Bardin, Walter Ray Born the middle son of seven boys and two girls, to Walter Drue and Bertha Faye Bardin, in McAlister, Oklahoma, on April 18, 1927, and passed away on February 4, 2014. He graduated from Crozier Tech High School and attended Southern Methodist University. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1945, serving on his beloved battleship, USS New Jersey. He is a past president of the White Rock Kiwanis Club; was a Sunday School worker and Deacon of the Shiloh Terrace Baptist Church for over fifty years; was awarded a PTA lifetime membership for his service to the Dallas Independent School District while serving as liaison officer between the Dallas Police Department and the DISD; was given an award for outstanding service by the Richardson Independent School District for his 33 years of service as the only clock timer at the Lake Highlands High School football stadium since its beginning; and was the officer who escorted to the hospital, Police Officer Tippett who had been shot by Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused slayer of President John F. Kennedy. After 22 years of service he retired from the Dallas Police Department and began a new career in sales specializing in overhead bridge cranes, and retired again after fifteen years. He then helped organize a senior softball team of men over sixty and played in the position of pitcher for the Mesquite Rockers, later renamed the Mesquite Knights, until 2007. Ray is preceded in death by his parents and four brothers, Joe, Jack Autry, Bill and baby sister. He is survived by his wife, Martha, of sixty- four years; daughter, Sherry and husband, Houston Orona; son, Dennis and wife, Donna; two grandchildren, and their spouses; three step-grandchildren and their spouses; three great-grandchildren; fourteen step great grandchildren; two brothers, Charles and wife, Shirley; Jerry and wife, Tressie and one sister, Dorothy Alice (Sue) Bowers; numerous nieces and nephews; and many dear friends. Ray will always be remembered for his humor and his love for his country. Visitation will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, February 8, 2014, and services will be held immediately following at 12:00 Noon, at the Shiloh Terrace Baptist Church, 9810 LaPrada, Dallas, Texas, Reverend Don Blackley officiating. Interment will follow at Restland Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests you consider a donation to the Battleship U.S. New Jersey Museum and Memorial, in loving memory of Walter Ray Bardin; battleshipnewjersey.org.
Published in Dallas Morning News on Feb. 7, 2014