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Some very sad news

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One of our most beloved members passed away unexpectedly and suddenly this afternoon: Deron Harden (1400pilot). For those of you who never had the privilege of meeting Deron, you missed out on something special. He was the most lovable person I've ever known. He was a fabulous friend. A man who loved life with every ounce of his being. A devoted father (I can't even think about his children without losing it). A dedicated Kawasaki dealer who gave his customers 200%.

For those of us who knew Deron, our loss is beyond description.

His best friend, Norm, will share news of the arrangements with us after they've been made.
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That picture is so typical of Deron. He always, ALWAYS had a smile on his face.
I quickly threw together some pictures of Deron and his kids (some are his, most are mine). Seeing the picture of his hamburger with all the pepper on it made me laugh. Deron sure did love his pepper. That was taken in Yellowstone Park, on our way to the first-ever Red Lodge get-together.

Picasa Web Albums - Julie - Memories of D...
any idea what happened to him?
No one knows yet, but I hope we find out within the next few days.
Deron was the god father to our kids, and we've known and loved him for over 30 years. His family has had so much sadness these last few years, and now this has happened!
That is so true. What happened to his brother. His mother's illness. His accident last year and the health problems he's been dealing with. And now this. It's just completely devastating. I can't stop crying.
it only took once to know the kind of person he was Mayo :(
That's for sure. I fell in love with him the first time I met him. What a guy he was. I don't see how anyone could possibly dislike him. He was just so completely lovable.

David, I've been thinking a lot today about that first trip to Red Lodge that you and I and Alan got to share with Deron. That was so much fun. Just one of many rides I enjoyed with Deron over the years, but that one was especially nice. I'll never forget Deron and I going into the beer cooler in Wyoming that day it was so terribly hot.

And it was Deron who taught me how to make a grass angel. :cry: :cry: :cry:
Just want to let everyone know that Deron's memorial service will be Monday, November 10th at 11:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Holdrege. I spoke with his mom today and she said the autopsy showed he had a massive heart attack - no anurysm - and had an enlarged heart. Isn't that the truth....he had the largest heart of anyone I know!
For memorials, the funeral home number is 308-995-4114 The address of the funeral home is : Nelson Bauer Funeral Home 401 Burlington Holdrege, NE 68949 The florist here is Holdrege Floral and their number is 308-995-4832
Thank you so much for sharing this with us. You're right. Deron had the biggest heart in the world.
a lttle fun at a few members expense.

i've had this video in my backhoe of fun.
it's from when julie,dave, alan,DERON and julie couldn't find my house!!!!


dave didn't punch in my full address though,so he get's a quick whop upside the head for it!!!

still funny to me though!!
YouTube - whack pack
It wasn't our fault. We got bad directions. :D :D :D
Hi Annie!!

You know what I was just remembering?

That night we had dinner at the Carbon County Steak House, and Deron was out on the sidewalk, handing our carnations to passers-by. And Norm was doing his magic trick for them--the one with his thumb. OMG, I laughed so hard. What a wonderful memory that was.
Hi Joe.

I think we're all still in shock. I've been having a terrible time tonight--remembering all the good times with Deron and thinking about what a huge loss this is to those of us who loved him. I just can't stop crying. Right now, I'm sitting in the living room, and my memories are all about the last time Deron was here, in September, and how he was sitting on the couch right next to me, with his feet up on the coffee table. We had such a wonderful time. I still can't believe he's gone.
If those of us on the forum who live far away from Deron are having this difficult a time, I can only imagine how hard this is for those of you who live in Holdrege and saw Deron on a daily basis. My thoughts are with all of you. I know the coming weeks and months are going to be tough.
You know, I've been thinking a lot about something today--about how important it is to tell your friends that you love them. You never know when you won't get that chance again. I'm glad that I told Deron I loved him many times. And I'm going to make a point of letting all my friends know how much I appreciate them.
i think it is time that your prodigal son visit a little more than twice in a season...
i'm gonna need some of that loving too ya know.

heck you are in great part responsible for some of my decision to move here.
we only live a few miles away...
I know, Mayo. It's tragic, isn't it? But if it makes you feel any better, I hardly ever see anyone else, either! :) But we need to make sure we get together for more often. And how about you, Joe? Would really love to see you! Maybe I should arrange a little holiday get-together at my place this year.
only if there is no mistletoe at your house....freda get's jealous ya know!!!:lol:

would love to...
Well, then, I'd better start planning!!! Will keep you informed, Mayo.

And don't worry. The ceiling's too high to hang mistletoe. :D
Joe, just now saw this. I'm so sorry about your friend. This is terrible. So much loss and pain for so many people this week. :-(

I'll never be able to think of Deron without remembering that lamp. :)

Thanks for the picture, Darrell!
A very sad week. I still can't believe he's gone.
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