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Donald L. Hardesty

Donald L. Hardesty died Saturday, Aug. 27, at the DVA Medical Center in Albany, N.Y. He was 80 years old.Donald was born in Scotia, N.Y., on Aug. 16, 1925, the son of Llewelyn and Lois Hardesty. An Army veteran of World War II, he was awarded a Purple Heart.Donald worked for Rocky Mountain Gas Co. in Aspen for many years. Upon his retirement, he resided in both Sandpoint, Idaho, and Thailand, returning to New York in 2001. He was a world traveler and interested in the environment. He enjoyed skiing, hiking and spending time in the outdoors.Donald was predeceased by a daughter, Sheryl Hardesty. Survivors include his two daughters, Pamela Hardesty of Tucson, Ariz., and Donna Higley of Ballston Spa, N.Y.; his sister, Elaine (Charles) Turnbull of Scotia; and five grandchildren, Holly Deutchman, Catherine Higley, Clare Higley, Matthew Searl and Sarah Hardesty. He is also survived by three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.A service with full military honors will take place at 2 p.m. Friday at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Saratoga, N.Y. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 260 Osborne Road, Loudonville, N.Y. 12211, or DVA Medical Center, 113 Holland Ave., Albany, N.Y. 12208.

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