Lance Hardt

Feb. 24, 1972 — July 28, 2019

A funeral service will be held for Lance Warren Hardt at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, at the First United Methodist Church, Algona. Visitation was held 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31, at Oakcrest Funeral Services, Algona.

Lance was born Feb. 24, 1972, in Fairmont, Minn., to parents Robert and Inez “Ike” (Ewing) Hardt. He grew up in Swea City and graduated from Swea City High School.

He married Teresa Kiess on May 18, 1996, in Swea City. They moved to and lived in Algona to raise their family.

In 2002, Lance embarked on what was to be a much-loved career when he was hired as a 911 dispatcher for Kossuth County. He was passionate about his job, enjoying the challenges and the variety that each day brought. Lance’s dedication and commitment to his career was second to none and a great source of pride for him. While Lance was generally a private person, the connections he made as a dispatcher and a sheriff’s reserve officer brought him many wonderful and very close friendships with his co-workers.

He had a wide variety of interests that ranged from all forms of technology and being a self-professed computer geek, to the outdoor activities of fishing, racing and the shooting range. He had a great love for movies and popcorn and playing his XBox. However, at the top of the list of favorite things was his 1986 Monte Carlo.

Lance died on Sunday, July 28, 2019, at his home in Algona. He was 47.

Lance is survived by his wife, Teresa, of Algona; children, Steven Kiess of Ames and Cheyanne Hardt of Madison, S.D.; parents, Robert and Ike Hardt of Des Moines; brother, Ryan (Kristin) Hardt of Des Moines; mother-in-law, Anne Kiess of Algona; sister-in-law, Kathi (Chris) Paden of Fairfield Bay, Ark.; nieces and nephews, Grace and Max Hardt of Des Moines and Conner and Tessa Paden of Fairfield Bay, Ark.; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his father-in-law, Robert “Bob” Kiess.

Online condolences may be left at

Kossuth County Advance

14 E. Nebraska St.

Algona, IA 50511  

Phone: (515) 295-3535

Fax: (515) 295-7217

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