Richard Hardy, Navy commander, GE employee

By on August 15, 2012

Richard Hardy, commander, U.S. Navy retired, died Friday, Aug. 10, 2012 in Lebanon.

He was born in Richard City, Tenn., on Aug. 29, 1922, the son of Charles Edson and Marion Faville Hardy. Mr. Hardy was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, the former Phyllis Kratz, of Allentown, whom he married on May 16, 1945.

Mr. Hardy attended schools in Richard City and Bethlehem. He graduated from Liberty High School in Bethlehem in 1940. He attended Lehigh University and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1944, in the accelerated class of 1945. He served on the USS New Jersey in the Pacific during the last year of World War II and in Naval Air fighter squadrons on the USS Kearsarge in Korea, the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt and the USS Randolph.

After resigning from the Navy in 1955 he was employed by the Minneapolis Honeywell Corporation in Minneapolis, Minn., from 1955 to 1957, and by the General Electric Company in Pittsfield, Mass., from 1957 to 1986. In Lenox, where he lived until 1988, Mr. Hardy served on the Finance Committee, the Waste Treatment Plant Building Committee, the Kiwanis Club and the United Way of Berkshire County.

He is survived by three daughters: Andrea Gustafson, of Katy, Texas; Paula Howell, of Alpharetta, Ga.; and Carla Dowd, of Lebanon; two sons: Thomas R. Hardy, of Waltham, Mass.; David R. Hardy, of Waccabuc, N.Y,; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be held at Pleasantview Retirement Community in Manheim on Aug. 27 at 10 a.m. In addition, a graveside service will be held in Lenox, Mass., at a date to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in memory of Richard Hardy to the Pleasantview Retirement Community, 544 N. Penryn Road, Manheim, PA 17545.

Paul L. Gravenor Home For Funerals Inc., is in charge of the arrangements. To offer condolences, visit

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