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Leonard Charles Hardy

12/25/1935 - 07/17/2018

Leonard Charles Hardy (Uncle Lenny) died on July 17, 2018 while working with his machine (Mustang). He loved to work in the dirt. He literally left this world doing what he loved and “With His Boots On”! A Celebration of Life Service will be held Friday, July 27, 2018 at the Nashwauk Alliance Church at 1 pm. Visitation will be at the church on Thursday, July 26, 2018 from 6pm – 8pm and on Friday, July 27, 2018 at noon. Pastor Diane Bolles will officiate. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Hibbing.

Leonard was born December 25, 1935 to Charles and Evelyn Hardy in Pine River, MN. He was brought home in a shoe box weighing a little over 2 lbs, not expected to survive. He thrived and lived a long life. Leonard was a graduate of Nashwauk High School, Class of 1954.

Leonard married his sweetheart, Marlene Salminen, on April 21, 1956. Together they had 3 children. He served 22 years In the Army National Guard as a member of the 47th Aviation Battalion. He also was employed by Univac Corp. for 20 years.

Leonard not only served his country, he was also actively involved in the community. He was a Boy Scout Master & Troop Leader, ATV Instructor, a member of the American Legion, the Nashwauk United Methodist Church, the Draft Horse Association and several AA Chapters.

He celebrated 43 years of sobriety with AA and was very dedicated to sponsoring and mentoring others in their struggles with addiction.

Leonard was a man who loved to help others, give words of wisdom and hugs. He walked through life with a smile on his face and a pocket full of candy to share with anyone that crossed his path.

Leonard was preceded in death by his wife, Marlene Hardy; daughter, Ellen Anderson; and parents, Charles and Evelyn Hardy.

Leonard is survived by his sons, Charles (Debra) Hardy of St. Paul, David (Laurie) Hardy of Nashwauk; sister, Elsie (Arnold) Yuhala of Nashwauk; 15 grandchildren (some referring to him as “Funny Grandpa”); 2 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

9 thoughts on “Leonard Charles Hardy”

  1. Georgina Bergan Shumway says:

    My deepest sympathies. As a classmate of Leonard’s, and visits with him when in Nashwauk on the Fourth. I enjoyed his enthusiasm and wit. Our Class of ’54 was a fun loving group and Leonard contributed much to our whole.

  2. Gary Liubakka says:

    I considered Len as. A good friend, and worked with him on several projects. He was one of a few non employees who attended the Great Northern IRon Ore Properties Christmas dinner , and looked forward to it . He will be missed.

  3. Keith says:

    Cathy and I were so shocked and saddened to hear of Len’s passing. We always looked forward to seeing Len at various ATV events and spending a lot of time with him. His smile was infectious, and his laugh could be heard across a parking lot, or through the forest. We will forever remember Len as a go getter, and a compassionate friend that truly cared about us and we truly cared about Len.
    All of us at Arctic Cat that had the privilege of knowing Len are thinking about Len and his family, not only now, but forever.

    Keith and Cathy Myers

  4. HAL GALLUS says:

    he was a grate person.

  5. Ron Potter says:

    Len was a great friend and inspiration and I am thankful our paths were allowed to cross. Len always had a smile on his face, a kind word for you, a hardy hand shake, a hug if you are a girl and you parted a better person with a positive outlook for the remainder of your day. “Can’t do” or “can’t be done”, wasn’t in his vocabulary, is was just an opportunity. The world is a better place because Len was here, I know mine is.

    My sincere sympathy to family and friends of Len, we have lost a great, caring person, family member, friend and leader.

    Ron and Gwen Potter

  6. Amy and Louis says:

    Len’s hugs were always heartfelt…whether it was because he was so happy to see you or sharing in your sadness either way, they were greatly appreciated. The hug was followed by a piece of ‘butterscotch’ candy – as he knew they were my favorite. He said he always saved one, just in case he would see me, he was just a thoughtful person! Len was full of compassion and joy and so much more. Our shining light here now shines above us – good for you Len, you so deserve this!

    My condolences to Len’s family and friends.
    I am forwarding one of Len’s ‘big hugs’ to each one of you – God Bless you.

  7. Melissa Johnson says:

    I had the honor of meeting Len one day as he stopped by my work, over the past 10 years he blessed me with many visits and brought me goodies and treats with many hugs! I will always be blessed for knowing him and calling him a dear friend. He will be greatly missed. My sincere condolences to Len’s family and friends!

  8. Michael & Dina Nelson says:

    Our deepest condolences to the Hardy family!! Losing someone is always hard but unexpectedly is 100 fold worse.

    Michael & Dina Nelson
    Hinckley. MN

  9. Connie Kotonias says:

    Len had a big heart and he loved people. Always willing to give a hand and help to make things better for others. He will be missed!
    Connie and Micky

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July 27, 2018 at 1:00 PM
Nashwauk Alliance Church, 825 1st Street, Nashwauk, MN, USA

Visitation begins at 6-8 pm on Thursday and at 12:00 p.m. Friday