Jerome E. (Jake) Hardy, 50, Milroy, Pa., passed away unexpectedly Sept. 30, 2021 due to complications from a brief illness. Born May 21, 1971 in Roaring Springs, Pa., he was the son of Dennis and Rebecca Colpetzer Hardy, who survive in Alum Bank, Pa.

Jake graduated from Everett High School, Everett, Pa., in 1989, and served in the U. S. Marine Corps from 1989-1993 when he was honorably discharged. He was also a graduate of Penn State Altoona. He was most recently employed as a dairy nutritionist for Wenger Group, Reams, Pa.

He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He always had a smile or an “off the wall” comment for everyone he met. Jake loved anything doing with farming and cows.

He is survived by his fiancée, Rebecca Walizer, with whom he lived; a son, Tucker E. (Becca) Hardy, Petersburg, Pa.; a stepson, Kyle (Megan) Heckert, Aspers, Pa.; two sisters, Janice (Kevin) Davis and Jill (Todd) Gordon, both of Alum Bank, Pa.; a brother, Jim (Peg) Hardy, Williamsburg, Pa.; one grandson, Reid Hardy, Petersburg, Pa.; also nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews , aunts, uncles and friends. He was preceded in death by one son, Sterling A. Hardy, and several other family members.

A Celebration of Life will be held Nov. 6, 2021, at 1 p.m., in the Milroy Fire House, Milroy, Pa., with a meal to follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to an FFA program, a 4-H program or any dairy cow show of the donor’s choosing.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Dean K. Wetzler, Jr. Funeral Home, 320 Main St., Mill Hall, PA 17751

Online condolences at www.wetzlerfuneralhome.org.