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Jeffrey Hardy


Jeffrey Hardy, age 36, "NINIGAABII'NOOGAABAW" which means "He Who Stands in the West" of the Bullhead Clan, died unexpectedly November 29th, 2011 at his home in Vineland, MN on the Mille Lacs Reservation.

Jeffrey was born on January 10th, 1975 in Cass Lake, MN to Marlene Poukka and Howard Hardy Sr. Jeffrey grew up in Cass Lake, MN. He attended school in Cass Lake, Brainerd and Minneapolis. Before moving to Mille Lacs, he worked for many years at the Palace Casino Hotel and Northern Lights Casino as a line cook. He was also a self-taught auto mechanic. He worked in other fields as a firefighter and a construction worker. He enjoyed spending time with his children and his significant other. He also enjoyed cooking, attending ceremonies, listening to music, singing and writing.

Jeffrey is survived by his mother, Marlene Poukka of Vineland, MN, special friend; Leona Ambrose of St. Cloud, MN, children: Kertis Hardy of Brainerd, MN, Andrew Hardy of Brainerd, MN, Jeffrey Hardy of Deer River, MN, Sara Hardy of Deer River, MN and Jelyssa Johnson of Onigum, MN, brothers; Howard Hardy of Fairbault, MN, David Hardy of Fairbault, MN and Allen Hardy of Cass Lake, MN, sisters; Carol Henderson of Marshall, MN, Yvonne Hardy of Cass Lake, MN, Cynthia Guernsey of Brainerd, MN and Mary Wenell of Duluth, MN, numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his father Howard Hardy, Sr., brothers; James Hardy and Daniel Hardy and his daughter Savannah Hardy.

A wake for Jeffrey will begin Friday, December 2, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. at the Veteran's Memorial Building in Cass Lake, MN. Traditional funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 3rd, 2011. Spiritual Leader will be Lee Staples. Pallbearers for Jeffrey will be Kyle Brown, Michael Cutbank, Norman Cutbank, Devon Hardy, Allen Hardy and Ethan Hardy. Honorary pallbearers are Alexia Cutbank, Sara Hardy, Autumn Hardy, Jelyssa Johnson, Tylise Maurstad and Tiffany Hardy. Interment will be at Porcupine Cemetery in Cass Lake/Mission area following the service. Please do not bring cut flowers, bring live plants instead.

Arrangements entrusted to Northern Peace Funeral Home of Walker. Online condolences may be left for the family at


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