John Harry Hardt Sr.
John Harry Hardt Sr., 92, of Quemado died on Dec. 31, 2017, at his residence on Hardt Farms.
He was born on May 29, 1925, three miles west of Uvalde, to Alice Grace Robinson and Lee Albert Hardt. He was the grandson of Sheriff Harry Robinson of Maverick County, and the great-grandson of Judge Frank Robinson of Uvalde County.
The family moved to Eagle Pass where they resided on the grandparent’s dairy farm. Hardt attended school there, where he played high school football and was involved in the National FFA Organization, then known as Future Farmers of America. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1943, and served on the USS San Diego until the surrender of Japan in 1945.
He married Johnnie Mae Akin in 1959 in Eagle Pass. With the marriage the couple joined their combined four children into one household. Later the couple added three more children to the family.
Hardt worked in Mexico during the hoof and mouth outbreak in 1947; for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1962, during the screwworm eradication era; owned a caliche business; worked for Fletcher Butane Service in Eagle Pass; and worked as a plant manager for TeXan Energy Propane Eagle Pass alongside his wife, before retiring.
After retiring, he enjoyed traveling and visiting the children. A lifelong rancher, in 1999, he moved to the farm in Quemado, where he managed cattle and ran hay and pecan operations. Hardt enjoyed taking the children and grandchildren fishing. They also helped check cattle, and he supported them in sports, 4-H and FFA activities. He was a member of the Word of Life Church in Eagle Pass. The family says he loved his family with all his might and was always there when he was needed.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; one sister, Ann Eve (Hardt) Nesbit; and one granddaughter, Melissa Lee Hardt.
Hardt is survived by seven children, Johnnie Lee Gonzales and husband, Salvador, Harry Hardt and wife, Diana, and Timothy Hardt and wife, Graciela, all of Eagle Pass, Robert Hardt and wife, Lupita, of Mexico City, Mexico, Kim Baethge and husband, Stephen, of Fredericksburg, Katheryn Powell and husband, John, of Sabinal, and Thomas Hardt and wife, Tammy, of Salado; 15 grandchildren, Sarita Moore, and husband, Rode, Elise Gonzales, Lisa Tescan, Robert William Hardt Jr. and wife, Karina, Monica Libson, Hannah Hardt, Emily Mae Baethge, Kim Ross Baethge, Dari Ornelas, John Colby Powell, Thomas Garret Powell, Travis Cole Powell, Dale Cameron Hardt, James Christian Hardt and Evan Carter Hardt; six great-grandchildren, Roan Moore, Lexi Moore, Trenton Tecson, Cannon Demarest, Ryder Husband and Leonardo Hardt; and his primo, H.A. “Pancho” Hardt, of Seguin.
A visitation was held on Jan. 4, 2018, from 2 p.m to 7 p.m., and a funeral service was held on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, at 11 a.m. at Yeager Barrera Mortuary in Eagle Pass. The Rev. Mike Gary and the Rev. Jeff Pope officiated. Graveside services with military honors and interment followed at Maverick County Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Roberto Hernandez, John Colby Powell, Kim Ross Baethge, Dale Hardt, James Hardt, Thomas Powell, Evan Hardt and Travis Powell.
Honorary pallbearers were Steven Dickerson, Douglas Fletcher Jr. and Larry Jung.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Maverick County Junior Livestock Show, Texas A&M AgriLIFE Extension agent for Maverick County Oscar Galindo, at 2350 E. Main St., Eagle Pass, TX 78852, 830-773-5064; Shriners Hospital for Children, Galveston, www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/galveston; or Word of Life Church, 2401 Royal Ridge Dr., Eagle Pass, TX 78852.