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Harold Edward Hardin, 78, passed this week in his long time home in Lake Waukomis, Missouri.
November 18, 1938 in Muskogee, Oklahoma, Ed was the youngest of three born to Harold Brady and Marjorie Jayne Ellis Hardin. He attended Central High School in Muskogee, and graduated from Will Rogers High in Tulsa in 1955. While proudly serving eight years in the US Army, he studied at the University of Tulsa and George Washington University, and was a USDS graduate. In 1957, he moved to the nation's capital in where he met his life's love, Bonnie Sue Osburn. They married March 17, 1962 and had two children, Karen Deane and Harold Wesley. In 1972, he moved his family from Virginia to Lake Waukomis, Missouri where he spent the next 47 years as a pillar in the community.
An avid softball player, switch hitter, and a wicked left-handed first-baseman, Ed was also known as "Coach Hardin" to his girls softball and boys basketball teams from 1972-1981. At the core of his actions and interests was a life-long love of learning. Ed was fascinated by stories in every form, and was never without something to read. He was a keen observer of nature, and a lover of the written word; he supported every library in the Kansas City Area (and a few in Florida), and subscribed to a couple dozen periodical publications. After retiring, Ed travelled the country in his motor home with wife, Bonnie for 17 years. He enjoyed cookingand eatingand sharing his experiences with those he loved. His appetite for life and knowledge could be heard in his stories, and felt in his presence. Ed spent his life in the very best manner: building a loving home, taking great pride in his family, and always in search of good conversation.
He is preceded in death by parents, his wife and son, and sister Anne Hardin Strauss. He is survived by his sister Joyce Hardin Rohde, daughter Karen and husband Brian Brunk, grandsons Phen Hardin, Ellis Hardin, Kelly Brunk, Corey Brunk and wife Lindsay Meyer, granddaughter Lindsay and husband Christopher Cardwell, and great-grandson Ryder Cardwell.
The family will receive friends from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., Friday, October 20, 2017 at Platte Woods United Methodist Church. The funeral service celebrating Harold's life will follow at 2:00 p.m. at the church. Memorial contributions are suggested to Friends of Parkville Animal Shelter (F.O.P.A.S.). Memories of Harold and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com
Published on October 19, 2017
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