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Thomas William “Gold Star” Hardesty, II

  • Birth 2 Oct 1963 Saint Louis, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA
  • Death 27 Oct 2011 Washington, Franklin County, Missouri, USA
  • Burial Franks, Pulaski County, Missouri, USA
  • Plot Thomas W Hardesty II
  • Memorial ID 79418136

༺✿ڰۣڿ✿༻ IN MEMORY ༺✿ڰۣڿ✿༻

-Thomas William Hardesty II-
***Gold Star(CB Handle)***

Thomas William Hardesty, II, of Dixon, was born October 2, 1963, in St. Louis, County, a son of Thomas William and Carol Deane (Thomas) Hardesty, and departed this life suddenly, at Washington, Missouri, on Thursday morning, October 27, 2011. Mr. Hardesty had attained the age of 48 years and 25 days.
Mr. Hardesty was united in marriage on May 24, 1994, in Jefferson County, to Miss Kimberly Phyllis Rowden. He was preceded in death by his father on February 12, 1985; his grandparents William in 1975 & Sybil Hardesty in 1995; Olen in 1966 & MayDeane "Riley" Thomas in 1989; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Myrl & Helen Rowden and one nephew Scott Ramsey in 1995.
Mr. Hardesty was a United States Army veteran and a member of the Victory Hill Baptist Church, near Dixon. He was a former member of the Dixon Volunteer Fire Department, Dixon and enjoyed hunting, bow hunting, fishing, nature and the St. Louis Cardinals. Mr. Hardesty was a truck driver for FedEx Freight for 20 years.
Those left to mourn the passing of Mr. Hardesty include: his wife, Kim Hardesty, Dixon; his mother and step-father, Carol and Jim Helton, Dixon; two sons, Thomas W. Hardesty, III and Garrett Hardesty, both of Dixon; two daughters and one son-in-law, Jennifer Hardesty, St. James and Jessica and David Wiles, Dixon; one grandson, Shane Wiles, Dixon; two sisters, Jacquie Murdock and husband, Mike, Rolla and Linda Hardesty, Dixon; one step-brother, Daniel Cramer and friend, Daphanie, Brinktown; two step-sisters, Joanne Rollins and husband, Larry, Lake Ozark and Alice Wiles and husband, Randy, Dixon; sisters-in-law, Karen Rowden Watson, Harrison, Arkansas and Carolyn Sterzik, Arnold; nephews, Cody Watson and Colton Watson, Harrison, Arkansas; and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were conducted for Mr. Hardesty at 11:00 a.m., Monday, October 31, 2011, in the Long-Kloeppel Funeral Chapel, Dixon, with Rev. Dennis Nichols, Victory hill Baptist Church, Dixon, officiating. Special selections of "Someday", "I Can Only Imagine" and "Go Rest High On That Mountain" were played for the funeral service.
Interment was in the Hardesty Family Cemetery, near Dixon, under the direction of the Long-Kloeppel Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Dixon. Pallbearers for Mr. Hardesty were Jerry Crawford, Kevin McNeil, Jody Anderson, Cody Watson, Vince Wans, Pat McNeil, Dennis Lachowicz, Keith Pontious and Kevin Pontious. Honorary Pallbearers were the members of the Dixon Fire Department.

Memorials may be made in memory of Mr. Thomas William Hardesty, II with envelopes available at the Long-Kloeppel Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Dixon.


If words could discribe Dad it would be loving, caring, hardworking, and great. There are more words to discribe him but this is what came off to me first. Dad had so much to live for but God had other plans for him in his kingdom.

Dad always worked hard to support his family, being a truck driver wasnt so easy but he stayed with it because he was good at it and always told me, "I stay driving because it is what im good at so why leave something that your good at even though you dont like it." Dad obtained several safty awards with Fed-Ex for having no accidents and keeping a good driving record along with being on the Fed-Ex Presidents safty board. Dad hated to sit in that truck on a weekly basis but he did it for us but loved the guys he did work with and liked to joke around with them. However we all knew if he was late getting home to watch out because that blow-out made him in a bad mood, you never knew what time he would get home then because there was no ETA of the fix-it man. LOL One of his pals told me I-44 isnt the same without him.

Dad was famous for his Sunday BBQs, he would personally go out a cut hickory off the trees and use it instead of buying the hickory seasoned wood to grill with. His potoato sald was great however he never used a recipie and just did everything on his own. He loved to cook. I remember he would wake up early on the weekends and have breakfast waiting for us. He loved being the chef on the Holidays and taking credit for it.

He also loved the country life, deer season was a serious deal. LOL. Dad loved anything to do with deer season and fishing. I remember he would take his Bible out with him to his deer stand and read it while he was hunting. The first week of July was always out camping vacation. When we would go camping there was always a float trip involved and sometimes exploring a cave.

My Dad tought us so much about life. He is greatly missed. I dont know how many people will read this but if you do just know he was really a great person. He also loved Jesus.


Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft starlight at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.


It broke my heart to lose you,
But you did not go alone.
Part of me went with you, the day God
called you home. A million times I've thought of you, a million times I've cried. If loving could have saved you,
you would have never died.
Forgive me Lord, I'll always weep, for
the Dad I loved but could not keep.


I know this man
Who is dear to my heart
Suddenly one day
It was torn all apart

This man taught me everything
That I needed to know
But I never really listened
Until he had to go

He gave me love
And touched my life
It's all over now
He no longer has to fight

He tried to teach me
Right for wrong
The day he left
I wasn't that strong

He is gone now
It is hard to believe
This man is my dad
Who I will never see

But I will see him again
This I know
The day will come
When it's time for me to go

So, I'll hold him dear
And close to my heart
Cause the day we meet
I know we'll never be torn apart.


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  • Created by: Jessica Marie
  • Added: 28 Oct 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 79418136
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Thomas William “Gold Star” Hardesty, II (2 Oct 1963–27 Oct 2011), Find A Grave Memorial no. 79418136, citing Hardesty Family Cemetery, Franks, Pulaski County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Jessica Marie (contributor 47028203) .