Ivan Ewald Hardt, 86, of Cedar Rapids, formerly of Garnavillo, died Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, at St. Luke's Hospital. A service will be held at a later date at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids. Interment at Garnavillo Cemetery.
Survivors include his beloved wife,
Doris; sons, Evan Hardt of Des Moines and Brett (Julie) Hardt of Buffalo, Minn.; grandchildren, Aaron Shupert of Cedar Rapids, Bryce (Ashley) Hardt of Aviano, Italy, Erik (Ashley) Hardt of Grimes and Tristan Hardt of Buffalo, Minn.; nephew, Bob (Vickie) Hardt; niece, Susan (Clarence) Pund; and great-grandchildren, Eiler Hardt of Grimes and Autumn and Eli Hardt of Aviano, Italy.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Marie and Ewald Hardt; his brothers, Harold Hardt and Aaron Hardt; and daughter, Monica Hardt.
Ivan was born June 6, 1932, in St. Olaf, Iowa. He married his wife, Doris, on June 24, 1954. Ivan graduated in three years from Iowa State University with a degree in electrical engineering. He had a rewarding career with Collins Radio and Rockwell International for 26 years and was part of many of the important innovations with regard to SATCOM/SINGAR communication technology for the Apollo program as well as radar defense systems in the military. After retiring, he wanted to explore GPS technology for farming and built his own business, GPS Crop Systems. He enjoyed working with people who wanted to find a better way of doing something, not just the easy way. He had many interests and projects: barn and mill restoration, bed and breakfast operations and Civil War history. He was an active Lincoln scholar who reviewed and presented papers and a Lincoln marker in Winchester, Ill. He was instrumental in spreading the word about conservation and no-till farming on his own farms and enjoyed nature, birds and proper forest management. He also was on the historical Motor Mill board.
He loved the St. Louis Cardinals and was an avid ISU fan. He enjoyed the many cats he had over the years, Timmy, Morris and Oreo. He wanted to build a legacy for historical purposes but also wanted to have a loving foundation within the family for generations to come.
He will be deeply missed by all of us and his loving hand that intervened in tough times but drew us close for celebration. The family asks in lieu of flowers that memorials be given to Our Savior Lutheran Church and Garnavillo Historical Museum.