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Kenneth Harada

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Kenneth Harada, age 86 of Fredericksburg, IA died Wednesday, July 27, 2022, at his home. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 3, 2022, at The United Methodist Church in Fredericksburg with Rev. Roberta Robbins presiding. Friends may greet the family from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 2, 2022, at Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home & Crematory in Fredericksburg. Visitation continues an hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday. For those unable to attend Kens' Memorial Service please join the family via Livestream. https://foveo.stream/hugeback-johnson/kenneth-harada Live Webcast Ken was born on New Year’s Day in 1936 to Yoshio and Irene (Tanaka) Harada in Kapaa, Kauai, Hawaii, and grew up on the island. After graduating from high school in 1954, he followed a family member to Drake University in Des Moines, majoring in education and finding that he loved the seasons Iowa had to offer. He received his degree from Drake in the spring of 1959 and accepted a job offer from Fredericksburg Community Schools. For 37 years, Ken taught science and social studies, touching the lives of thousands of students over the years. Many will tell you that “H” was their favorite teacher because of his smile and his quick wit. Ken had a knack for engaging his students, and many remember that he was the teacher who could imagine what they could be. A year after beginning his teaching career, he met first-year home economics and French teacher named Carolyn Wagamon, and the two hit it off almost immediately. The couple was married on Oct. 20, 1961, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Waverly, beginning a wonderful union for almost 61 years. Ken and Carolyn had two children, Susan and John, who understood Ken's time was the greatest gift he could give to them. He and his daughter enjoyed golfing together and he coached her in softball. Ken and his son enjoyed fishing together, and the entire family cherishes the vacations they took to places like Hawaii, Europe, and California. After retiring from teaching, Ken and Carolyn traveled extensively. They loved taking cruises and visited every continent but Antarctica during their travels, snowbirding in California every winter, and they spent as much time as possible with their four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. As good of a father as Ken was, he was an exceptional grandfather. He and his wife continued their “teaching careers” with them and loved attending their sports and school events. Ken, quite simply, was a loving, spoiling grandfather and great-grandfather. Ken believed in giving back to his community, and he was generous with his time and talents. He was a member of the United Methodist Church, Plum Creek Golf Course, FHS Teachers' Association, and the Fredericksburg Lions Club. He enjoyed playing 500 and poker in his card clubs, and he also served on the Fredericksburg City Council for a number of years. He was an avid gardener, and Ken and his wife froze and canned much of his harvest. His jams and jellies were the best, too. Ken also loved to trout fish in the Deborah area, and the family joke is that Ken knew the schedule of the hatchery truck and would follow it to the trout stream. Ken probably would think this obituary is too long, but he lived a truly remarkable life. One of his former students wrote that “I still tell my kids stories of Mr. Harada. He was such an awesome teacher and person.” Indeed, he was, and we will dearly miss him. Ken is survived by his wife, Carolyn, of Fredericksburg; his two children, Susan (Joe Fagundes) Bentley of Cerritos, California, and John (Jodi) Harada of Waukee; four grandchildren, Rachel Harada, Jordan (Haley Bergman) Bentley, Natalie (Daniel) Barnett and Andrew Harada; two great-grandchildren, Harlow Bentley and Iris Barnett; and one sister, Joyce (Tommy) Hayashi of Torrance, California and many relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents, Yoshio and Irene Harada; daughter, Sallie Ann Harada in infancy; sister and brother-in-law, Marion and Roy Mikami; sister-in-law and husband, Boots and Gaylen Hafar; parents-in-law, Nick and Irene Wagamon; son-in-law, Larry Bentley; aunts, uncles, and cousins. Memorials donated to the Harada family will be directed to the Fredericksburg United Methodist Church and the American Kidney Fund.

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  1. You are all in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. I thoroughly enjoyed having him as a teacher. Dena and Zac Palmer and Dean Speicher

  2. My deepest, deepest sympathy to the family!!!!!! Susan-Larry Bentley , my thoughts and prayers are truly with you and your your family. Your dad was an exceptionally great man, teacher and father!!!! He will truly be missed.


  4. Condolences to the Harada family for the loss of your loved one, praying for peace and strength in the days ahead.

  5. Carolyn, Susan, and John…you have my deepest sympathy. Holding you and your families tight in my thoughts, hugs, and prayers!

  6. Carolyn and family, May memories embrace your hearts and give you strength, prayers sent.
    Amazing teacher…who doesn’t remember making batteries. We were lucky students.

  7. Prayers to the Harada family. I’m so sorry for your loss. I still tell my kids stories of Mr. Harada. He was such an awesome teacher and person. I had so much fun learning in his class. I’ll never forget how we would joke around before class started and sometimes arm wrestle or try to get one of us in a move and he would always get the better of me. Thinking of the Harada family.

  8. I am so sorry to hear Ken passed away; loved having him as a teacher in high school! Such a nice guy and had a great smile. You will be missed by family and many others. Rest In Peace Mr. Harada

  9. One of my favorite teachers! And Carolyn too. A great loss to the community as well. Condolences and prayers to the family.

  10. Way too many memories to recount but one common thread is Ken’s quick wit and brilliant smile. There are certain individuals who leave a forever impression on your heart and soul and Ken certainly falls within this category. Forever in my ♥️!

  11. Sending thoughts and prayers to all the families, and hope you find comfort and peace in the great life Ken lived 🙏🏻

  12. My prayers go out to your family! Always loved his smile in class! What a great teacher! My deepest sympathies. 🙏

  13. Prayers, Thoughts, Love and Sympathy to the family of a great teacher. Always liked being in his class and seeing his smile.

  14. A part of me is gone with Mr . Harada’s death. He came to FHS when we were freshmen. He was one of my hero’s. A damn good teacher…one of the best! RIP my friend. Tom Scott, Iowa City, IA

  15. Ken was not only a great teacher, but a great man in life. He truly cared about others and was always willing to help. Loved his sense of humor and his steel trap memory. He always enjoyed sharing words of wisdom if he thought they would help. He was always interested in how you were doing!! He loved his family dearly and based his life on his faith and deep roots in his Hawaiian heritage. Rest In Peace my friend. Mark and Terry Wenthe

  16. he was a great teacher and was very important in my education prayers for Carolyn and family .

  17. What a great man and teacher! One of the best! I think we were his first student. We were very LUCKY. Our Sympathy to his family. ROGER AND MARGO

  18. I’m so sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. I always enjoyed time spent with him and the family back home here on Kauai. Sending sympathy to Carolyn, Susan and John in this time of sadness as well as celebration of a wonderful life. Aloha pumehana from Alan Van Zee.

  19. Carolyn, Susan, & John, and families, I am sorry to know that you have lost a special person. Teachers plant the seeds for the future, and Mr. Harada did that. I knew him in school and at church with a smile always.

  20. Carolyn and family, I have such wonderful memories of Ken, as I know you do also. Treasure those! My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love, Dana (Wagamon) Schmitz

  21. From the first time I met him I knew here was a man I would like a lot… I always did.. my sympathies to the family

  22. So sorry to see this. My favorite memories always will be the rounds of food we played together, especially after he went to the U.S. Open.

  23. My prayers to the Harada family. He was one of my favorite teachers. Loved visiting with him He will be missed. Cathy Skoda

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