Warren Deyoe Hardy

Warren Deyoe Hardy, age 95, passed peacefully at his home with his daughter, Lucinda Hardy, at his side, on December 9, 2010. A resident of Ashland, Ore., he had also lived in Medford and Grants Pass in the previous twenty-two years since losing his wife, Elaine.

Warren Hardy was born in El Reno, Okl., on September 1, 1915. He moved shortly thereafter with his parents, Joseph and Eff, and his younger sister, Geraldine, to Soda Springs, Idaho. His family later moved to Blackfoot, Idaho, where he graduated from high school.

He graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in mechanical engineering in 1938. He worked for Lockheed Aircraft Coropration in Calif. following graduation from college.

In 1940, he joined the U.S. Navy and attended Northwestern University, where he was commissioned an ensign. Warren was promoted to lieutenant commander and graduated from Advanced Mine School in Washington D.C., on December 1, 1941 - six days before Pearl Harbor. He served as a mine disposal officer for a year in the Mediterranean and for four years in the South Pacific.

After being honorably discharged from the Navy, Warren relocated to Pocatello, Idaho, and began his self-employment. He established Hardy Coal Company in 1947, and operated this successful business until his retirement in 1975.

He married Elaine Cording in 1948. After his retirement, he and Elaine moved to the home they designed and built, thirty miles outside of Yellowstone Park. During winters they traveled in their recreation vehicle, until her death in 1988.

Warren in survived by his daughters, Rebecca Hardy (David VanHemmert) of Paris, Maine, and Lucinda Hardy (Tim Church) of Ashland, Ore.

Memorial donations can be made to the Meals on Wheels program, "Food and Friends", at PO Box 3275, Central Point, OR 97502.