Wilbur J. Hardy, born April 12, 1927, in Little River, Kans., to Clarence and Lula Hardy, passed away peacefully on March 25, 2011, at his home surrounded by his family.

Will, as he was better known by family and friends, served in the Navy and went on to earn a bachelor's of arts degree from The College of the Pacific and a master's degree from San Jose State University. He spent his career as an educator in the San Jose Unified School District and retired in 1987.

He and his wife Kathryn retired to Shady Cove, Ore., in 1994. He was a member of the Shady Cove Moose Lodge, a member of the Masonic Lodge of Sunnyside, Wash., and a life member of the Elk's Lodge. Will and Kathryn enjoyed many years of travelling across the United States in their motor home with their family and their cat, Spook. He loved wood working, fishing, boating, travelling, rafting, and his view of the Rogue River. He believed in his country and passionately pursued honor and truth within his own community and the issues that it faced.

Will is survived by wife, Kathryn; sister, Nadyne Sessions; niece, Rene Youngblood (Marc); and children, David Hardy, Duncan Harrod (Karen), Suzanne Dickinson (Richard), and Cindy Adkins. He had six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Services will be held at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Shady Cove at noon on April 12, 2011. Reception immediately following from 1:00 3:00 at the Shady Cove Moose Lodge.

Family has requested, in lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Shady Cove or Shady Cove Fire District 4.