Noble Eugene "Gene" Hardwick, 82, passed away peacefully on September 24, 2013 in Snohomish, Washington. Gene was born November 24, 1930 in Everett, Washington to parents Noble G. Hardwick and Viola Hough, at their Everett home. Gene grew up in Everett and graduated from Stanwood High School in 1948. He lived 40 years in Snohomish County where he married Shirley MacDonald and worked for the Darigold Company. Gene and Shirley had three children together; Linda, Kathy, and Alan. He divorced in 1971 and remarried in 1974 to Dolores (Moore) Larson DeMonbrun, and moved to Centralia in 1976. He lived the next 30 years in Lewis County, working for Darigold until taking an early retirement to focus on developing his own business, the Centralia Fur & Hide company. Gene and Dolores followed the Indian Powwow circuit for several summers in the western US, trading furs, hides, and jewelry. His stepson, Layne DeMonbrun, has owned the business since 1997. Gene leaves many friends from Indian Country where he was known as an Indian Trader with the Shoshone, Crow, Blackfoot, Warm Springs, and other Native American tribes, earning him the name 'Silver Fox' by his friends. Dr. Roland Hublou of Snohomish, WA was his lifelong best friend, handball partner, and fishing buddy. Their last fishing trip was taken on August 21, 2013, in Puget Sound, when both of them caught salmon together. Gene's favorite hobbies were hunting, fishing, and clamming in Washington State. Gene was preceded in death by his wife, Dolores and his daughter, Linda Aalbu. He is survived by his children Stanley Hardwick, Kathy Anne Famelos, and Alan Lane Hardwick; and his step children, Loretta Lee Larson, Darlene Ann Daggett, Layne Carl DeMonbrun, and Sandra Kay Martin; as well as more than 20 grandsons and granddaughters. Gene was a life member of the Elks Club and a past member of the Eagles Club. Memorials may be made to any heart foundation. Per Gene's request, there will be no official funeral or memorial service; instead his remains will be lovingly scattered in Puget Sound.
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Published in The Herald (Everett) from Oct. 9 to Oct. 16, 2013