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Lyle Kenton Hardesty

Lyle Kenton Hardesty, formerly of Stapleton, Nebraska. passed away Friday, June 21, 2019, in Fremont, Nebraska.

Born in Hyannis, Nebraska, on July 20, 1941, to George Kenton and Enid LaVon Hardesty, Lyle attended various country schools in McPherson and Hooker Counties. In May 1955, he moved with his family to southeast McPherson County where his parents had purchased a ranch. Lyle graduated from Stapleton High School in 1959. Despite having received a Regents’ Scholarship to the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Lyle attended Kearney State Teacher’s College (now the University of Nebraska at Kearney).

Lyle graduated from Kearney State College in 1963 with a Bachelor’s in education degree with a major in English. He taught one year at Eddyville, Nebraska. When that school closed, he moved to Milligan, Nebraska where he taught six years, while completing a Master’s in education from Kearney State College. He then moved to Snyder, Nebraska where he taught until that school consolidated with the Scribner schools in 1987. He taught at the consolidated schools of Scribner and Snyder until he retired in the early 2010s. In total he taught more than 45 years, including such subjects as English, music, art, choir, speech, science, and Spanish. He also served at times as a guidance counselor and principal at Snyder.

While living in Snyder, he also completed four Master’s degrees and an Educational Specialist degree from Wayne State University. Even after retirement he continued to take classes at the Metro Community College and became a certified nursing assistant (CNA).

Multi-talented, Lyle painted murals on and in several buildings in Snyder and nearby towns, including the Snyder post office and the Snyder Mini-Mart, the West Point fire station, and in the interior of the Scribner high school. Regarding his murals, he once commented, “I’ve left my mark. My mark will be around long after I’m gone.” For several years he gave private organ, guitar, piano, and vocal lessons, until his physician advised him to slow down. Even in retirement he would occasionally surprise the Scribner-Snyder teachers with a homecooked meal. His other loves included gardening and adopting dogs from the Dodge County Humane Society in Fremont, Nebraska.

Lyle is survived by a sister, Jan Augustyn of Lincoln, and a brother Larry and his wife, Carol, of Kearney. He was preceded in death by both parents, twin sisters (who died soon after birth), and a brother-in-law.

He also left behind several generations of students in the Snyder-Scribner area to mourn his passing. One former student described him as follows, “He will always be remembered as the hardest teacher to walk the Snyder and Scribner-Snyder halls. Although he was the ‘dreaded’ instructor, he was also the most ‘loved,’ and could find some amusing ways to educate students.”

Memorial services were held on Friday, June 28, 2019, at the Snyder Auditorium.

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