Obituary of William “Bill” J Hardin
William Bill Hardin (January 8, 1931 – August 27, 2022) was a caring husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. He passed away at the age of 91 in his home in Sarasota, Florida.
Bill spent his early years in the Chicagoland area. He attended Marmion Military academy in Aurora, IL where he discovered his passion for the military. Following high school, he was drafted into the Marines where he served in active duty and reserves for over 21 years and retired from the reserves as a Master Sergeant in 1973. His love for his unit was strong enough that he tried to re-enlist when HHM-776 was called up for Desert Storm in 1990.
Bill met the love of his life, Marian, at the Western Railroad Association where they both worked. While it may not have been love at first sight, they spent 60 years together holding hands and whispering I love you as they went to bed and got up in the morning. In addition to Marian, Bill is survived by his daughter Yvette (Scott) Pritchard, son Robert (Kristin) Hardin and grandchildren, Ben, Amber and Max. He is preceded in death by his brother, Frank Hardin, and sister, Marie Josey.
Bill s ashes will be interred at Sarasota National Cemetery, date and time pending. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Marine Corp Association Foundation (https://mca-marines.org) or The BrightFocus Foundation (https://www.BrightFocus.org). The family would like to thank the caregivers who treated Bill with compassion and kindness over the last several years.
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Published by Jennings Funeral Home & Crematory on Sep. 6, 2022.