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Obituary: Jon Roger Hardenbergh

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Jon Roger Hardenbergh (1950 – 2017)

Jon Roger Hardenbergh, 66, of Dubuque, died Sunday, May 7, 2017, at Unity Point Finley Hospital, from complications from Friedreich’s Ataxia, a rare, progressive neurological disease. A memorial service was held at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, May 11 at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd, Dubuque, IA. Friends may greet the family from 1 p.m. until the time of service.

Per his wishes, Jon donated his body to the University of Iowa. He is believed to be the oldest living person with this disease, outliving doctors’ projection by over 40 years.

Jon was born on June 9, 1950, son of Roger and Harriet Mae (Livingstone) Hardenbergh. He was raised and lived most of his life in Manchester, Michigan. Since the age of 12, he spent most of his life in a wheelchair and was confronted with every growing and complicated physical challenges. He graduated from Manchester High School in 1968 and became a professional photographer for his hometown newspaper, the Manchester Enterprise. Jon was dedicated to his charming hometown and was a vibrant part of the community, taking thousands of photographs of sporting events, village celebrations, and recording the daily life of a small town. He loved everything Michigan, including the Detroit Tigers, Lions, and Red Wings. He is survived by his brother in law, Peter Wimsatt; his uncle David (Reta) Livingstone; and numerous cousins.

Jon was preceded in death by his parents, Roger and Harriet Mae; and sister Gretchen Wimsatt. Memorials may be directed to Sunnycrest Manor, 2375 Roosevelt, Dubuque, IA 52001. To leave an online condolence, please visit

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