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John E. Hardwick, 88, of Crawfordsville, died Nov. 4, 2016.
Born in 1928, to the now late Lester and Opal Hardwick, he was a U.S. Navy veteran, having served in the Pacific theater during World War II.
He retired from the Allison Division of General Motors after 37 years of work there in management, statistics and reliability engineering. As part of his promotion of statistics, he wrote computer programs enabling machine operators to utilize statistics so as to improve the quality of their work.
After retirement, he and his wife built a home on Indian Creek and later, with his family, restored the Yount's Mill boarding house and entered it into the National Register of Historical Places. Then he and his wife operated it as a bed and breakfast for several years. As a hobby, he built model historical ships, model airplanes, etc., and he loved drawing house plans and the building/restoration of same, even part time before he retired.
Surviving are his wife, Arvilla (Pat) J. Hardwick; their three sons, John D., Gary D. and Michael A.; their daughter, Renee McCoskey; and one sister, Nancy (Rose) Walters. Also surviving are three grandsons, two granddaughters, four great-grandsons and three great-granddaughters. A brother, Wayne N. Hardwick, and sister, Anita R. Brieda, are deceased.
There will be a visitation Monday evening at Hunt and Son Funeral Home, in Crawfordsville; the specific time is available at www.huntandson.com or 765-362-0440.
Published on November 4, 2016
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