Laverne H. HardyFebruary 9, 1927 ~ August 27, 2017 (age 90)
Laverne Henry "Hank" Hardy joined our Lord’s kingdom on Sunday, August 27, 2017 in Salinas, CA. Our Dad was gardening when he suddenly collapsed. He never regained consciousness and died later that night surrounded by the love of family.
He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, workout partner, gardening partner and a great friend to many!
He spent the last 17 years of his life enjoying life’s bounty, traveling, gardening, working out at the YMCA and enjoying California sunshine with his soulmate, Ann.
Born February 9, 1927 in Tonawanda, New York, Laverne was the only child of Henry William and Emma Marie (Helwig) Hardy.
During WWII he served in the Navy, as a Electronics Technician, Chief Petty Officer 3rd Class.
Hank earned a BS in Physics at Cornell University and his Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Buffalo State University.
He was a scientist and teacher. His work included the development of the first color televisions and electrical resistors, receiving several patents for his efforts. Laverne taught Electrical and Mechanical Engineering at Niagara Community College, Penn State University and the Lewisburg, PA, Federal Prison. He retired as Associate Professor of Engineering Technology at Western Kentucky University.
Hank was a Boy Scouts leader. He was a member of the IEEE, the SAE, the ACS, Phi Sigma Kappa, American Legion, VFW, Elks, the Masons, and the Order of the Eastern Star.
Laverne was preceded in death by his first wife, of 48 years, Rosemary Hilferding Hardy, and granddaughter Ashley May. He is survived by his second wife, Ann C. Dorman-Hardy of Salinas, CA; his children, Stephen (Jennifer) Hardy of Salinas, CA, David (Edith) Hardy, Major, Retired of North East, MD, Susan (Daniel) Faller of Bowling Green, KY, Mariellen (Richard) Pfeil of Bowie, MD, and Paul (Melissa) Hardy of Rochester Hills, MI. He was blessed with 8 granddaughters, 5 grandsons, and 5 great grandchildren.
A family service will be held at Elmlawn Memorial Park, Town of Tonawanda, New York.