|Robert Darrell (Davis) Hardy, age 84, died Thursday, November 5, 2009 at Seminary Manor in Galesburg, Illinois.
Mr. Hardy was born September 2, 1925 near Carthage, Illinois. He was the son of George and Iona Davis and stepson of Clarence Hardy. He married twice. Once to Mary Carlene Schullian in 1950 and Ada Powless in 1960.
Mr. Hardy was a member of the Illinois Plumbers and Pipe fitters Union for 64 years, American Legion for 65 years. Mr. Hardy was the owner and operator of Hardy Farm Tiling.
Mr. Hardy was raised and educated in the Bentley community. He later moved to the Golden and Colusa communities. In 1944 he entered the Navy and served in the South Pacific aboard the Battleship Mississippi BB41. He was a Pipe welder, Steamfitter, and farmer for many years before becoming the owner and operator of Hardy Farm Tiling.
After retiring Mr. Hardy moved to a house on the Mississippi River near Gladstone, Illinois. For many years he and his wife, Ada, wintered in South Padre Island, Texas.
Survivors include two daughters, Janet (Tom) Knapp of St. Louis Co., Missouri and Judith Schmidt of Troy, Missouri; one daughter-in-law, Dee (Curtis) Powless of Divernon, Illinois; one sister, Betty Hardy of Carthage, Illinois; one brother-in-law, Gene (Marjorie) Thurman; two sister-in-laws Doris Dopp and Violet Allen; six grandchildren; Christine Knapp, Michelle Spiker, Dawn Powless, Tina (Powless) Watson, Barbara Powless, and JoAnn (Powless) Harvey; four great-grandchildren; James Curtis Powless; Kaleb Anthony Spiker, Joseph Robert and Phoebe Elizabeth Harvey. He will be missed by nieces, nephews and good friends: Fred and Bobby Clark, Jan and Wayne Baker, and Pat Dunn.
He was preceded in death by Mother, Father, Stepfather; brother Harold Ray, two sisters Maxine (Bob) Gannon and Marjorie (Gene) Thurman; wife Ada and stepson Curtis Powless.
Mr. Hardy was much loved and will be greatly missed by family, friends and neighbors. He leaves them with many fond memories.
Services will be held at Corman Memorial Home in Roseville at 11:00 am on Saturday, November 14, 2009 with Pastor Michael Mayfield officiating. Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 PM Friday, November 13, 2009 at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to OSF Hospice. Please sign the guestbook at www.cormanmh.com.