Ernest Lee Hardy

| August 8, 2022

Ernest Lee Hardy, III, 53, died Sunday, July 31, 2022 at the Coshocton Regional Medical Center.

He was born April 3, 1969 in Owensboro, KY to the late Ernest Lee Hardy, Jr. and Mabel Louise Bunch Cain.

Ernie loved the outdoors, gardening and being a handyman, although he was humble about it. He claimed he wasn’t good (“If we can’t fix, throw it away”), but he usually was able to repair just about anything. He was a best friend to many.

He is survived by his children, Heather Hardy, Erica Centeno, Claire Hardy, Christy Hardy, Jenna Harrison and Jacob Hardy, and his wife Leslie, all of Owensboro, KY; sisters, Ann (Bill) Sammons of Coshocton, Brandy Roberts of Texas, Robin Freshwater of Owensboro, KY, and Michelle (Forest) McCannon of Owensboro, KY; a brother, Timothy Freshwater of Owensboro, KY; and several nieces & nephews.

Visitation was held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022 at the Fischer Funeral Home in Warsaw. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations and condolences may be submitted on Ernie’s obituary page at the funeral home website,

Category: Obituaries

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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