Dallas Walter Hardt

February 2, 1929 - April 14, 2020
Dallas Walter Hardt

Dallas Walter Hardt, age 91, entered into the presence of the Lord peacefully, on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, at his Mount Vernon home. He was born February 2, 1929, in Portage, Wisconsin, the second of five children of Walter and Irma (Roecker) Hardt.

He spent his childhood in Portage and graduated high school in 1946. He was a member of the National Guard of the United States and the State of Wisconsin until his honorable discharge in
June of 1951. He married Betty Lee Smith in Portage, on August 11, 1951, and together they had four children, Terry, Jerry, Scott, and Julie.

Dallas retired from Mid-Continental Restoration, where he had worked for many years of his career. He was a hard and dependable worker, but also enjoyed fishing, hunting, fixing up old homes, woodworking and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. For them, he always had time for fishing and swimming trips, telling jokes and stories, driftwood-hunting, rough-housing, and playing ball in the yard. Dallas believed in the Lord, and though their sense of adventure moved them to a new challenge and change of scenery every few years, Dallas and Betty were always devoted to their local Lutheran Church.

Dallas is survived by his wife of 68 years, Betty, whom he has lovingly cared for the past few
Years; his daughter, Julie Holman, along with her husband, Joel, of Carthage, Missouri; daughter-in-law, Ronda Hardt, of Bolivar, Missouri; five grandchildren, Jesse Hardt and his wife, Lyndsey, of Rosenberg, Texas, Kristen Johnson and her husband, Matt, of Preston, Missouri, Darren Hardt, of Bolivar, Missouri, Angela Shouse and her husband, Jamie, of Rockwall, Texas and Marisa Hardt of Rosenberg, Texas; seven great-grandchildren, Gage, Rylan, Jett, Dallas, Sophie, May and Baer; one brother, Robert (Bob) Hardt, and his wife, Teresa, of Portage, Wisconsin; one sister, Marilyn Garetson of Beloit, Wisconsin, as well as several cousins, nieces, and nephews.

He is predeceased by his parents, Walter and Irma; his sister Audrey Mattison and brother-in-law Ralph Mattison; his sister Marion Hardt (age 3); his brother-in-law Gary Garetson; three sons, Terry, Jerry and Scott.

Due to current restrictions placed on gatherings, the family will hold a memorial service for Dallas at a later time. Services are under the direction of the Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon, Missouri.

Memorial donations can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, in lieu of flowers, in care of the funeral home.

Dallas lived a full life devoted to the Lord, his family, and his work. And though he was ready to see heaven, he will be terribly missed here on earth. But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body. Philippians 3:20-21