Joseph H. Hardacre, 80, of Le Mars, died Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2005, at Plymouth Manor Care Center in Le Mars.
Joseph Henry Hardacre was born Aug. 11, 1925, in Boyden, the son of James and Laura (Steffen) Hardacre. Joe lived in Boyden until 1932 when the family moved to Le Mars. He attended school in Le Mars and later entered the United States Navy during World War II and served his country from September 1943 to March 1946. Joe was united in marriage to Edna Dirks on Sept. 2, 1947 at Christ Lutheran Church in Grant Township, rural Le Mars.
Shortly after returning from the service, Joe began his 58-year career with Wiltgen Construction Company in Le Mars. Joe had been involved with all aspects of the construction company from laborer to management. He had worked with three generations of the Wiltgen family.
Joe loved to watch sports and especially enjoyed playing baseball and bowling. He was a member of the Presbyterian United Church of Christ, Wasmer American Legion Post #241, and the Le Mars Eagles Club Aerie #1381.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Edna of Le Mars; a son and daughter-in-law, Tom and Wendy Hardacre of Park Rapids, Minn.; a daughter, Renee Hardacre of Denver, Colo. two sisters, Esther Rickabaugh of Minnetonka, Minn., and his twin sister, Josephine Small of Akron; several nieces, nephews, and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Laura (Steffen) Hardacre; two sisters: Blanche Morrow and Frances Oxberger; and two brothers, Jim and Warren "Popeye" Hardacre.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Presbyterian United Church of Christ with the Rev. Drew Tomberlin officiating. Interment with military honors provided by the Wasmer American Legion Post #241 of Le Mars will be in Christ Lutheran Cemetery, Grant Township, rural Le Mars. Visitation will be after 3 p.m. Friday at the Presbyterian United Church of Christ (858 Seventh Ave. S.E.) with the family present to greet friends after 6 p.m. followed by a 7 p.m. prayer service all at the church. Visitation will continue at the church from noon until service time on Saturday. Condolences maybe viewed at www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.
Pallbearers will be Dale Reichle, Bill McDougall, Marlin Steinfadt, Larry Schmitz, Sod Dreckman, Kent Hanstein, Marty Arens, and Paul Sitzman. Honorary pallbearers will be Ron Wiltgen and his sons, Ryan, Rob, Rick, and Eric and his co-workers at Wiltgen Construction.