Charles Edward Hardin

May 17, 1918 ‒ January 12, 2018

Mount Gilead, Ohio
Formerly of Marysville, Ohio

Charles Edward Hardin, age 99, of Mount Gilead, died Friday, January 12, 2018, at the Memorial Gables Nursing Home in Marysville, Ohio.

On May 17, 1918, Charles was born in Adams County, Ohio, one of five children of the late J. Hobart and Margaret (Suiters) Hardin.  He graduated from Peebles High School.

In 1941, Charles moved to Mount Gilead, Ohio, where he married Ella Louise Shade, on September 20, 1941; a union and friendship that lasted 66 years.  She preceded him in death on December 10, 2007.

In Mount Gilead, Charles began working at the HPM Corporation until being drafted to serve in the U.S. Army in February of 1943.  He was a member of the 343rd Infantry Division, fighting in many battles throughout Europe.  He earned numerous ribbons and medals, also earning a bronze star.

Upon his honorable discharge, Charles returned to Mount Gilead and the HPM Corporation, where he worked as a tool and die maker for a total of 40 years, retiring in 1983.

Charles was a member of the V.F.W. Post 8054, AmVets Post 87, and American Legion Jenkins Vaughan Post 97.

For thirty plus years, Charles and Ella enjoyed spending their summers at their cottage on Lake Erie, where they loved taking their boat out fishing.  He also was a skilled woodworker, making various crafts.

He will be missed by his daughter, Lucinda (Richard) Jones of Marysville; and a grandson, Michael (fiancé Jenny) Jones; sister-in-law, Betty Ritchey; and many nieces and nephews.

Including his wife and parents, Charles was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister.

His family will greet friends from Noon – 2 p.m. on Thursday, January 18, 2018, at the Snyder Funeral Homes, Craven Chapel.  Burial with military honors provided by the V.F.W. Post 8054 and AmVets Post 87 will be observed privately in Rivercliff Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choosing.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to serve Charles’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them via

  • Cindy,
    Sympathy goes out to you and your family on the loss of your father. I have very fond memories of your parents and twirling a baton in your backyard. My Aunt Jeanne McPeek Burkhart called me last night to let me know of your father passing. She also lives in Marysville and was in the same nursing home as your father when she was going through rehab due to a surgery a few years ago. My thoughts are with you.

    Jackie McPeek West

  • Cindy,

    Our heart felt sympathy . Your Dad and my brother, Jack, must be talking. Jack so enjoyed those visits.


    Jeanne & Tom Burkhart