David L. Hardie | Obituary

ONALASKA, Wis. – David L. Hardie of Onalaska, Wis., (born October 8, 1938 in La Crosse, Wis.) passed away sweetly and peacefully at his son’s home in Bradenton, Fla., along with his beloved wife and son loving holding his hands, Friday evening April 22, 2022.

Dave is survived by his dear wife, Lois R. (West) Hardie, living with their son Anthony in Bradenton; by her caring son, Anthony (originally from Onalaska), who was her devoted caregiver until her last breath; and by his beloved son Bradley “Brad” and stepdaughter Kathleen “Kat” (Yingst) Hardie, living in Slidell, Louisiana, all of whom spent his final days with him.

He remained very close to his siblings throughout his life and will be deeply missed by them, especially his sister Sandra Hardie of Madison; brother, Robert and sister-in-law, Linda (Mowry) Hardie of Milton; sister Dana and brother-in-law Ady Brudos of Madison; brother Thomas and sister-in-law Lea Ann (Rygiel) Hardie of La Crosse. He was Uncle Dave to many cherished nieces and nephews in Wisconsin, Lois du Soo’s hometown and beyond, to whom he was a special ever-smiling uncle. He was a grandfather including Joel, Sean, Jena and many more over the years. He was devoted to his brothers and sisters in Christ at the La Crosse and Tampa congregations and beyond.

Dave was a 1956 graduate of Logan High School in La Crosse, Wisconsin and then continued his education leading to his career as an accountant, accountant, computer programmer and business manager. In his professional life, he has served as vice president of two trading companies, assistant operations manager for another, assistant cost accounting controller for another, and accountant for three, all in Wisconsin. He also served for decades as secretary and treasurer of La Crosse Gospel Hall, where he was a respected elder, and for several years treasurer of the board of directors of the condominium association, where he was known to represent his neighbors with fair and honest decisions.

Dave and Lois have cherished their years together, from when they first met in the Soo at Bellevue Park on September 1, 1958, and married in the Soo two years later on July 4, 1960, after a courtship that involved a lot of driving and traveling for seeing each other – the kind of frequent trips that would become a hallmark of their entire life together. Together they enjoyed frequent visits to visit family and friends in the Soo, and countless trips across the country and beyond, often involving visits with friends and loved ones. In his later years, Dave and Lois loved their winters together as snowbirds in Florida, then enjoyed returning for the warmer months to their Wisconsin home with many other trips and visits, short and long.

With the onset of the pandemic, they were unable to return home to Wisconsin and stayed with their son Anthony in Bradenton. When chronic health issues made it clear that a return to Onalaska was no longer possible, they settled in for the duration with their son.

He was known for his radiant smile and for his characteristics as a peaceful, gentle, kind, compassionate, and intensely spiritual man.

Dave has managed his fragile type I diabetes ‘like a trouper’ since his diagnosis in 1963, from the dark days when it was still mostly a terminal illness until the later years with the help of his son managing his insulin pump and continuous blood glucose monitor. Because of her choice to remain positive, confident, and caring, few people ever knew how much the disease and her follow-up conditions dominated her daily life and almost all of her choices.

He was predeceased by his parents, with whom he remained close throughout their lives, Kenneth and Mabel (Wrobel) Hardie of La Crosse; by his brother, James K., and sister-in-law, Jeanine (Halverson) Hardie of West Salem; and by his sister, Joanne K., and his brother-in-law, Denis Naughton, also of Onalaska.

With special thanks to the many incredible doctors and health care professionals who enhanced and extended his life, the staff at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, and the compassionate and deeply caring professional caregivers and staff at Tidewell Hospice, whose efforts collaboration and caring helped her son during his brief stay in hospice at home allowed him to be home again until he passed away so peacefully.

His ashes will be held by his wife Lois until they meet again.

The funeral services were officiated by a dear friend, “son” and brother in the Lord, Cal Erickson of La Crosse; Cal is married to Becky (Prior) Erickson, whose father, Ray Prior, was best man at Dave and Lois’ wedding; the Prieur and Hardie families have been friends for generations.

The funeral was held by Brown and Sons Funeral Home (26th Street Chapel), 5624 26th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34207, on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. Donations can be made in Dave’s name to the Tidewell Foundation in Bradenton , Florida, or the American Diabetes Association. The funeral service was streamed live and remains online for viewing at: www.facebook.com/brownandsonsfuneral.

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