Lester A. Hardy

Lester A. Hardy, 94, of Kenosha, died Sunday, June 23, 2013 at the Kenosha Hospital due to complications of hip surgery and other serious health conditions.

He was born November 18, 1918 the son of Oscar and Lora (Kite) Hardy. On January 21, 1942 Lester married Margaret Sletten and she preceded him in death on November 28, 2001, after 59 years of marriage. The couple farmed many years in Southwest Wisconsin before moving to Kenosha in 1959 when Lester started work at American Motors, retiring after 25 years. In 1984 they moved to Madison. Lester could not handle retirement so he started another career when he went to work for Leigh Builders. He truly enjoyed going to the construction job sites and being with the ‘guys' at Leigh Builders. Lester was a very special person who always had a big heart and would try to help one in need. Papa thoroughly loved his Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren.

Lester is survived by two daughters: Constance (Dennis) Leigh of Scottsdale, AZ, JoAnn (Michael) Ipsen of Kenosha, WI; grandchildren: Kristin (Bryce) Brandstatter, Kimberly (Gregory) Walker, Cynthia (Isaac) Khan all of Arizona, Michelle (Joseph) Geiger, Marcey (Steve) Milkie of Kenosha, Janet (Daniel) Moore of Evergreen, CO, Julie (Bill) Jensen of Spring Green; great-grandchildren: Wyatt and Cody Brandstatter, Amanda and Dylan Walker, Kayla Khan all of Arizona, Trysta Geiger, Addison and Teegan Milkie of Kenosha, Ryan and Evan Moore of Colorado, Katelyn Miller and Jordan Jensen of Spring Green; two sisters: Alice (Bill) Honer of Boaz, Carol Dieter of Richland Center; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Lester was preceded in death by his wife Margaret; nine sisters and one brother: Lola Eng, Agnes Miller, Myrtle Cook, Ervin Hardy, Gladys Carlin, Veda Carlin, Jeanette Lisney, and Clara Burke Grim as well as sister and brother-in-laws.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 1:00 PM at the Blue River United Methodist Church, 307 W Lafollette St., Blue River. Burial will follow in the Basswood Cemetery. Friends may call at the Blue River United Methodist Church on Saturday, June 29, 2013 from 12:00 PM until the time of the service at 1:00 PM.

The Pratt Funeral and Cremation Service is assisting the family with their arrangements.

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