Vincent and Teresita Glasener of Wisconsin; five stepgrandchildren, Beth Glasener Ware and her husband, William Ware of Roanoke, Virginia, Chad Glasener and his wife, Jennifer Glasener of Gallatin, Tennessee, Carlene Schoenecker and her husband, Stevan Schoenecker of West Bend, Wisconsin, Jessica Glasener of California City, California, and Vincent Glasener Jr. and his wife, Andrea Glasener of California City, California; seven stepgreat-grandchildren, Ayden Ware of Roanoke, Virginia, Zach Glasener, Hailey Glasener, and Bailey Glasener of Gallatin, Tennessee, Brandon Schoenecker of West Bend, Wisconsin, Mikkala Glasener and Dillon Glasener of California City, California, and one close friend and coworker, Will Stephens.
Arrangements for Mr. Lawder will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, in Pettett Funeral Home, with Pastor Glen Aulgur officiating. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to WXAN or to the Victory Baptist Church.
His body will be laid to rest at Evergreen Cemetery in Chester.
For more information, visit https:/www.pettettfuneralhome.com.