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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