Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Vernon Hardesty Passes Away

   Vernon  E. Hardesty, 82, a resident of Gambrills since 1954 died after a brief illness on July 20, 2014.
    Born May 1, 1932 in Davidsonville, Maryland, he was the youngest child of Perry and Mary Hardesty.
    He attended Annapolis High School until 1948. He worked as an equipment operator for CJ Langenfielder until joining the United States Air Force in 1950. While serving in the USAF, he was a crew chief on C47's during the Korean War with the 452nd Bomb Wing. Shortly after leaving the Air Force in 1954, he founded Vernon Hardesty Crane rental, which later became Hardesty Construction Corporation. Mr. Hardesty retired from the business in 2007. His interests included spending time with
his family and friends, traveling, boating, fishing and horse racing.
    He is preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis (Jocelyn) Hardesty, whom he married in 1953. Surviving are three sons, David Hardesty of Millersville, Wayne Hardesty of Odenton and Douglas Hardesty of Gambrills; and seven grandchildren.
    Visitation will be held at Hardesty Funeral Home, 851 Annapolis Rd., Gambrills on Thursday, July 24 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM. Funeral will be held at Hardesty Funeral Home on Friday, July 25, at 11 AM. Burial to follow at Glen Haven Memorial Park in Glen Burnie. Memorial contributions can be made to Baldwin Memorial Methodist Church, 921 Generals Highway, Millersville, Maryland 21108. Online condolences may be placed at

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