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John J. Hardy, Cmdr., USNR – May 26, 1922 – February 3, 2021

“Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth, put out my hand, and touched the face of God!”

John J Hardy, age 98, of Burr Ridge, Illinois, and WWII veteran of 23 years passed away Wednesday February 3, 2021 from complications with pneumonia. John was a veteran who served in both the Active and Navy Reserve. As a Navy pilot he was carrier qualified and led multiple air reconnaissance missions during his deployment in the Pacific Theater. Beloved husband of the late Marjorie D. Hardy of 66 years, loving father of Christine (Jeffrey) Atwell, Brian Hardy and Mark (Mary Beth) Hardy. Cherished Grandfather of 9; Great Grandfather of 15. He was a graduate of Loyola University, Los Angeles, and a devout Catholic. John had no siblings. He was raised by his mother, Rose, who passed away in 1965.
John was born in Chicago, May 26th, 1922. At age 3, he moved with his mother to Nebraska where they lived with his three aunts while completing his primary school education. He would then go on to attend Robert Bellarmine Prep School in Santa Clara, CA, before enrolling at Loyola University Los Angeles. After graduating from Loyola, he began his tour of duty with the U.S. Navy. Wedding bells followed on August 27th, 1949. John would relocate with his family to Hinsdale, IL, in the summer of 1964. He worked as an Aviation Claims Adjuster for 23 years at a prominent Chicago Law Firm. His passions included airplanes, baseball, music, and dogs. For a few years he assisted his son Brian as a Little League Coach in Burr Ridge. Regarded by many as a generous man of principle, John was also young at heart with a congenial personality, and a consistent instrument of peace. To those who knew him, John had become the example of what every man can be. He was the ‘possibility’. And we are forever grateful!


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Ceremony Details

Location Information

Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery Elwood (ILALNE)
20953 W Hoff Rd
Elwood, IL 60421
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December 18 at 12:00 pm, 2021

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Parking Instructions

For 2020 WAA there will be NO public ceremony due to COVID restrictions.  All wreaths sponsored will be placed by limited volunteers.  

Ceremony and Volunteer Information

All sponsored wreaths in 2020 will be placed throughout the day on December 16th-19th by limited volunteers. 

All volunteer and wreath placement spots are full.

If you have special requests, please contact the volunteer Location Coordinator at to make those arrangements

Please note, masks and gloves are required for this event.

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