Dennis Hardy

Dennis “Denny” James Hardy, age 69, of Churdan, passed on at Unity Point - Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines on Saturday, April 23, 2022 surrounded by his family due to injuries suffered in an automobile accident near Lanesboro.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 29 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church near Churdan with Fr. John Gerald as Celebrant. Lector for the Mass will be Jill Hardy and Phyllis Zediker.  Eucharistic Ministers will be Reegan and Michael Hanigan. Gift bearers will be Regina Kopesky, Pat Collins, and Mary Lentsch. Casket bearers will be Daylon Hardy, Brogan Hardy, Michael Hanigan, John Hardy Jr., Tim Lentsch, and Kelly Wise. Burial will be in the St. Patrick’s Cemetery with military honors conducted by the Churdan American Legion and the Iowa National Guard.

Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church on Thursday where there will be a Christian Wake Service held at 7 p.m.  Visitation will resume at the church on Friday morning from 9:30 – 10:15 prior to the Mass.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home and online condolences may be left for the family at

Denny was born on Oct. 28, 1952 in Lake City, and he was the son of John and Winifred (Burke) Hardy. He grew on his family’s farm in section 4 of Cedar Township near Churdan. Denny graduated from Lohrville High School. He was drafted into the United States Army and served during the Vietnam Conflict. He was part of the Special Forces and served as an Airborne Ranger. Upon his honorable discharge he returned to the family farm which he operated until the time of his death. For the past six years he was blessed to farm along with his son Daylon. Denny was married to Michelle Larsen on May 20, 1989 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Denny and Michelle were active members of the St. Patrick’s Parish and are currently members of St. Columkille Parish where he taught Catechism. He was a farmer at heart and his family was his life.

Denny is survived by his wife Michelle; a daughter Reegan Hanigan (Michael); two sons: Brogan Hardy and Daylon Hardy (Alex) all of Churdan; two grandsons: Madden and Barron; his father and mother-in-law Dwayne and Jackie Larsen of Avoca; four sisters: Mary Lentsch (Jim) of Ft. Dodge, Pat Collins (Dick) of Sioux City, Phyllis Zediker (Arnie) of Des Moines, and Regina Kopesky of Lakeland Shores, MN; a brother John Hardy Jr. (Jill) of Lohrville; a brother-in-law Todd Larsen (Gloria) of Harlan; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and good friends. 

Denny was preceded in death by his parents John and Winifred Hardy; and a brother-in-law Randy Kopesky.

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