Elmer Clarence Hardesty, 82, passed from this life, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, in Colonial Place in Elkins where he had been a resident for the past nine months. He had been in declining health for the past 3 1/2 years and had been a patient of Mountain Hospice for the past year.
Elmer was born Monday, Aug. 25, 1930, at Lick Run in Preston County, a son of the late Arbanes Sylvester Hardesty and Susan Blanche Summers Hardesty.
On Sept. 29, 1951, at Mt. Lake Park, Md., he married the former Ireta "Jane" Wilt, who survives.
They enjoyed 61 years of marriage.
Elmer is survived by his two children, Laurella Lawrence and husband, Mike, and Mark Hardesty and wife, Dawn, all of Elkins; one sister, Myrtle Wilhelm of Kingwood; five grandchildren, Jeff Shifflett of Elkins, Heather Shifflett and fiance, Brian, of Greensboro, N.C., Dan Hardesty and wife, Jessica, of Morgantown, Kelly Roth and husband, Kevin, of Columbus, Ga., and Scott Hardesty of Elkins; two great-granddaughters, Kailey Shifflett of Virginia City, Nev., and Amyah Harris of Greensboro, N.C.
Preceding him in death were one son, Larry Hardesty; and six siblings, Goldie VanMeter, Pearl Titchenell, Lucille Thompson, Henry, Alva and William Hardesty.
In 1988, Elmer retired as an operations supervisor for Columbia Gas.
He was a dedicated employee with 21 years of service. He enjoyed wood working and especially, camping with his wife and grandchildren.
The family thanks the staff of Mountain Hospice and Colonial Place for the special loving care given to Elmer.
Elmer's request for cremation will be honored. There will be a graveside service in Sunset Memorial Gardens in Kingwood Sunday, Oct. 21, at 2 p.m.
Memorial contributions in Elmer Hardesty's memory may be made to Mountain Hospice, 1600 Crim Ave., Belington, WV 26250 or a charity of your choice.
Cards with special thoughts or memories can be mailed to Mrs. Jane Hardesty at 109 Easy Street, Elkins, WV 26241.
The Randolph Funeral Home and Cremation Services has been entrusted with the arrangements for Elmer Clarence Hardesty. Send online condolences to the family online at www.therandolphfuneralhome.com.