88, passed quietly while sleeping on
Mr. Hardiman spent his final years as a resident of the Alpha Nursing Home in
Mr. Hardiman left Patoka as an adult and served in the US Army in WW II as one of the brave soldiers who drove the Red Ball Express. His courage earned him a Medal of Bravery and also the loss of three fingers.
After leaving the military, Melvin worked most of his life as a carpenter and lived in
His bright smile and loving jovial presence will be missed. In the words of one his favorite hymns, he would always sing to us as children may he find “Peace in the Valley”
Survivors include aunts, Pauline Dulin of Evansville, Grace Bateman of Los Angeles, Calif.; sister, Alberta H. Robinson, Indianapolis; brother, Horace Hardiman, Indianapolis, Malcolm Hardiman of San Francisco, Calif.; sisters-in-law, Ruth Hardiman, Indianapolis, Pat Hardiman of Toledo, Ohio; sons, Bertis Paul Hardiman and Michael Hardiman both of Chicago, Ill., Lloyd LaDon Hardiman of Atlanta, Ga.; Melvin Lynnis Hardiman of St. Paul, Minn.; and several grandchildren; great-grand children; nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by
brothers, Garwood Von and Lloyd Hardiman; and
daughter, Lynn Ellen Hardiman.
Funeral services will be
Visitation will be Thursday at the chapel.