Robert John “Jack” Hardy, 77, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family November 3, 2017 at 9:15am. Jack was born to Alma Mae Eaton and Robert Franklin Hardy, on a kitchen table in Flat Top, WY, on November 28, 1939 on a cattle drive to the LO ranch in Montana. Interesting side note, go to the Range Riders Museum in Miles City Mt and check out the Diorama and verbal history of the LO ranch to understand where he used to run around as a child. Robinsons and Eatons helped with the trail drive moving horses, cattle and sheep.
Jack spent the better part of his first months in a shoebox. He was extremely premature and fragile. Jack was named after his father Robert Hardy and his Uncle John “Jack” Eaton. He was raised in multiple places including but not limited to Montana and Seattle, Washington. Jack was a hard worker that worked the ranch alongside his dad starting around the age of 10. He lived part of the year with his father and part of it with his mother and attended school at Riverview and the LO School. Jack attended roughly 2 years of high school and finally achieved his GED when forced into it by an employer. He couldn’t understand how having a GED could make him weld any better.
Jack proudly served in the United States Army as an Auto Weapons crewman. He talked about how he loved to fire off the Howitzer guns and the thrill of watching the tracers from a .50 Cal machine gun. Jack worked a lot of different career lines from Ranch Hand, working for Don Oschner at Ochsner’s chicken ranch, bowling alley, attendant at gas stations, oil field, mechanic and welder. He always taught all of us “If you cannot do it right the first time how are you going to find time to do it the second time”
On January 26, 1963, he was united in marriage to Barbara Ann Willson in Miles City. They lived on the ranch southeast of Miles City on the Mizpah for twenty years. They moved to Wyoming where Jack worked in the oil fields and Barb was a waitress. They moved back to Miles City in 1987. They had four children: Wes, born in December of 1964, D’Ona in September of 1969, Wade in November 1970, and adopted Destiny in 1978. Since Barb’s passing in 2006, Jack has been loved and cared for by his son, Wes, and daughter-in-law Marjy.
Jack enjoyed playing pool, riding motorcycles, welding, being with his family and grandkids, and he gave the best “squeezes”.
He was preceded in death by his beloved Barbara, son Wade, brothers Kenneth “Buck”, Paul, and James in infancy, and sister June. Jack leaves behind his legacy in his children Wes (Marjy), D’Ona (Scott), and Destiny (Levi), grandchildren Paul, Wesleigh (Timothy), Robbie, Charlee (Jeff), Kenneth (Marrisa), Matthew (Bailey), Peter (Jaylee), Robert, Wes, Marie (Charlie), Zane, Ashley, Jolene, Journey, and Quest, and great grandchildren Konnor, Ethan, Ava, Georgia, Mason, Kaden, Evan, Kallen, Kyzer, Kohen, Aubrie, Aaliyah, Khyl, Kinsey, Krystal, Brylie, Cole, Haven, Nevaeh, Gregory, Kyle, CJ, Joseph, and two on the way, and his sisters Anna Rae (Doug), JoAnne (Dan), and Pansy. Also survived by his brother-in-law’s Jim Willson (Annalise), Dave (Darcy) Willson, and Norm (Laura Jane) Willson and numerous nieces and nephews.
He gave his all and asked for nothing.