In Loving Memory…

Fred J Harding, III

Fred J Harding III, 82, of Sedalia, passed away Sunday May 17, 2020 at EW Thompson in Sedalia, MO.

He was born on March 18, 1938 in Sedalia, MO to the parents of Mr. and Mrs. Fred J Harding Jr., who preceded him in death.

Fred graduated from LaMonte High School in LaMonte, MO in May of 1956.  On August 17, 1957 in Sedalia, MO he was united in marriage to Maryann Lewis.  In early spring of 1958, he started his career at Panhandle Eastern Pipeline where his career led him to many different places while holding several positions between Kansas and Missouri. He retired 35 years later in 1993, ending his career in Greensburg, KS. Later that year, they moved back and settled in Sedalia, MO. 

Fred enjoyed slow pitch softball, playing golf with friends, going fishing and hunting as well as volunteering on the local and county Fire Departments.  Fred spent over 50 years serving his communities in LaMonte, MO, Greensburg, KS and Pettis County, MO. His pride and joy was Tanker 1 from the Pettis County Fire Department.  He was most proud that his son, 2 granddaughters and 1 grandson followed in his footsteps.

Besides his wife, he was survived by daughter and son-in-law Teresa and Tim Lawton of Warsaw, MO; daughter Leisa Gero of Sedalia, MO; son and daughter-in-law Mike and Lisa Harding of Smithton, MO; daughter and son-in-law Lynn and Brian Allen of Wichita, KS; eight grandkids: Tasha, Scott, Kelsey, Tayler, Brett, Maddy, Brendan and Brianna; and two great grandkids: Taelyn and Riggan.  His twin brother Bill J Harding and wife Norma of Sweet Springs, MO and brother-in-law Larry Lewis of North Kansas City, MO; nephew and nieces: Ken, Larryn, and Trisha.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his son-in-law Louis Gero and mother and father in law Mr. and Mrs. Russel Lewis.

Visitation will be from 9:00-10:30 AM at Heckart Funeral Home on Wednesday May 20, 2020 and Graveside service and burial will follow at 11:00 AM at the LaMonte Cemetery in LaMonte, MO with Pastor Candace Fowler officiating.  Honorary Pallbearers will be Mark Stevenson, Kent Scotten, Jeff Williams, Louis Sholly, John Cook, Stevie Dillion, Dick and Cathy Senst, Wayne Templeton, Helen Koehn, Phyllis Littrell and Larry Lewis.  Memorial contributions can be made to the Pettis County Fire Department in care of Heckart Funeral Home.


For those unable to attend the service due to the pandemic restrictions, you may send a “Hug from the Heart.” Send your sympathy message to and we will hand-write your note and attach it to a balloon which will be displayed at the service. The family will be able to see the love and support that surrounds them in their time of loss and know that you are with them in spirit.


25 Responses

  1. Fred was aspecial person to all who knew him.was alot of fun to be around nothing was ever boring when he was around.He will be missed by all of us.Prayers for thefamily.

  2. Lynn and family! Lynn – am so sorry to hear of the passing of your dad! Not easy losing a loved one! But just cherish all of the memories that you have of your dad! Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during this time of sadness!

  3. So sorry for your loss of a wonderful father. I do remember the good times of coming to your house and your fun sweet family, our Moms being good friends, and us playing a game of horse in your driveway. Keeping you Leisa and your family in my prayers. Hold your beautiful memories of your Dad close and find peace and comfort my friend. Much love to you all❤️????????

  4. Sending my condolences and prayers of comfort to my dear friend Maryann and her family. Remembering our wonderful times we had.

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  5. I am sorry to hear this i Learned a lot from this man when I was on Pettis County Fire. He was a good man. I am very sorry for your loss.

  6. So very sorry for your loss!! Such a great man. I can only imagine the stories him and dad will be talking about now! Your family is in my thoughts and prayers!

  7. So very sorry for your loss. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers

  8. So sorry for you loss. Fred worked with my Dad Tom Curtis at Panhandle. He used to pick on me when I was a kid. I live in Idaho so I won’t be able to attend services. Prayers for you and your family.

  9. So sorry for your loss. I remember some good times at Fred’s house when I was in school at La Monte. He was such a nice man and father. Really appreciate d him and your family. He will be missed.

  10. Dear Leisa and family, Just wanted to let you know you are all in our thoughts and prayers. We are very sorry for your loss. Love Riki, Erik, Olivia and Eli Harding

  11. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Fred was a good man, so sorry for your loss

  12. Sorry for lose our heart and prayers go out to you and your family. Your father was a great friend he will be missed.

  13. My heart goes out to each of you. I am so very sorry for your loss, pain and sadness. Wishing all of you peace and comfort in the days to come. He was always such a nice man.

  14. So sorry Mary Ann. You now belong to the club none of us want to belong too. Those four guys here had some great times and will do continue to now!! Will be thinking of you and sending you love hugs and prayers. Love Helen

  15. So sorry to hear of Fred’s passing. My parents loved Fred and Maryann dearly. I heard many stories of the good times they had. Thinking of all of you during this time.

  16. Our sincere condolences to Mike Harding and family. Your father was a true hero for the many years that he served as a firefighter, which inspired other family members to following his footsteps. May you be comforted with the thought that he had truly served well his purpose in life. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Sincerely, Joy and Pete

  17. Extending our sympathy to you Mary Ann and your family. Our thoughts are with you at this time.

  18. Lynn (Brian) so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. Please know that we are holding you in our thoughts and prayers during this very sad and difficult time for you and your family.

  19. We are so sorry about Fred’s passing. We will remember the good times we had fishing at the lake. We will always laugh at the memory of when he and Aunt Ann headed for the lake without the boat in tow!!!!!! Thinking of you all and your families.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Bonnie, Jordan and Lisa

  20. Sorry to hear of the loss of your dad, Mike and wife Lisa. Deepest Condolence to all the family. He will be missed. Dad’s and moms are the hard to loss. GOD BE WITH YOU. Pamela Leedy.

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