Les R. Hardwick
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Les R. Hardwick
  • May 27, 1940 - June 21, 2017
  • Pleasantville, Ohio

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Leslie Ray Hardwick, Sr., passed away from this life on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 after an extended illness. He was born May 27, 1940 to Kenneth and Frances Hardwick. He was the older of their four sons. He graduated from Rushcreek Memorial High School in 1958 and served in the Air Force from 1958-1962 where he was an aircraft mechanic. He retired from Ohio Paperboard in 1995 where he was a stationary boiler engineer.
He is survived by his best friend and loving wife of 26 years, Janice; his son Les Jr. (Denise Robberts) and daughter, Lisa Hardwick-VanVelsor of Sugar Grove; two step sons, Shayne West of Portland, OR and Trent West of Columbus, OH. Also surviving are his six grandchildren, Torry (Carrie) Olive, Alexandria Hardwick (Steve Faulkner), Elizabeth Hardwick, Emily Hardwick, Olivia Eckols and Nick Lax; and four great grandchildren, Eli and Piper Olive and Colby and Luna Hardwick. Also surviving are his brother, Charles (Esther), Chillicothe, Oh and sister-in-law, Cheryl Hardwick of Lancaster, OH and Cesaria Hardwick, Delaware, OH, and Josephine Wilkins, Pleasantville; also, his uncle, Lloyd (Evelyn) Hardwick of Lancaster, OH and many special nieces and nephews. He will be missed by his two beloved dogs, Molly and Murphy.
Les was preceded in death by his father and mother and his brothers, James and Jerry.
Les was an avid fisherman, spending many hours at this favorite past time. He was a talented woodworker making many treasures for his family. He loved creating bowls out of trees that he had cut down. He was honored to have made a bowl for Olivedale Senior Center to display in their lobby from a 200 year old oak tree on their property. He and Janice spent a great deal of time traveling in their fifth wheel after they retired, including a memorable trip when they drove it to Alaska.
The family would like to thank the Lancaster VA Home Based Primary Care Team, especially Nina Myers and Jayme Johnson, for their great care and concern for him.
A time to visit with family and friends will be from 3 to 5 p.m., Sunday, June 25, 2017 at the HALTEMAN-FETT & DYER FUNERAL HOME, Broad St., Lancaster. Dignity Cremation will follow with burial at a later date in Grandview Cemetery, Bremen.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to the Ohio Health Stroke Network or the American Cancer Society in his memory.