Wolf Point Herald

Mark Hardy

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Edwin Mark Hardy, 60, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014.  
He was born Oct. 19, 1953, to Ed and Mary Hardy of Sidney. He grew up on the family farm and dairy near Sidney and graduated from Sidney High School in 1972.
He attended college at Montana State University in Bozeman and graduated in 1977 with a degree in ag business. He met Rita Cusker while attending college, and they were married in December 1976.
He worked for the Peavey elevator in Wolf Point for several years and then was promoted to assistant manager of the Shelby elevator and then manager of the Peavey elevator in Cut Bank. He had a strong desire to succeed and won trips to Hawaii and Aruba based on his sales figures.
He and Rita returned to Wolf Point in 1983 to run the family ranch. He liked seeing things grow.  He worked on getting irrigation systems set up so there would be moisture even in the dry years, and he loved to see a good field of alfalfa hay.
He enjoyed working with the livestock, both cattle and horses, and could talk for hours about his plans for the ranch.
He was a capable do-it-yourselfer and was able to figure out a way  to accomplish most fix-it jobs.  
Children Quinn, Megan and Vanessa were born and he enjoyed being part of their activities.
In 1989, they started a small business called Advantage Line from a room in their home. It later moved to an office in Wolf Point and then a bigger office in Williston, N.D., with satellite offices in Glendive, Billings and Havre, employing 600 people at its peak.
In 1994, the family moved to Williston, N.D., to be closer to their business.
He was a big fan of rodeo and spent a lot of time on the road driving the children to and from high school rodeos. He was National High School Rodeo director for North Dakota for many years and really enjoyed the people he met during that time, both in North Dakota and as a director at the national events. He was proud to watch all three children compete at the High School National Finals Rodeo.
He retired from Advantage Line in 2005 and started spending more time at the ranch in Wolf Point, irrigating and making hay. He did business consulting and worked for Agri-Industries for awhile.  He liked to stay abreast of the latest technology and was always interested in business, particularly as it related to agriculture.
He enjoyed his children and was thrilled to have three grandchildren.
 He is survived by his wife, Rita Hardy; son, Quinn Hardy; daughters, Megan Helmer and Vanessa Hardy; and three grandchildren, all of Wolf Point.  
He was preceded in death by an infant brother.
Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, July 29, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Wolf Point. Interment was at the Greenwood Cemetery in Wolf Point. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel of Wolf Point was entrusted with the arrangements.