LeRoy Edward Harty

March 5, 1921 - February 2, 2013

LeRoy Edward Hardy, 91, Sturgis, died Saturday, February 2, 2013 at the Sturgis Regional Health Care Center.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at the First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis, with Pastor Denzel Nonhof officiating. Burial followed at the Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.
A memorial has been established to the First Presbyterian Church and the Western Dakota Antique Club.
LeRoy was born March 5, 1921 at Sturgis, to Roy Ellsworth and Ruth Elaine (Casteel) Hardy. He grew up on the family farm and attended North Middle Alkali School. After graduating from Sturgis High School he returned to the family farm to help his father.
LeRoy married Laila "Virginia" Wilkinson at Sturgis on December 18, 1945.
LeRoy worked for the John Deere Implement where he assembled farm equipment. During the spring and summer he worked for the Agriculture Stabilization Conservation Service. He also worked for Farmers Union Insurance as an agent from 1955 until 1967. He also worked as a fieldman and lobbyist for Farmers Union. He managed the State Fair booth for 18 years.
After retiring from Farmers Union in 1984 he enjoyed photography, growing roses, gardening, hunting deer for 40 years and fishing.
LeRoy was a member of the First Presbyterian Church where he served as a deacon and on the board of elders.
Survivors include his daughters, Cheryl (Rod) Renner, Wall, Phyllis (Fred) Venners, Plano, TX, Marcia Hardy and her partner Roy Mogharabi, Beaumont, CA, and Linda Paulson, Buffalo, SD; step-brother, Richard Todd; step-sister, Coral Etta Todd Stevens; special friend, Freda Wilson; also 7 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Virginia; sisters, Edna Kettelson and Delores Beehler; one brother, Glen Hardy; one step-brother, Robert Todd; and one grandson, Forrest Paulson.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kinkadefunerals. com.