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Add 'Jack' Hardy Jr.

Born: Mon., May 28, 1928
Died: Sat., Nov. 2, 2019


5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Sat., Nov. 16, 2019
Location: Gaydos Funeral Home

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Sun., Nov. 17, 2019
Location: Gaydos Funeral Home

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Add “Jack” Hardy Jr. died on November 2nd, at the age of 91, at his home in Naples, Florida with members of his family by his side after a long illness.  Add   was born in Dehue, West Virginia a coal mining town on 28 May 1928.  Add grew up in rural Lewis County, Kentucky.

Add was the third of 4 sons born to Myrtle Esham Hardy and Addison Hardy of Lewis County.  He attended the United Methodist Church and was a 32nd degree Master mason of the Grand Lodge of Kentucky, for which he was very proud.  Add left Lewis County High School at the age of 17 to join the US Navy. During WWll, he served in the pacific fleet aboard the USS Estees as a seaman 2nd Class serving in the China area of operations where he received the Navy’s Combat Action Ribbon. After the war Add return to Lewis County, finished high school and enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served in Germany during the occupation, later completing Glider training as a member of the last graduating class. When North Korea invaded South Korea Adds unit, A Company 65th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division was deployed and participated in one of the most epic battles in US military history, The Battle of Chosen Reservoir.  After Korea, he returned home and transferred to the U.S. Army Reserve, completed Airborne school and became Special Forces Qualified. Add moved to Columbus Ohio, attended night school earning a degree in Engineering and was hired by North American Rockwell were he retired after over 30 years.

Add enjoyed his life, he had many stories of growing up in rural Lewis County. If he were here today he would want to thank some of those that made his life whole. At the top of the list is family and close survivors, the most important, is Wilma, she was always the love of his life and lifelong best friend, they suffered through the worst of times and best of times together, always side by side -

Left to cherish his memories is his wife of 70 years Wilma Burton Hardy whom he eloped with and married on January 7, 1949 (Her mother was not happy).

Five children- Jackie Mae (Karl) France of Venice, Florida;  Steven Add (Jody) Hardy of Franktown, Colorado. Rebecca Lee(John) Schlanger of Sugar Grove, Ohio; Diane (Todd) Gallion of Whitehall, Ohio and Michael Douglas (Kathy) Hardy of Portland, Oregon.  His granddaughter Vanessa, of Naples Florida who grew up in their home. Brother- Douglas Hardy of Freeport, Florida, half-sister- Patty Toller of Vanceburg, KY; and a half-brother- Glenn of Pickering, Ohio.  Add and Wilma have 10 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

Preceded in death beside his parents were two brothers- Leon and Bruce Hardy and sister- Joyce.

Visitation will be Saturday November 16th 2019 from 5-7 pm at the Gaydos funeral home 159 2nd Street Vanceburg, KY. 41179

Funeral services will be held Sunday November 17th, 2019 at 2:00 pm at the Gaydos Funeral Home with Pastor Bob Sweeney officiating.  Burial will follow in Lewis County memory Gardens Black Oak, KY.

Military graveside rites will be accorded by the V.F.W. Post 5438 Monte Lewis Stamm Vanceburg, KY.

Request Donations be made in lieu of flowers to the Wounded Warrior Foundation, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, Florida 32256 or the Schriners Hospital for Children, 2900 N. Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, Florida 33607, in memory of Add Hardy Jr.


Condolences can be sent to the family at www.gaydosfh.com





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Glenda Bloomfield
   Posted Sun November 10, 2019
Hi Wilma, so sorry to hear of Jack's death. I often thought of you two and missed you at church. I hope you are physically well. In our Veteran's program at church today they mentioned Jack. That's how I found out. I will be praying for you and your family. Love you, Glenda Bloomfield

Dr. Gary & Michelle McCoy
   Posted Tue November 19, 2019
To the Hardy family,
Our deepest condolences for the loss of Mr. Add. He was without a doubt one of the kindest people We have ever had the privilege of knowing. We certainly are honored that Mr. Add came into our lives and we will always remember him.

charlie & Judy Hester Thompson
   Posted Tue November 19, 2019
Sympathy & Prayers for all the family. God Bless