Melvin L. Hardesty Jr, 88 of Wabash formerly of Marion, passed away at 12:15 pm on Saturday March 12,2022 at Autumn Ridge Rehabilitation Centre in Wabash. He was born July 8,1933 in Evansville, IN to the late Melvin L. and Nora Alice Clark Hardesty Sr. Melvin was a graduate of Marion High School. Melvin served in the US Marine Corps. He married Ruth E. Goodrich, she survives. Melvin was a 35-year employee of General Motors in Marion. He was a member of the American Legion at Marion. He and Ruth enjoyed traveling extensively in their RV following his retirement.
Surviving with his wife Ruth are daughters Tamara Hawkins of Wabash, Wendy Emry of Fowlerton, IN, and Kelly (Earl) Hertlein of Wabash. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and 6 great-greatgrandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister Wanda Smith, a son William Emry and a granddaughter Mercedes Peer.
Funeral services will be at 2pm Friday in the Serenity Chapel at Gardens of Memory Cemetery Marion with Pastor Tom Mansbarger officiating. Friends may call from noon until time of services at the cemetery chapel. Entombment with military rites will follow the services. TMG Funeral & Cremation Services is honored to assist the family with arrangements.