Scott Alan Hardy was born on February 17, 1967 in St. Louis, Missouri, and passed from this life on June 6, 2008 in Kansas City, Kansas, at the age of 41.
Growing up, Scott never really enjoyed working outdoors. When it was time to bring the wood in he would lay in the snow complaining until he was made to help his brothers. Scott always had problems keeping dents out of vehicles; it seemed that if even if there was only one other car in the parking lot, Scott would bump into it.
Scott attended Cabool Schools and graduated in 1985 from high school. He then went on to attend Missouri State University for a bachelor’s degree in education. He began his teaching career shortly afterwards in North Kansas City school district where he taught 18 years. Scott was a wonderful teacher; he always made the extra effort to listen to students who were in need of guidance and understanding. After teaching history for a while, he furthered his education at Kansas University, receiving a master’s degree. Scott was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder in March of 2001 and struggled with it the rest of his life.
Scott never married but had a very close and special friend, Greg Martinez. Skully, Scott’s dog, was more than “man’s best friend.” The two of them were inseparable and each dog that entered into his life became family. He even would dress Skully, along with Piper and Dash, in Santa outfits for a Christmas card.
Years after throwing fits to stay indoors, Scott developed a love for travel and being outdoors. He was always ready for a road trip, never complaining of long hours on the road. He enjoyed trips to Colorado and Florida, camping, hiking and sightseeing.
Scott was a very caring and admiring uncle; he loved his nieces and nephews and was always supportive of their hopes and dreams. When the kids were young he would take them for a week and visit amusement parks and watch movies. He would also help them financially with expenses while they were in college. He always had a great love for his entire family and deeply appreciated all that his parents had done for him. He leaves behind many loving family and friends who cared very much for him.
Scott is survived by his parents, Ed and Wanda Hardy of Cabool, Missouri; two brothers, Tim Hardy of West Plains, Missouri, and Steven Hardy of London, England; nephews and nieces Dustin and Autumn Hardy of Steelville, Missouri, Matthew and Jillian Hardy of Whiteman AFB, Missouri, Randy, Timolyn, Dylan and Jacob Hardy, all of West Plains, and Broderick and Everett Hardy of London, England; a special friend, Greg Martinez; as well as numerous other relatives and friends. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Services were at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 10, 2008, at Cabool Second Baptist Church with Rev. Dennis McGinley officiating. Pallbearers were Dustin Hardy, Matthew Hardy, Randy Hardy, Randy Dennis, Daniel Dennis and Brandon Andrus. Interment was in Cabool Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool.