Sunday, July 7, 2013
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HUNTER "SONNY" NILO HARDEN

Hunter "Sonny" Nilo Harden passed away on Friday, July 5, 2013, with his immediate family by his side, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Sonny was born in Key West, Florida on March 11, 1935, to the late Ruth and Hunter Harden, grandson of Dr. Nilo Pintado. He graduated from Key West High School in 1953 and subsequently the Dallas Institute - Gupton Jones College of Mortuary Science in 1954. He was a member of the State Board of Funeral Directors and Pi Sigma Eta Fraternity.

In 1953, Sonny founded Key West Oxygen Service from his parents' garage. He married Sandra Yvonne Warren in 1957 and had three sons. After his marriage to Sandra and while maintaining Key West Oxygen, in 1957 he moved to Miami, Florida and briefly worked at Ahern Plummer Funeral Home. Sonny and Sandra moved their business to 927 Eaton Street after his return from Miami and in 1978 to its final home on Maloney Avenue in Stock Island, Florida. Sonny and his wife retired in 1997 after 44 years of business.

His wife, Sandra Yvonne Harden, preceded Sonny in death in 2011. They enjoyed vacationing in North Carolina at their second home. Sonny was also an admirer of classic vehicles. He enjoyed working with his hands and made his and Sandra's garage into a vehicle rebuild and repair shop. Some of his most prized possessions were his Cushman scooters.

Three sons, Scott, Marc (Sheri) and Michael; his brother Gregory; four grandchildren, Brittani, Kendal, Shelby, and Zachary Harden; sister-in-law Wanda (Bill) Garrison; and numerous cousins and dear friends survive Sonny.

Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday, July 8, 2013 at the Dean-Lopez Funeral Home Chapel with services immediately following. The burial will follow in the Key West Cemetery