ROGER JAMES HARDY

Roger Hardy, of Mora, died on Friday, June 3 , 2011 at Angel Bright Hospice in Corpus Christi, TX.  He was 72 years old.

MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at Calvary Lutheran Church of Mora on Saturday, June 11, 2011 at 11 AM with Rev. Herman Bakker officiating.

VISITATION will be one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

Roger James Hardy was born on July 30, 1938 in Brainerd, MN to Paul and Viola (Monson) Hardy.  He grew up on the family farm, the youngest of four children, and attended country school until the age of ten.  His family then moved to North Dakota where he finished school and graduated from Bismarck High School in 1956.  After high school he enlisted in the US National Guard and started up his first of many businesses, a photo developing shop.  He then became owner of Poor Rog’s Surplus, was a photographer for the Bismarck Police Department, and judge of Miss North Dakota pageants.  In the fall of 1964 he met the love of his life, Yvonne DeJardine at a mixer dance.  They were married on August 7, 1965.  To this union four children were born; Roger Jr., Donovan, Steven, and Karen.  In 1978 the family moved to Brooks, MN where he worked for a cheese factory and then to Mora, MN where Roger managed Camperville Campground.  In 1982 Roger and his family moved into their home on Clark Street in Mora where he and Yvonne began Von Ro Corporation.  One of his highlights of Von Ro was receiving the Million Dollar Sales Award in 2001.  Roger liked to give a personal touch to each RV delivery by driving the unit to the customer.  He was a very perseverant and thoughtful person who was generous to others.  He was known around town as Rog.  He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.  You would see him making the weekly rounds at local restaurants for lunch.  He enjoyed traveling and watching NASCAR races.  Roger even got to spend quality time with his daughter and son-in-law enjoying the South Texas culture during the holidays before getting ill last winter.  He passed away ten months from the death of his beloved wife Yvonne.  Roger will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.
He is preceded in death by his wife, parents, and sister Paulyne.
Roger is survived by his sons Roger Jr. of Signal Hill, CA, Donovan of Mora, Steven and wife Shari of Mora, and daughter Karen and husband Abraham Sims of Corpus Christi, TX., brothers Leonard (Delores) Hardy and Virgil (Betty) Hardy all of Bismarck, ND, grandchildren Jamie Lynn Hardy, Christian Thomas Hardy, and Karra Rae Yvonne Hardy, many other relatives and friends from MN and ND.
A Memorial Service was held on Saturday, June 11, 2011 at Calvary Lutheran Church with Rev. Herman Bakker officiating.  Music was provided by Elaine Keehr,  Shari Hardy and Roger Hardy Jr.  Honorary urnbearers were Roger’s brothers, Leonard and Virgil Hardy.

3 guestbook entries for ROGER JAMES HARDY

  1. John Johnson June 13, 2011 at 1:40 pm #

    Great guy, greatly missed. Thoughts and prayers to Friends and Family.

  2. Leroy & Mary Bremer June 14, 2011 at 3:09 pm #

    Roger was the first and last person we looked to when purchasing new campers, and needed repairs. He was always honest and helpful. He will be greatly missed. Our sympathy to all the family.

  3. James Reesor December 8, 2012 at 5:03 pm #

    Roger was a great friend, and he was the personal manager for my group of musicicans from Bismarck, North Dakota, when we recorded “Streak of Lightning” as “Jay Rees and the Monarks.” His talents as a photographer resulted in photos with legendary country music singers Patsy Cline and Jimmy Dean — back in 1961 or 1962. I wish I had copies of those photos for my collection. Maybe his children still have negatives?

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