March 21, 1940 – February 21, 2019
Daryl was born to Lowell Kinney Hardes and Christine (Chandler) Hardes, both deceased. He leaves 2 brothers, Thomas Glen Hardes, 77, of Eldred, Pennsylvania and Eustis,Florida. Charles Mathew Hardes, of Billings, Montana. One sister, Jane Leona Hardes, formerly of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, died early at age 47, leaving four children. Daryl leaves a wife of 52 years, Connie (Johnson), formerly of Camden, New York, now at their home in Greece, New York.
There are a number of very special nieces and nephews: Hannah Smith-Brubaker of Mifflin, Pa., Mark Smith of Huntsville, Alabama, Eric Smith of Rack Creek, Kentucky, and Judy Smith, of Philadelphia, Pa; all children of Glenn and Jane (Hardes) Smith, both deceased. Kristin Hardes-Yehl, of Portville, N.Y. and Tracy Hardes of East Rochester, N.Y.; both children of Thomas and Gail (Asel) Hardes. Mathew Charles (“Chuck”) Hardes, of Billings, Montana and Jonathan (Jon) Hardes, of Flagstaff, Arizona; both children of Charles and Catherine(Baker) Hardes, of Billings, Montana.
Daryl graduated High School in Port Allegany, Pa., where he was born. At an early age he attended the Evangelical United Brethren Church with his family which gave him a solid grounding for pre-ministerial training in a Bible Seminary near NYC. After the first year, he transferred to Houghton College and then to Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester from where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in English.
Daryl and Connie got married on March 25, 1967.
For many years he was President of the Rochester UFO Club. Daryl showed a keen interest in studying this phenomenon, applying the best of science to his study of "experiencers."
His interest in the Bible continued, leading him to take Hebrew at Colgate Rochester Divinity School. After finishing his course he regularly visited the library at Colgate continuing his research. His writings await publishing, and will one day deserve serious study. Playing the piano was a daily habit for Daryl, often creating his own musical composition. To his nieces and nephews, Uncle Daryl would never fail to engage them in family gatherings at a game of softball or a crushing game of Table Tennis at which he excelled. Daryl came to be known throughout his life for his humble and friendly ways.
He is missed, but his spirit lives on.
Calling Hours will be held from 2-4 PM on Saturday, May 18th at New Comer Cremations & Funerals, 2636 Ridgeway Ave where Daryl’s Memorial Service will follow at 4 PM and all are welcome to attend.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the:
Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School
1100 S Goodman Street
Rochester, NY 14620
Immanuel Baptist Church
815 Park Ave.
Rochester, NY 14607
or to a favorite charity of your choice.