FLETCHER — Wayne E. Hardman, age 85, of Fletcher passed away at 6:50 p.m. on Saturday, July 26, 2014 in Sterling House of Piqua.
Born on April 7, 1929 in Gettysburg, OH, Wayne was a son of the late Martin Wesley and Edith (Kinnison) Hardman.
He married Rita McInturff and they enjoyed 50 years of marriage until her death in 2000. Together they raised two children: Martin W. Hardman of Piqua and Candy (Tony) Hoekstra of Cincinnati.
He was a loving grandfather to six grandchildren: Adam, Emmalee and Abigail Hardman and Andrea Blanks, Tony and Alex Hoekstra; and two great grandchildren.
In 2002 Wayne married his loving wife Reverend Marilyn (Hanover) Chivington and she survives in Piqua. He is also survived by Marilyn's children: Claudia (Gary) Rode of Sharonville, OH and David (Roxie) Chivington of Sidney; seven step grandchildren: Aaron, Ryan, and Nathan Chivington; Phillip, Mica, and Joel Rode, and Beth Mauter; and 14 step great grand children.
In addition to his parents and first wife Wayne was preceded in death by his eight siblings: Walter Neal, Opal Rush, Helen Monroe, John W. Hardman, Oletha Downey, Delores McMaken, Mary Lou Short, and infant brother Arthur Dean. He was also preceded by a step granddaughter, Carrie Chivington Roeth.
Wayne graduated in 1949 from Piqua High School and served in the Air Force during the Korean Conflict. After
serving his country he worked for his step father-in-law as a mechanic and later took over Ankerman's Garage in Fletcher. He remained in Fletcher for 58 years as an active member of the community serving on the Fletcher Fire Dept. as Assistant Fire Chief, working for the village as the water and street superintendent, and as a member of the Fletcher United Methodist Church.
Wayne was a 32nd Degree Mason, and a former Lodge Master for Lena Social Masonic Lodge. Wayne enjoyed boxing and received the honor of Golden Glove Boxing Champion.
He will be remembered by many for his love of photography. He worked for the Piqua Daily Call and could always be found at a school game or meet. He took many photos of family and friends and his home in Fletcher.
The family requests that those interested in attending the memorial service please bring a photo that Wayne had taken of them or their family to share.
The family would like to express their appreciation to the Sterling House of Piqua and Miami County Hospice for their devoted care and kindness.
Memorial funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. in the Fletcher United Methodist Church, 205 S. Walnut Street, Fletcher, with Pastors Andy Perry and David Chivington presiding.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Miami County, P.O. Box 502, Troy, Ohio 45373 or to the Fletcher United Methodist Church, 205 S. Walnut Street, Fletcher, Ohio 45326.
Condolences to the family may be sent to www.shivelyfuneralhomes.com. Suber-Shively Funeral Home, Fletcher is serving the family.