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Originally published Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 4:25 PM

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Memorial service Saturday for West Seattle native Richard Hard

Richard Hard was a star defensive tackle at West Seattle High School who was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 11th round of the 1964 NFL draft.

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A funeral service will be held Saturday in West Seattle for Richard Hard, a star defensive lineman known as "The Gentle Giant" for the Seattle Ramblers and Seattle Rangers semipro football teams in the 1960s.

Hard died Nov. 13 in St. Anthony, Idaho, at the age of 70. The service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at First Lutheran Church of West Seattle, 4105 California Ave. S.W.

Hard, who was 6 feet 4, weighed 300 pounds as a player. He graduated from West Seattle High School in 1960 and was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 11th round of the 1964 NFL draft, but didn't play in the NFL.

He was a Pacific Football League all-star defensive tackle for the Ramblers in 1966, and played three seasons for the Rangers in the Continental Football League.

He coached youth baseball and basketball with the West Seattle Boys Club and was director of the West Seattle Boys Club at High Point.

Hard worked as a pile driver in Seattle before moving to Alaska and, in 2010, to Idaho.

Hard died from vascular dementia, the result of blows to the head during his football career, said his brother Dean Hard, of West Seattle.

Hard is survived by his wife Sharon, his daughters Kristina and Anna, Sharon's children Jeffrey and Alisha, four grandchildren, his brother Dean, sister Nancy and a niece and nephew.

Contributions in his memory can be made to local Boys & Girls Clubs.

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