Lloyd Darwin Hardisty, the son of Forrest Henry and Frances Marie (Dillon) Hardisty, was born May 30, 1927 on a farm in Hebron, Iowa. Darwin entered eternal rest December 25, 2016, at his home in rural Corning, Iowa, at the age of eighty-nine years, six months, and twenty-five days.
Darwin received his education in the County Schools of Adams County. He was united in marriage to Margaret Marie Baker on December 17, 1949 at the Baptist Parsonage in Corning, Iowa. Two children were born to bless this union: Denise and Doug. Darwin entered the United States Army on February 4, 1952, and served his country During the Korean War. He was stationed in Germany as part of the Occupation Forces. He received the Occupation Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. He was honorably discharged on January 15, 1954.
Following his military service, Darwin spent his entire life in Adams County farming. His operation concentrated mostly on livestock, including hogs and cattle. Darwin “loved” his cattle. He would take pleasure just watching them huddle at the feed bunk and listening to them eat their corn.
Darwin and Margaret loved to travel and they took three trips to Europe as well as travelling across the United States. Darwin was active in several organizations. He was a member of the Williamson American Legion and a former member of the Nishna Valley Rock Club of Atlantic. He also belonged to a group of Corning men who collected various coins. Darwin was an avid deer hunter and collected Indian relics with great passion. He learned late in life to water ski and really enjoyed time on the lake with his family. He took special pride in teaching his grandchildren to fish. Darwin was known for his quick smile and humor. His family was central to his life and he will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Left to cherish Darwin’s memory is his loving wife of 67 years, Margaret, of Corning, Iowa. daughter: Denise Edelman (Roger Van Ranst), Shoreview, Minnesota; son: Darwin Douglas (Carol) Hardisty, Corning, Iowa; granddaughters: Rachel Hardisty, Des Moines, Iowa; Vickie (Wade) Beckwith, Corning, Iowa; one great-granddaughter: Kolyn Beckwith; brother: Don Hardisty, Corning, Iowa; brother-in-law: Larry (Phyllis) Baker, North English, Iowa; sisters-in-law: Mary Hardisty, Texas; Catherine Bristow, Creston, Iowa; Sue Baker, Creston, Iowa; Shirley Calvin, Creston, Iowa; Bonnie Baker, Creston, Iowa; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
Preceding Darwin in death were his parents; brother: Delmar Hardisty, sister-in-law: Donna Hardisty; brothers-in-law: Dick Baker; Riley Bristow; and Kenny Calvin.