|Birth: ||Oct. 4, 1954|
South Dakota, USA
|Death: ||Feb. 27, 2007|
South Dakota, USA
Literally and figuratively, Jon Michael Hardcastle was a mover. He took over operation of Hardcastle Transfer and Storage Company from his father and operated it until 2002 when he suffered a severe stroke. It came as a shock because he was physically strong. His brothers can tell how there was no one they would rather see at the end of a piano when it came to moving than Jon. He was happiest doing hard, physical labor.
His work brought a share of bad luck. There was the time Jon fell through the stairs with a safe on him. He wiped out on his bike running into a dog. He was run over while someone was pulling his vehicle out of the snow. He cut his foot on a glass bottle while down by the river.
Jon enjoyed spending time with his kids and you would find him at every one of their school activities when he was around. He was very proud of each. He proudly watched his son Jon at All-State chorus this past fall; Thomas on the basketball court; and MaKayla in her school concerts and in All State Honors Chorus. All three had parts in the Children's Theatre and Jon was there to watch them all.
He was a mover in the community in other ways. Jon was a past Walworth County commissioner, and a past Mobridge City councilman. He was a member of the United Congregational Church in Mobridge and the Mobridge Masonic Lodge.
It was hard for him to accept the limitations that the stroke brought on. This man who could carry safes up and down stairs, and help carry pianos, didn't like the fact that walking and dressing had become such a chore. This man, who lived to help others, found it difficult that he was now the one in need of assistance.
Jon died Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2007, at the Golden LivingCenter in Mobridge at the age of 52.
He was born Oct. 4, 1954, in Mobridge to William and Jean (Juelfs) Hardcastle Sr. Jon grew up in Mobridge and attended school, graduating from Mobridge High School in 1972. While in high school, he was a class officer, a homecoming candidate, and was co-captain of the football teams and the basketball teams.
Following high school he attended college at Black Hills State, Northern State University in Aberdeen and the University of South Dakota in Vermillion.
John's short life was never easy, but he was content with what he had. While going to college at Northern, he lived in a little run-down house in the country and the only thing he had on his walls was a picture of a pig.
Mostly Jon had a caring and generous heart. If he had two of something, he would give you one or maybe both of what he had. He had a bike while going to college and he passed it on to his younger siblings so they had some form of transportation while they were in school.
Jon had a soft spot for strays, whether it was a person who needed a place to stay, a lost dog, or an injured bird. Following college, he moved to the West Coast where he lived and worked a short time before returning to Mobridge to work with his father, Bill.
On Feb. 17, 1990, he married Jolyn Havelka in the UCC Church in Mobridge. He also operated a star mail route out of Mobridge until 2006. His greatest joy was his family, especially his kids. The family vacations to Arizona to see family or wherever they would go were always special. There was usually a tape playing in the car with a little sing-a-long time. There were trips that included work when Jon was moving someone and the boys would ride along and help.
Through the moving and the freight business, he and the boys have been in every state in the union except Hawaii and Alaska. One particularly memorable trip was to Pennsylvania with a side trip into Canada and seeing Niagara Falls.
Good natured Jon sometimes had a quirky sense of humor. You might see him hanging out at a coffee shop in ugly sunglasses. There was the trip to Okinawa when he got off the plane wearing a brown leather cowboy hat telling people, "Yep, this is my first time out of the State of South Dakota."
When Jon took over an emergency mail route out of Mobridge to West River towns, it was the terrible winter of 1997. On one occasion, just before Christmas, he got out of the truck to hand candy canes to all the kids.
Jon is survived by his two sons, Jon and Thomas Hardcastle and one daughter, MaKayla, all of Mobridge; his parents Bill and Jean Hardcastle of Mobridge; two brothers, Bill Hardcastle Jr. and Tom Hardcastle, both of Mobridge; five sisters, Carol (Dennis) Fischer of Mobridge, Cathy (Jim) Brockamp of Puyallup, Wash., Cheryl Evans of Glendale, Ariz., Lt. Col. Patricia (Tom) Bieder of Manchester, Tenn., and Kimberly (Clint) Hamre of Peoria, Ariz., and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for Jon were Monday, March 5, at the United Congregational Church in Mobridge. Pastor Keith Kraft officiated.
Casketbearers were Donnie Howell, Tom Hardcastle, Bill Hardcastle, Jesse Fischer, Jeremy Sam, Rod Kessler, Garret TenBroek and David Howell.
Burial will be in the Mobridge City Cemetery at a later date. A Masonic Prayer service was held Sunday evening at Kesling Funeral Home. Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge was in charge of arrangements.
Mobridge Tribune March 7, 2007
Mobridge City Cemetery
South Dakota, USA
Created by: In memory of Scott
Record added: Mar 09, 2007
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