Taken too soon from us, Jake lived life to the fullest. A devoted spouse, father, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend to so many who were blessed to have had his heart and sense of humor touch their lives. All those who knew Jake knew that his number one priority and accomplishment was his beautiful daughter Amelia. The bond that these two shared was unsurpassed. Their many adventures in life included their love of the outdoors, sports and of course Mexican Cuisine.
Many of us remember Jake for his ferocious presence on the local and national tennis circuit. The fear that one would have to meet Jake on the court was a reality that many of us shared! When not spending his free time on the tennis court, Jake was often fishing with family. Somehow, he always “caught the big one” when he was by himself!
His deep blue eyes and devilish smile were merely the surface of what was a wonderful caring heart, mind, and soul. In times of sadness many would turn to Jake for his reliable wit and humor, only to remind us that there is always light at the end of the tunnel.
“Forgive, O Lord my little jokes on Thee, and I’ll forgive Thy great big one on me.”-Robert Frost
Jake was a graduate of Belleville East High School and received his Bachelor of Arts from Southern Illinois University, where he excelled as a scholar athlete.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Carolyn, nee Gass, Hardimon.
He is survived by his significant other, Sasha Courtney; a daughter, Amelia Hardimon; two brothers, Joseph (Sara) Hardimon and John Hardimon; and a sister, Sarah Hardimon.
Memorials may be made to the Amelia Hardimon College Fund, in care of Amelia Hardimon. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, March 28, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.
Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, March 28, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Deacon Corby Valentine officiating.