Melvin Hardiman, 88, passed quietly while sleeping on Thursday Jan. 1, 2009.

July 8, 1921 in Lyles Station, he was the son of Ora and Henry Hardiman,

Mr. Hardiman spent his final years as a resident of the Alpha Nursing Home in
Indianapolis. A series of strokes placed him in the care of a nursing home. For all who knew Melvin “Fuzz” Hardiman, his earthly presence will be missed.

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
Chicago, Ill. The loss of three fingers didn't stop him from earning the reputation of a carpenter who could drive more nails than a man with two good hands.

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
7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, at Grundy Memorial Chapel, 2357 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St., Indianapolis.

Visitation will be
5-7 p.m. Thursday at the chapel.