Graveside services will be held Saturday, August 25th at 10:30 a.m. at the West Side District Cemetery

Graveside services will be held Saturday, August 25th at 10:30 a.m. at the West Side District Cemetery in Taft, CA. Elvin Hardy Gilbreath passed away on Tuesday, August 21, 2012 in Bakersfield, California. Hardy was born in Acorn, Missouri on August 12, 1926 to parents Harry and Ida Mae Gilbreath. The family moved to Fellows, California when Hardy was a small child. He attended grade school in Fellows, then Taft for his High School education. During his teenage years he loved and participated in Boxing and won the coveted Golden Glove. In 1942 he enlisted in the Navy and served in World War II until the end of the conflict. While in the Navy he boxed and won several tournaments, both on board ship and during port assignments. Hardy learned his trade as a certified electrician during these years serving his country. While still in the service, he married Betty Jean Clouser on February 26, 1944 making their home in Taft, California, both during and after the War. After his completion of service in the Navy in 1945, he worked for Standard Oil Company and Chevron until his retirement in 1987. Hardy enjoyed hunting, fishing, mountain life and had a deep interest in American history. With his love and enjoyment of history he spent many of his retirement years reading about American history and later traveled throughout many civil war sites and national historical areas. Hardy married Emma Stover Pallett on August 20, 1975 and lived several years in Shaver Lake, California before moving to Bakersfield. Hardy was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Mabel Raider; and his first wife, Betty Gilbreath. Hardy is survived by his wife, Emma; a younger brother, Thomas Gilbreath; and his four children, John (Barbara) Gilbreath, Sherry (Robert) Clark, Debra Paine and Janice (Robert) Poole. Hardy was blessed with 11 grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. There is no visitation scheduled. Military honors will be accorded for the ceremony. The arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. To sign an online condolence please visit