Hardy-1Keith L. Hardy, 94, of Ruth, Nevada, died Thursday, March 19, 2015 at the White Pine Care Center in Ely, Nevada.

A pure and gentle soul, he was born September 23, 1920 in southern Wisconsin, to Gilbert Hardy and Anna (Pingel) Hardy. Keith grew up on a small farm. He built ships for the Navy during World War II in Berkeley, California. After the war he moved to Ruth, Nevada and worked for Kennecott Copper Mines in McGill, Nevada.

In 1953, Keith married Eugenia (Jenny Hernandez), a sister of his close friend and co-worker at the mine. Jenny was a single mother of three boys whom Keith helped raise during their 54 years of marriage. Keith and Jenny had one son, Karl.

Keith loved sharing the beauty of nature, smell of flowers and exploring life with those he loved. He also enjoyed traveling and RVing.

He is survived by son Karl (Lori) Hardy and family; stepsons, Frank (Tina) DeLeon and family, Ted (Connie) DeLeon and family of Ruth, Nevada and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; two brothers, Martin (Dawn) Hardy of Rochester, Minnesota and Henry Hardy of Menomonie, Wisconsin and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Keith was preceded in death by his wife, Jenny, two children; son, Keith L. Hardy Jr. and daughter, Liley Hardy, stepson, Harry DeLeon, his parents, his sister, Eleanor Hardy and brother Lester Hardy.

There will be a memorial service posted in the future.