LOUDONVILLE — Carl F. Hardesty, 88, of Loudonville, died Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, in Colonial Manor Health Care Center, following a six-month illness. Carl was born Sept. 5, 1925, in Mansfield, and was the son of the late Gilbert L. and Mary C. (Hazelett) Hardesty. He was a 1944 graduate of Loudonville High School and a US Navy veteran of World War II where he served on the merchant ship SS Julius Smith and the destroyer USS Haywood L. Edwards in the North Atlantic as a Signalman Second Class. He was employed four years with the Flxible Company and eight years with Westinghouse Electric in Mansfield, before working 27 years as the Loudonville High School custodian, retiring in January of 1986. Following retirement he spent ten years wintering in Florida with his wife, Norma Jeanne (Dailey) Hardesty, whom he married May 25, 1947. Carl was a member of the Loudonville Church of the Nazarene, American Legion Post 257, where he was a past Commander, VFW Post 8586, Hanover Lodge 115 F&AM, past American Legion 5th District Historian, and past president of the Loudonville-Perrysville Bowling Association.
He is survived by his wife, Norma Jeanne; five daughters and sons-in-law, Marianne and George “Bud” Dawson of Loudonville, Carlene and Ken Beck of Perrysville, Debra and Dave Vail of Fredericktown, Barbara and Jim Kollar of Cincinnati, and Betty Jo Neighbarger of Elkhorn, Ky.; 12 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; three half-brothers, Gene Harris of Mansfield, George “Bud” Hardesty of Zanesville, and Russell Hardesty of Ga.; and a half-sister, Cheryl Back of Frazeysburg. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Donald L. Hardesty; and a half-brother, Doyle Harris.
Funeral services will be held Monday, at 11 a.m., in the Loudonville Church of the Nazarene, conducted by Rev. David Radcliffe. Burial with military honors conducted by the American Legion and VFW will be in Loudonville Cemetery. Friends may call Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m., in Lindsey Funeral Home, Loudonville. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of North Central Ohio, 1050 Dauch Drive, Ashland, OH 44805; or Loudonville Church of the Nazarene, 509 North Union Street, Loudonville, OH 44842. Online condolences may be left for the Hardesty family by visiting www.Byerly-Lindsey.com.Copyright The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.