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Fred Hara

Fred Noboru Hara

Wednesday, February 16th, 1927 - Thursday, October 8th, 2020
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Fred Noboru Hara, 93, of Scottsbluff, passed away at his home surrounded by family on October 8, 2020. A memorial service will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Scottsbluff at 2:00 P.M. on Monday, October 12 with Rev. Craig Collins officiating. Burial will follow the service at the Fairview Cemetery. Visitation will be held at Bridgman Funeral Home on Sunday, October 11 from 3:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Fred’s name may be made to the Legacy of the Plains – WNYMA Japanese Hall Fund or the First United Methodist Church of Scottsbluff. Online Condolences may be made at

Fred was born on February 16, 1927 in La Junta, CO, to Itsuno Arakawa and Soshichi Hara. He moved to Nebraska in 1935 and graduated from Scottsbluff High School in 1944.

He married June Kishimoto on December 4, 1955 and raised 4 children. He farmed for 33 years in the Mitchell Valley area raising sugar beets, corn, beans, alfalfa, and cattle. In 1988, they retired and moved to Scottsbluff.

Fred proudly served our country in the U.S. Army from 1950–1952 and was selected to participate on the Honor Flight to Washington DC in 2013. Always active, he was a member and volunteer at the First United Methodist Church, American Legion, Western Nebraska Young Men’s Association, served on the Haig school board for 12 years, was active in the Monument Valley Iris Society, enjoyed bowling with the ABC Bowling league for over 60 years and was inducted into the USBC Hall of Fame, elected to the USDA ASC Committee, earned a Master Gardener Certification and multiple Master Angler awards. Fred enjoyed fishing, woodworking, gardening, travel, and his friends. Fred was a great family man and an inspiration for how to live life.

Fred was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, June Kishimoto Hara; his brothers George, Dan, Frank, and Ted; sisters Ayako Kishiyama and Kazue Nagasawa.

Fred is survived by his children Diane (Bill Montague) Donnelly, Janet (Al Verhey) Hara, Kim (Doug) Flesher and Roger (Diana) Hara; grandchildren John (Allison) Donnelly III, Katherine (Bobby) Dodd, Matthew Donnelly, Jessica Flesher, Danielle Flesher; great grandson Harvey Hara Dodd; sisters Anna (Sam) Tomoi and Betty (Lee) Hayano; many nieces, nephews and friends.

Masks will be required at the church services and the Funeral Service will be streamed online at as well as and then posted on YouTube under First United Methodist Church – Scottsbluff, NE’s account.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, October 11th, 2020 | 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    Sunday, October 11th, 2020 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    Bridgman Funeral Home
    2104 Broadway
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  • Service

    Monday, October 12th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Monday, October 12th, 2020 2:00pm
    First United Methodist Church - Scottsbluff
    2002 4th Avenue
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    Pastor Craig Collins
  • Interment

    Fairview Cemetery
    4109 5th Avenue
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Ed O’Bryan

Posted at 04:59pm
My sincere condolences to the Hara family. Your parents always treated me so well. I sit with them at the kitchen table many times talking about gardening and many other topics. They were so gracious! Your father, he was one of my most remembered individuals from Scottsbluff and a good friend. May God bless you all.

Alice Reuter

Posted at 02:52pm
To Fred's family,
The Monument Iris Club will greatly miss Fred. He was remarkable - so friendly, knowledgable, and always willing to pitch in and help with whatever needed to be done.

With Sympathy,
Alice Reuter

Deb Aschenbrenner

Posted at 12:57pm
When I was hired at Haig, Fred was on the school board. What a sweet man. I got to know him while I was there, and thru the years at the Iris Show. He never failed to have a smile for me. Later, when I retired from teaching, I needed some documentation that I had taught at a Haig. He was happy to write a letter for me. I always enjoyed running into him and your mom. My thoughts are with your family at this difficult time. He was a special guy. Sincerely, Deb Tagler Aschenbrenner

Posted at 12:19pm
I have known Fred thru bowling, gardening and his work in saving the Japanese Hall. I considered him to be not only a friend but a great person. He has been instrumental in preserving the Japanese Hall and telling the story of the settlement of the Japanese Americans in the area. My only regret is he will not see the project completed. In his memory we plan to give a donation to the Japanese Hall fund at Legacy of the Plains. My wife and I regret that we will not be able to come to his service, but due to the pandemic we feel best to stay away from large crowds. Best wishes to his family and friends.
Don And Meredyth Gentry.

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