John J Hardy, age 98, of Burr Ridge, Illinois, and WWII Veteran of 23 years passed away Wednesday February 3, 2021 from complications with Aspiration Pneumonia. Mr. Hardy was a Navy Veteran who served in both the Active and Navy Reserve. As a navy pilot he led air reconnaissance missions during his deployment in the Pacific Theater. Beloved husband of the late Marjorie D. Hardy of 66 years, loving father of Christine (Jeffrey) Atwell, Brian Hardy and Mark (Mary Beth) Hardy. Cherished Grandfather of 9; Great Grandfather of 15. He was a graduate of Loyola University, Los Angeles, and a devout Catholic. John had no siblings. He was raised by his mother, Rose, who passed away in 1965.
John was born in Chicago, May 26th, 1922. At age 3, he moved with his mother to Nebraska where they lived with his three aunts while completing his primary school education. He would then go on to attend Robert Bellarmine Prep School in Santa Clara, CA, before enrolling at Loyola University. After graduation his tour of duty began with the U.S. Navy, and then wedding bells followed on August 27th, 1949. John would relocate with his family to Hinsdale, IL, in the summer of 1964. He worked as an aviation claims adjuster for 23 years at a prominent Chicago Law Firm. His passions included airplanes, baseball, music, and dogs. For a few years he assisted his son Brian as a Little League Coach in Burr Ridge. Regarded by many as a generous man of principle, John was also young at heart with a congenial personality, and a consistent instrument of peace. To those who knew him, John had become the example of what every man can be. He was the ‘possibility’. And we are forever grateful.
John Hardy’s Navy career summary:
- Commissioned Officer, November 1942
- Enrolled in Naval Aviation Program
- Assigned to VS-52
- Stationed on Eniwetok Atoll in the Marshall Islands
- Flew the Corsair Fighter in more than 200 missions
- Retired from Active Duty in 1945
- Continued in the Navy Reserve until 1962.
Visitation will be held Thursday, February the 18th from 4-6pm at Adolf Funeral Home, 7000 S. Madison St., Willowbrook, IL. Prayers on Friday, the 19th will be at 9:15am at the funeral home. This will precede a 10am Mass at St Isaac Jogues Catholic Church in nearby Hinsdale. The church address is 306 W, Fourth St, Hinsdale, IL. Interment will be celebrated at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, IL.
In lieu of flowers, family has asked for donations in the name of John J. Hardy to:
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