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Robert J. Hardy


Robert J. Hardy


Robert J. Hardy, 82, of Nauvoo, died on July 5, 2009 at his home in Nauvoo.

He was born on October 20, 1926 in Carthage, the youngest son of Walter J. Hardy and Ruby McCallister Hardy.

He was survived by his wife Rosemary Williams Hardy of Nauvoo. They were married on December 24, 1952 in Keokuk, Iowa and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2002.

He is also survived by his son, Douglas Hardy and wife Sandy, San Diego, Calif.; two grandsons, Christopher Hardy, Newport Beach, Calif., and Robert D. Hardy, San Diego, Calif.; daughter-in-law Linda Nielson Hardy, Nauvoo; two grand-daughters, Crailin Hardy, Chicago, and Alanda Hardy Brewer and husband Kevin, Nauvoo; one great-grand-daughter, Madison Brewer, Nauvoo, and one great-grandson, Kaiden Brewer, Nauvoo.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Walter Hardy, Jr.; sister Virginia Hardy Gronewald and son Craig Hardy.

Bob Hardy attended Carthage High School graduating in 1944, participating in football and basketball, and was named all-conference in both sports. In support of WWII, he entered the Navy in 1944 serving aboard the LST 1070, and the USS Rizzi Destroyer escort, where he earned the European African Combat Ribbon. He was honorably discharged in July 1946.

Bob entered Carthage College in 1946 and graduated in 1950. He was All-Conference in football his Senior year at Carthage College, and was voted the MVP by teammates leading the team in scoring. He was hired to teach and coach at Nauvoo High School in 1950. His basketball record in seven years with Nauvoo was 119-56 (W-L). His Nauvoo team won the Hancock County tournament in 1955. In 1957, he and his family moved to Hamilton, where he coached football and basketball with a record in five years with Hamilton of 85-40 (W-L). He taught at Hamilton for 29 years retiring in 1986 with 36 years of teaching.

During his summers while teaching and long after retirement, Bob painted homes and businesses in Nauvoo and the surrounding communities. During most of the 70s he also farmed his Dad’s 160 acre farm Southeast of Carthage. He loved sports and could be seen hitting flies, pitching batting practice, playing golf. Bob Hardy was a member and Elder in the Community of Christ Church in Nauvoo, serving in various capacities, including Pastor for 17 years. He spent his lifetime in the communities where he was born and grew up, and was a great example for those communities, as a veteran, a coach, a teacher, a minister, a husband, a father, a grandfather and a great grandfather.

Funeral services will be held at the Community of Christ Church in Nauvoo.

Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. at the church on Friday, July 10. The Celebration of Life service will be held at 10 a.m. at the church on Saturday, July 11 with Lee Ourth officiating.

Graveside service will be held at the Harmony Township Cemetery located 5 miles southeast of Carthage with a military flag presentation will be held immediately following the visitation.

Donations can be made to the "Robert J. Hardy Memorial Fund" C/O Lamporte - St. Clair Funeral Homes P.O. Box 32 Hamilton, IL 62341. Proceeds will go to the fight against prostate cancer.

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Lamporte - St. Clair Funeral Home of Nauvoo in charge of arrangements.

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