Donald Wray Hardy
Donald Wray Hardy, 83 of New London, Mo., passed away at 1:24 p.m. Friday, March 24, 2017, at his home.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at the James O’Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal, Missouri. Fr. Mike Quinn and Pastor Roger Carter will officiate. Burial will be at Grand View Burial Park in Hannibal.
Friends and family are invited to Don’s Life Celebration at a visitation that will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at the funeral home.
Don was born on August 25, 1933, in Hannibal, to Wray Ernest and Frances Juanita Magee Hardy.
He was married to Patsy Marie Dyke for 46 years. She preceded him in death in 2000.
Survivors include Don’s longtime companion, Sharon Laser; four children, Dana Carter (Roger), Mike Hardy (Tina), Steve Hardy (Benita), and Karen Hickman (Tim); one sister, Pat Hardy; nine grandchildren, Heather Hammontree, Stephanie Conrad, Christina Carter, Tiffany Hardy, Breanne Milroy, Matthew Hardy, Austin Hardy, Christopher Hickman, and Anna Hickman; eight great-grandchildren, Abigail, Caleb, Kynlee, Jacob, Don Korbyn, Ella, Gideon and Leoni. Also surviving are nieces and nephews.
Don was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Dale Hardy; and one grandson, Zachary Don Hardy.
Don was a retired electrician and member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 350. He served as past president of the I.B.E.W. Local 350. He also served on the Ralls County Electric Cooperative Board for nine years and was an active member of the New London Lions Club for many years. Don was an active Shriner working to support the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital and also participating in many parades over the years.
Don enjoyed working on the family farm outside, often taking care of his horses or tinkering with one of his tractors. Hunting quail, turkey, and pheasant and fishing were all activities that Don took pleasure in. Motorcycling and following Mizzou sports and watching old westerns were also favorites of his. He traveled
extensively throughout the United States for his work and with his family. He was active for many years coaching Khoury League Baseball and Softball.
He was a strong and compassionate man who displayed great patience. He liked to attend fish fries and ice cream socials to spend time with family and friends. Don mostly enjoyed the time he shared with family and friends.
Don was a follower of Christ and had worshipped with several area church families over the years; Holy Family Catholic Church has been his home for the past 20 years.
Honorary pallbearers will be Matthew Hardy, Austin Hardy, Christopher Hickman, Kenny Hardy, Bruce Sellars, David Sellars and Bill Tate, Jr.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital, Community Loving Care Hospice or to the American Cancer Society.
Online condolences may be made and video tribute may be viewed at www.jamesodonnellfuneralhome.com