Clyde Everett Hardesty

December 22, 1921July 14, 2014
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Clyde Everett “Whitey” Hardesty, 92, of Greeley, formerly of the Johnstown area, passed away at the Washington County Nursing Home in Akron. He was born to Ernest Hardesty and Mildred (Titler) Hardesty near Johnstown. He left school after completing the 8th grade in order to help support the family where he would assist his father harvesting beets, corn, and wheat on the family farm.

He served in the U.S. Navy for a short while, until his twin brother, Claude, was killed during WWII.

On May 5, 1950, he married Shirley Joyce Fields in Johnstown. To this union he was blessed with three sons and one daughter. When Shirley’s parents moved into town, they took over the Fields homestead. While on the farm, Clyde harvested wheat and helped his sons start up dairy business. After the dairy, he raised sheep, goats, chickens, pigs, and usually had a donkey. He was also a member of the First Baptist Church of Johnstown. He had lived in Greeley since 1994.

He worked at Carnation Milk Plant, and then spent 25 years working at GW Sugar in Johnstown.

Preceded Clyde in death were his parents; Ernest and Mildred Hardesty and Twin brother, Claude Hardesty. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Hardesty of Greeley; three sons and one daughter, Walt (Linda) Hardesty of Otis, Ray (Sheryl) Hardesty of Eaton, Les (Sherrill) Hardesty of Estes Park and Marj (Rod) Jones of Brush; 13 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 18, 2014 at Greeley Baptist Temple. Interment Sunset Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Weld County Dairymen Fund in care of Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 West 28th Street, Greeley, Colorado 80634.

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  • Funeral Service Friday, July 18, 2014

Clyde Everett Hardesty

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Cathi (Coats)Spencer

July 19, 2014

I have so many wonderful memories of time spent on the Hardesty farm! I can't think of truer friends than Clyde and Shirley. They were such a blessing in good times and in hard times for our family. What a wonderful legacy Clyde has left for his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. God bless each of you and may you find comfort in the many memories you hold.

Cyndie Van Buskirk

July 17, 2014

My family and I got to know Clyde and Shirley when we moved in 2 doors down from them 12 years ago. Such a friendly and sweet man! He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Shirley and all his family.

Karen (Coats) Holloway

July 17, 2014

What a great man. I have such wonderful memories of him and his family growing up in Johnstown. My prayers and hugs to Shirley and the family. Each one of you hold a very special place in my heart.

Hiedi Handford

July 17, 2014

I just loved ol Clyde. He was one of my favorite uncles, and I cherish the memories made with him and Aunt Shirley on the family farm. He had such a huge heart. I loved his stories he told around the dinner table and his HUGE belly laughs. They broke the mold after Clyde. All my love to my family. Wish I could make the services and see everybody. Hiedi (Fields) Handford

Linda Cargin

July 17, 2014

A wonderful man and such great memories growing up. You will be missed Uncle Clyde. My love and prayers to my Aunt and Cousins.