George William Harders Jr., 74, resident of Alliance, Ohio passed away peacefully in the presence of his beloved wife in his home Saturday, September 24, 2022. He will be remembered for his passion for life, giving nature, love of motorcycles and boats, great sense of humor, and optimistic attitude. George was born April 1, 1948, in Newark, New Jersey, to George and Catharine Harders.
Upon leaving school, he enlisted in the United States Navy in August 1965 during the Vietnam War. During his distinguished career, he served aboard USS Tidewater (AD-31), USS Gyatt (DD-712), USS Borie (DD-704), USS Simon Lake (AS-33), and USS Santa Barbara (AE-28). He was assigned to numerous shore and overseas duty stations, to include being hand selected as the personal driver for the Chief of Naval Operations.
Throughout his life and career, George was recognized for his inspirational leadership. He trained, motivated, and mentored Sailors and, later in life, a vast number of individuals with whom he worked. He earned his Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist designation and the prestigious Master Training Specialist Insignia. He was awarded numerous personal commendations, ribbons, and medals, as well as service campaign and unit awards. George retired after honorably serving 22 years of active duty, achieving the rank of Master Chief Boiler Technician.
George was preceded in death by his parents, George and Catharine Harders, and brother, Ernest.
George is survived by his wife of 41 years, Rhonda (Iler) Harders; sister, Lynn and brother-in-law, Bill Thompson of Toms River, New Jersey; brother, David Harders of Orlando, Florida; in-laws William and Roberta Iler of Minerva, Ohio; brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Barbara Johnson of Tucson, Arizona; brother and sister-in-law, Karl and Patricia Mayle of Paris, Ohio; brother-in-law, Bill Iler of Massillon, Ohio; daughter, Laura Campbell of Florida; nine nieces and nephews; many loyal friends and Shipmates; and his faithful and devoted dachshund, Magnum.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Paquelet-Falk Funeral Home, Louisville, Ohio. Visitation will take place on Friday, September 30, 2022, at 12:00 p.m. with service to follow at 1:00 p.m.