My family and I would like to thank you and the rest of the Class of 1961 for
your words of prayer and support for my father, Mony Harden, during his
illness. My mom Donna and I read these messages to him in the hospital, and he
gave us positive reactions when we did that.
Unfortunately, I am sad to
report that he lost his fight late Saturday night and joined Long Gray Line in
ghostly assemblage. His family was at his bedside, and while we grieve, we know
he is at peace now.
I must apologize for giving an incorrect email
address for my mom, Donna Harden, in my earlier request for prayers. Her email
address is email@example.com . I improperly said it was .com
His service will be held at 10:00 AM Central Time on Monday,
March 27th, at the Shannon Funeral Chapel at 6001 Rufe Snow Drive, Fort Worth,
TX, 76148. Inurnment will follow at noon at the Dallas Fort Worth National
Cemetery. While flowers are welcome, anyone interested in expressing their
condolences and support can make a contribution in Dad's name to the Class of
1961 class fund.
Monroe Harden Jr
Company E-2, class of 1984
1937 - 2006
Harden, 68, passed away Saturday, March 18, 2006.
Funeral: 10 a.m. Monday, March 27, at Shannon Rufe Snow Funeral Chapel.
Worth National Cemetery.
Harden was born in Oklahoma City,
the son of William and Mary Harden. A West Point graduate, he retired from the Army in 1979
after 24 years of service, including tours in Vietnam and
Korea. Mony taught math at TCU after his retirement. He was a lifelong stamp
collector and student of postal history.
His wife of 33 years, Donna Harden; his children, Monroe Jr., Randy, Julie and
Amanda; and grandchildren, Joshua, Zachary, William, Kylee, Matthew and
Published in the Star-Telegram on
Class Memorial Pages\A-2 Mony Harden.pdf
Howie DeWitt (Company E-2) and Al Hokins (Company H-2) attended the service at the
Click here to view pictures taken by Al Hokins during the Honors Ceremony at the DFW National Cemetery.
Assembly/Taps Memorial Article:
Monroe Bailey "Mony" Harden
as one who put others ahead of
himself, freely gave of his knowledge and
experience, supported his comrades in arms,
treasured the friendships he made, and held
as his guiding principles truth and honor.
Mony was a mentor throughout his life from
a fellow new Cadet struggling through
Beast, to his students away from home for
the first time, to his children, to young parents
with the baby blues, to those trying to
cope with catastrophic illness.
Mony was born on 24 Jun 1937 in
Oklahoma City, OK, to Mary and William
Henry Harden. He frequently spent time
with his grandparents during World War II
while his father served his country and his
mother worked. As a youngster, he delivered
newspapers and was active in scouting, attaining
the rank of Eagle Scout. He began
stamp collecting, which turned into a lifelong
hobby. Mony graduated from Central
High School in Oklahoma City in 1955
and enlisted in the Army with the hope of
gaining an appointment to West Point. He
received that appointment, attended the U.S.
Military Academy Preparatory School for a
year, and entered the Academy in 1957.
At West Point, Mony supported the
Cadet Chapel Choir with his resounding
voice and upon graduation was commissioned
in the Artillery branch. In December
1961 he married Carolee Anderson, and to
this happy union were born Monroe in 1962
(USMA 1984) and Randy in 1963.
Mony was assigned to Air Defense
Artillery units in Texas and Maine, 1962-66
and in Korea, 1978; to the Field Artillery
in Viet Nam, 1967-68; to graduate school at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy,
NY; and to the Mathematics Department at
West Point, 1970-73. While at West Point,
his wife Carol became ill. Through this very
difficult time, Mony continued to teach, care
for Carol at home, and spend time doing
guy things with Monroe and Randy. Carol
lost her battle with cancer in February 1972.
Subsequently, Mony and Donna became
friends. That friendship deepened into love,
and they married in late 1972. To this union
was born Julie in 1974 and Amanda in 1981.
Following an assignment to the North
American Air Defense Command in
Colorado, Mony retired from the Army in
1979. Donna's career took the family to Fort
Worth, TX, and Mony began teaching at
Texas Christian University. His students ex,-
perienced firsthand his unique ability to take
what wasn't the clearest question, understand
what it was the student was really asking, and
respond in such a way that the mysterious
concept suddenly became quite clear.
He continued stamp collecting, exhibiting
in multiple stamp expositions and winning
numerous medals and awards. He was
recognized by other philatelists as an expert
in 19th century stamps, in particular the
"Banknote Issues" and the "Officials."
With each passing year, Mony's pride
in his children increased. Monroe followed
his father's footsteps into West Point and
on to a military career. He married Joyce
Lee, becoming stepfather to Matthew and
Andrew, and is now retired. Randy joined
the Marines, attaining the rank of Master
Gunnery Sergeant. He is married to Lisa
Kapke and has two sons, Zach and Josh.
Julie completed her degree in Social Work,
married Joseph Atkinson, and has a son
William. Amanda married Scott Kozloski,
and they have a daughter Kylee.
Mony's sons remember him spending
every possible moment with Carol when she
was ill, yet managing to take care of them.
In that difficult period, Mony made time to
encourage the boys' Little League participation,
get them to practices and help with
coaching the games. They remember their
father's strength. He showed the boys that a strong man could cry, and it was
okay. They recall that Mony never panicked-even during the challenging
experience of teaching them to drive. They remember that he never let them down
and was always there when they asked for advice-be it on career issues or life
The girls' memories are of a time in Mony's life
after his military career. They, too, recall Mony always being there for them
and encouraging them in their endeavors. Both girls were active in marching
band, and Mony and Donna attended their home football games, band and solo
competitions, and school performances. They remember their father always taking
time to help with their studies, teaching them the steps to reach the answer.
They learned by Mony's example how a good husband treated his family.
All of us clearly recall the emphasis Mony placed
on truthfulness. Lying was simply not tolerated, and each learned that it was
far better to tell the truth, even if the consequences weren't pleasant, than to
tell a lie.
A favorite family memory is of Mony's passion for
outdoor cooking, no matter the season. They can still see him turning steaks on
the grill with one hand, while holding an umbrella with the other to keep off
Donna remembers the love, laughter and tears shared
over their 33 years together. She chuckles when she remembers the remarks some
would make about children whose ages spanned 20 years and Mony's response that
there were so many generation gaps in our family that it was a wonder anyone of
us spoke to the others. She looks with pride on the blended family she and Mony
successfully created. Donna and Mony always tried to contribute at least 60% to
their partnership, a formula that seems to have worked. Time never changed that.
Mony passed from this earth on 18 Mar 2006, with
his wife and all his children at his side. He was laid to rest with full
military honors at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. His plaque bears the
three words that sum up the priorities in his life: Duty, Honor, Country.
-Donna Harden, wift and Monroe's children
TAPS JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2009