Unity, Baker County, Oregon

Joe Hardy, 73, a former Baker County resident, died May 21, 2006, at Grande Ronde Hospital in La Grande.

Mass of Christian burial was today at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in La Grande. Loveland Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Hardy was born on Jan. 10, 1933, at Baker City to Robert Morgan and Grace Whited Hardy. He attended school in Unity, and he graduated from high school in North Powder. He served in the U.S. Navy for four years, returning to Unity in 1955, where he worked in the mill.

With a friend, he applied to the Oregon State Police in 1957. He started his State Police career in Baker City, transferring to La Grande in May 1957.

Mr. Hardy married Florence Winburn on Nov. 26, 1957, and he worked in La Grande for his entire career.

He is survived by his wife, Florence, of La Grande; his mother-in-law, Lena Marshall; two brothers and their spouses, George and JoAnne Hardy of Unity, and Everett and Judy Winburn of Billings, Mont.; sisters, Darlene Herron of La Grande, and Dolores Adams and her husband, Gary, of Ontario; plus numerous beloved nieces, nephews and friends.

Mr. Hardy was preceded in death by his father and mother.

Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, May 26, 2006
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor