OBITUARY

Larry Hard

May 29, 1935March 1, 2014
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James ‘Larry’ Hard, beloved husband, father and grandfather, died Saturday, March 1st, 2014. He was 78 years old. Larry was born on May 29, 1935 in Waller, Texas to James Bryant Hard and Queenie Garrett Hard. He graduated from Waller High School in 1953, attended Blinn College, and served in the U.S. Army Reserve. He went to work for Gulf States Utilities (GSU) in 1954 and in 1957 moved to Navasota and married Barbara Jean Mohr. When married, friends erected a sign in their yard “Just Married - Watch Texas Grow.” Larry moved his family to Conroe in 1968, where he continued to work for GSU in its right-of-way department. He retired from GSU in 1993 with 38 years of service. Larry is survived by his wife of 56 years, Barbara Mohr Hard, and his four children: Beverly Hard Simmons of Conroe; Cindy Hard Fuest and husband Craig of Angleton; James and wife Lorrie of Oak Ridge North; and Edwin and wife Heidi of College Station. He is survived by nine grandchildren: Beau Simmons, Bruce Simmons and wife Katy, Cassie Fuest Hamilton and husband Andrew, Martin Fuest, James W. Hard, Jessica Hard Byrne and husband Stephen, Caroline Hard, David Hard, and Mason Hard. Larry is also survived by his sister, Jeannine Hard Lievsay and husband John of Conroe. Larry is preceded in death by his parents, brother Ronny Hard, and uncles Pete, Earl, and Mack Garrett. Larry grew up working on the family-owned dairy farm and Texaco Service Station in Waller. Prior to leaving for school on his horse, his day at the dairy began at 3:30am where he milked cows, cleaned the dairy, and loaded milk on a truck to be hauled to the Carnation Creamery in west Houston. Larry was a good athlete and respected outdoorsman. He excelled at tennis and baseball in high school and tried out for the minor leagues as a pitcher. In his later years, he could shoot ‘his age’ in golf. While Larry liked to fish, golf, and watch football (especially Aggie football), his true passion was deer hunting. As young man, he hunted on horseback in the ‘open woods’ between Waller and Camp Strake near Conroe and on leases in the Magnolia and Stoneham areas. From 1973 until recent years, he hunted on the ‘Bender Pasture’ lease in southeast Montgomery County with a fine group of men who would become lifelong friends to him and his family. The family extends special thanks to Larry’s friends and to friends of the family for their thoughts, prayers, and condolences. Special thanks are also extended to Dr. Adam Frome and Dr. Gary Sharpless for their outstanding care of Larry in his final years. A memorial service for Larry Hard will be held on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 10 am at Cashner Funeral Home in Conroe with Chaplain Daelyn West officiating. Written condolences to the family can be left at www.cashnerconroe.com .

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    Thursday, March 6, 2014

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March 25, 2014

Larry Hard was a class mate of mine from Waller High School. We graduated in 1953 and went our separate ways. I never saw him after we graduated but always wonder what happened to him. From the pictures of his family and friends, it shows that he did have a wonderful life. My condolences to all of you.

Helen Harris deGeurin

Steve White

March 6, 2014

RIP Larry Hard. I learned a lot from you and always respected your opinions and thoughts. You were a very kind and thoughtful man that loved to have fun and laugh, too. We worked together at GSU at Conroe and The Woodlands trying to get those trees cleared away from the lines so the power could flow safely. IT was always fun playing golf, hunting squirrels and fishing with you. You are a very respected man. See you in eternity someday - Steve White (steve.white@davey.com)

Mark Byrne

March 6, 2014

Mr. Hard is gone too soon. He was a "Man's Man"--a real Texan. God bless him and his family.

Mark Byrne

March 6, 2014

Mr. Hard is gone too soon. He was a "Man's Man"--a real Texan. God bless him and his family.

TTI Transportation Planning Program

March 4, 2014

Ed, Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. We made a small donation to the Wounded Warrior Project in your dad's name. Wishing you peace, comfort and quiet reflection as you remember Larry.

Mark and Laurie Cunningham

March 4, 2014

What a beautifully written memorial, prayers and condolences to the family .he will always be in your hearts.

Liz Grindstaff

March 4, 2014

Thoughts and prayers for Hard family...

Kathy Holtkamp Stanbery

March 3, 2014

Sorry for your loss and condolences to the family.

Veronica Galbreath

March 3, 2014

I always loved Uncle Larry. I remember a kind, gentle man who was soft spoken. My heart goes out to Aunt Barbara, Cindy, Bev, James, and Edwin. Know you are in my heart. Love, Veronica

Johnny Shaver

March 3, 2014

Our thoughts and prayers go out to James and family.
Johnny (CDI) and Marti Shaver

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