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Obituary: Howard E. Hardy

Howard E. Hardy "Eternal Companions" Howard Ernest Hardy, our loving father, grandfather, scoutmaster, home teacher, bishop, and friend, passed away peacefully at age 92 in his home in Taylorsville, Utah September 16, 2005. He was born August 21, 1913 the first child of Ernest Verender Hardy, Jr. and Ingri Jolley Stringham Hardy in Manti, Utah. He spent most of his growing years in Manti and later Delta, where he graduated from high school before moving to Salt Lake City. While living with his family on Crandall Avenue in Salt Lake City, he met a beautiful young lady named Eunice Jane Larsen. After a loving courtship they were married August 2, 1937 in the Salt Lake Temple. After nearly 47 years of marriage, Eunice left this earth life January 6, 1984. He dedicated his life to serving his family and others. He served in many positions in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including bishop, counselor in three bishoprics, high councilor, High Priest Group leader and Elder's Quorum president. He also was a name extractor in the family history program for the last few years of his life. He has extracted approximately 90,000 names including a few that he had worked on the evening prior to his death. Perhaps his most endearing church calling was that of home teacher. His faithfulness in that assignment was demonstrated by his reporting, last week, that his September home teaching assignment had been completed. For his years of dedicated service to the scouting program, which he dearly loved, he was awarded the "Silver Beaver" by the Great Salt Lake Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He was actively involved in the Sons of Utah Pioneers. For many years he served in the East Millcreek Chapter in various leadership positions. Howard worked in the pre-cast concrete, natural marble, and granite industry more than 40 years. One of the highlights of his business career was the sale and supervision of the installation of more than 200,000 square feet of marble and granite for the Washington, D.C. Temple. The highlight of this project for him was working side by side with President Spencer W. Kimball in the setting of the temple's final cornerstone. Howard and Eunice brought five children into the world, Ronald (Marilyn), Laraine (Lawrence) Astle, Brent (Lynette), Duane (Shirley), and Grant (Connie). Their posterity includes 24 grandchildren, and 41 great-grandchildren. He is survived by his children and their families; sister, Delphia Wight, Westminster, CO; brother, Crawford R. Hardy, San Gabriel, CA; and sister-in-law, Nellie Larsen, Murray, UT. Preceded in death by his wife, parents, four brothers, one sister, and seven brothers and sisters-in-law. Funeral services will be held Wed-nesday, 12 noon, at Valley Park 5th Ward, 2603 West 4700 South. Friends and family may visit Tuesday, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at McDougal Funeral Home, 4330 South Redwood Road, and Wednesday at the church, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Interment, Elysian Burial Gardens.