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Dennis Mallorey Hardy, 75, passed away on December 14th, 2020 peacefully at his daughter’s home in Independence, Missouri. He was married to the love of his life, Lori Hardy, of 43 years. He was proceeded in death last year, which left him broken-hearted.
Dennis was born October 18, 1945 in St. Paul, Minnesota. He was the son of the late Donald and Eunice Hardy. Our loving father was a Veteran of the United States Air Force and served proudly during the Viet Nam conflict. He worked for ATK (formally Morton Thiokol) as an engineer for several years.
Dad was an avid Jeep enthusiast who could be found every Spring and Summer rock climbing the magnificent red rocks of Moab, Utah. He has always had a strong passion for music and loved playing his many electric guitars. Dad also enjoyed strapping on his leathers and riding his Harley Davidson with his little brother Lanny, along with other family and friends.
Our loving father was hardly seen without his hat or oversized sunglasses. He enjoyed bargain shopping the local retail stores for the best deal possible and in his words, “Because I choose to”. He loved visits from his grandchildren and great grandchildren and always had a popsicle or sweet treat stashed away to greet them with. He was known for having long meaningful conversations and loved to tease and make jokes just to try to get a rise out of you.
Dennis is survived by his brother Lanny Hardy, daughter Debbie (David) Jeppsen, daughter Jeanette James (partner Dave Marble), daughter Kimberly (John) Best, son Charlie (Leiana) Hardy, daughter Julia (Paul) Durno, daughter Wendi (Stuart) Smith, daughter Becky (Josh) Kahananui, and son Joshua (Amber) Hardy. He is also survived by many wonderful grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Brother/Dad/Grandpa, you will forever be in our hearts and memories. We love you so much and you will be greatly missed. Give Mom a huge hug from us all!
In honoring our dad’s request, there will not be funeral services. A Celebration of Life will be forthcoming. In lieu of flowers, the family has set up a trust fund that is established at City Credit Union in the name “Dennis M. Hardy Trust”. Donations can be mailed to: 2550 S. State Route 291 Independence, MO 64057 or by phone at 816-252-2415. Venmo @TheDennisM-HardyTrust