Robert Richard Hardy, 70, of Greenwood, Del., formerly of Frankford, Del., passed away peacefully on Monday, July 29, 2019, surrounded by his loving family, at home. He was born July 1, 1949. in Chester, Pa., son of the late John Hardy, Pearl Hardy McGowan and his stepfather, Walter McGowan.
Hardy proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, as a helicopter mechanic. He loved working on automotive equipment as he continued his career as a mechanic working for Townsend’s, Suburban Propane and, finally, Penske Trucking, before being diagnosed with ischemic heart disease in 2011, caused by Agent Orange from his service in Vietnam.
Hardy’s family worked hard together to keep him at home throughout his many strokes and seizures.
He will be forever remembered for his love of his grandchildren, fur babies and gardening.
Hardy is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Deborah (Cook) Hardy; three stepchildren, Lisa Prentice and her husband, Thomas, of Seaford, Del., Iris Einolf and her husband, Gene, of Dagsboro, Del., and Royce Purcell II and his wife, Kiley, of Houston, Del.; a son, Joseph Hardy and his wife, Katrina, of South Carolina; six grandchildren, Thomas Prentice II, Matthew Ludwig, Ashley Woolford and her husband, Corey, Tyler Ludwig, Kayla Kriner and Royce Purcell III; four great-grandchildren, Serenity, C.J., Braelynn and Jay Jr.; his two favorite aunts, Florence and Tootsie of Pennsylvania; best friend, Harry Howard of Edison, Tenn.; and all his other family and friends; as well as his “fur babies.”
A committal service with military honors will be held Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, at 1 p.m. at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, Del. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to Brandywine Valley SPCA (www.bvspca.org), which serves Sussex County. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.