Other Notable Deaths


October 09, 2007


Public TV show panelist

John Furrer, a longtime panelist on the program Backyard Farmer on Nebraska public television, died Wednesday in Lincoln, Neb., said his wife, Ferne Furrer.

Mr. Furrer, an agronomist with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Cooperative Extension Service, was a panelist on Backyard Farmer for 33 years.

He served in the Army in World War II and was awarded the Bronze Star and Combat Infantry Badge for his service in the 10th Mountain Division.

Backyard Farmer has aired for more than 50 years. It features a panel of gardening experts who answer viewers' questions about insects and disease, turf, fruits and vegetables, landscape design and general horticulture topics.

KENNETH R. HARDING, 93 House sergeant at arms

Kenneth R. Harding, the 32nd sergeant at arms for the U.S. House of Representatives, died of pneumonia Wednesday in Miami, said his son Victor Harding.

Mr. Harding worked on Capitol Hill for more than 30 years.

He served as sergeant at arms from Oct. 1, 1972, to Feb. 29, 1980. The sergeant at arms is the House's main law enforcement official and enforces protocol and decorum during floor proceedings.

Before that, Mr. Harding was executive director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee for 18 years.

He also served in the Navy and Air Force Reserves.

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