Gregory G. Hardy (64) passed away from injuries received after a bicycle accident on May 31, 2023. Greg was able to donate his kidneys. Born Gregory Gene Hardy on November 21, 1958 in Des Moines Iowa to Johnny and Carolyn Hardy. He graduated from North High School in 1977, attended the University of Iowa and Grandview College where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree.
He is survived by two sisters – Pamela Smith (Steve) of Des Moines and Janell Robben (Bret) of Bondurant, and Nieces and Nephews Dustin Robben (Amanda) Farrar, Kyle Robben (Anastasia) Bondurant, Steffanie (Smith) Hoskins (Scott) of Mingo, Nick Smith (Jessie) Bondurant, and many grand Nieces and Nephews – Noah, Braxton, Brooklynn, Aaliyah, and Brecken. Sawyer, Millie, and Lawson. He was preceded in death by his father Johnny Hardy and mother Carolyn (Kirkland) Hardy of Des Moines.
Greg was a lifelong resident of Des Moines, living in the Oak Park neighborhood during his school years. He bought a house in the Union Park area and has lived there for many years.
Greg worked at Hy-Vee while attending school. He also worked at Greyhound, UPS, and Tones as an accountant as well as temp work for other companies. Greg had to retire at a young age due to his diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis. He did not let that get him down. Greg went on to work part time for his church and volunteer at Walden Point Assisted Living where he helped the residents learn how to use the computers.
Greg was always involved in his community and school, going to neighborhood meetings, volunteering to work events and he loved planning his North High School Class Reunions (class of 1977).
Greg was on the North High Swim team in high school, he was a Boy Scout. He was Order of the Arrow, an honor he received where he was nominated by members of his scout troop. He was a member of Toastmasters, Junior Achievement, and a lifetime member of Epworth United Methodist church. He also participated in the Big Creek triathlon in the 90’s.
Greg enjoyed riding his bike, he was an avid bike trail rider. He loved helping people – especially at his church and his family. Whether it was physically fixing something or helping with their computers.
He loved remodeling his house and loved to share his accomplishments with his friends and neighbors. He researched the history of his home/property and had many facts about the house and the neighborhood.
He loved his church, being involved and needed. Greg wore many hats at Epworth United Methodist – Liturgist, work the basement sales and community events, help with the sound system, fix anything needing fixed and helping with finances of the church.
He loved helping in his community – he helped with computer training at Walden Point assisted living. He enjoyed meeting up with friends at Rendezvous on Riverview.
He enjoyed spending time with family. He will be missed by family and many friends whose lives he touched.
Services will be Saturday, June 10th at the Merle Hay Funeral Home at 11:00am, with visitation an hour prior to. Greg will be laid to rest at Chapel Hill Gardens at Merle Hay Funeral Home following the funeral.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Epworth United Methodist Church in honor of Greg’s life.