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Richard Hardin

Richard Hardin died Sept. 10, 2012, in Grass Valley, Calif., at the age of 83. Richard was born Aug. 8, 1929, in Oswego, Kan.

A memorial service will take place at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, at Abundant Life Church in Grass Valley.

Richard spent most of his life operating heavy construction equipment, and he helped build dams and roads throughout California. As a young man, he served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Korea.

Only a few people beyond his family were privy to his artistic side, whether sketching, playing the guitar or piano (without ever having had a music lesson), decorating a birthday cake or creating snow sculptures in his front yard after a winter storm. He was an excellent cook, known for his homemade ravioli, chocolate cake, and lavish holiday dinners. He was a practical joker with a mischievous sense of humor.

Richard was a lifelong San Francisco Giants and 49ers fan. He loved Nascar and rooted for Jeff Gordon on every televised race. Richard spent many years coaching Grass Valley Little League teams and later became an umpire. He made many friends during his involvement with Masons in several local chapters.

The family would like to thank all of the waitresses at the many restaurants he frequented for their kindness, caring and smiles. His days were brightened because of all of you.

Richard and his family moved to Grass Valley in 1964, and he enjoyed a rich and full life in the town he loved. He is survived by his four children, Dee (and John) Murphy, Dahn (and Paul) Sherwood, Dani (and Burney) McClure and Darin (and Janet) Hardin. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren — Angela, DeAnna and Jessica Murphy, Michael and Michelle McClure, Christopher and Barbi Sherwood, Nicole and Lonnie Schutte and Andrea Hardin, as well as four great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He leaves behind his beloved “boys,” two black labs named Duffy and Honcho.

Richard was predeceased by his wife of 36 years, Dorothy Hardin, on Jan. 11, 1992. He was predeceased by his second wife, Judy Hardin, on March 4, 2004.


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