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Fred Elmer Hardin

ORRINGTON - Fred E. Hardin, 83, passed away Jan. 2, 2014, at his home. He was born May 15, 1930, in Portsmouth, N.H., the son of Thomas and Gladis (Emerson) Hardin.

He graduated from Brewer High School, class of 1950. Fred served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War as an Army engineer from 1952 to 1953. He was a member of the Orrington VFW Post No. 4527, and the Burton-Goode-Sargent Maine Chapter 1, Korean War Veterans Association, and he was an active member of the Maine Troop Greeters. Fred was also a long time active member of the First United Methodist Church, Orrington, and he was instrumental in organizing the Orrington Jaycees. In 1999, Fred retired from WVII TV, after 36 years of employment.

Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Carole (Clendenning) Hardin of Orrington; three children, Eugene Hardin and his wife, Judi, of Orrington, Sandra Martin and her husband, Bud, of Bangor, and Barbara Keezer and her husband, Paul, of Alton; nine grandchildren, Molly, Jaime, Kami, Mallori, Andrew, Ashley, Brady, Kash and Jade; seven great-grandchildren, Sarah, Matthew, Grace, Aaron, Avery, Conner, Carter and another due in April; three sisters-in-law, Dawna Gray, Nancy Lorette and her husband, Percy, and Bonnie Schuschereba and her husband, George; brother-in-law, Gary Clendenning; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, at First United Methodist Church, 14 Center Dr., Orrington, with Pastor Harbour Mitchell III, officiating. Spring interment will be at Dean Hill Cemetery, Orrington. The family invites folks to share conversation and refreshments, at the church, following the service. Gifts in his memory may be sent to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 108 Orrington, ME 04474; or to the Maine Korean Memorial Fund, 270 Back Ridge Road, Orland, ME 04472. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.

Published in BDN Maine on Jan. 4, 2014
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