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Arthur Ralph Hardin, Jr.Passing: October 15, 2022


Chastain Funeral Home

Funeral Service

Wednesday, October 19th @ 11:00am


Chastain Funeral Home

Tuesday, October 18th @ 4:00pm-7:00pm

Wednesday, October 19th @ 10:00am


Fairview Cemetery

Wednesday, October 19th

SALEM – Arthur Ralph Hardin, Jr., 70, passed away Saturday, October 15, 2022 at his residence.

Born March 16, 1952, in Washington County, he was the son of Arthur Ralph Sr. and Georgia Mae (Brown) Hardin.  He married Nancy Kay Johnson February 14, 1993 and she survives.

Arthur was a 1969 graduate of Salem High School and a member of Mill Creek Baptist Church.  He was a police officer for the City of Salem for 14 years. In 1996 he began working at Crown Hill Cemetery and after eight years he started his own grave digging company; Hardin Cemetery Services.  He has provided his service to cemeteries throughout Washington, Orange, and Lawrence County. Arthur enjoyed helping and serving his communities.

Surviving are his wife, Nancy Kay Hardin of Salem; children, Arthur Ralph “Artie” Hardin, III of Campbellsburg, Tracy Jones of Salem, and Dannie Wingler, Jr. of Campbellsburg; grandchildren, Jaelin Hoar, Kelsea Hardin, Adrian Hoar, Austin Wingler, and Brooklyn Jones; great-grandchildren,    Ansley, Brighton, and Lynnon; siblings, Donna Walker of Salem, Beverly Hardin of Salem, Ernie Hardin of Salem, Kenny Hardin of Texas, Mike Hardin of Salem, Jeffrey Hardin of Salem, Waneta Goller of Salem and Melvin Hardin of Salem; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents and siblings, Linda Hardin, Yvonne Hardin and Janice Hardin, preceded him in death.

Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 19 in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Pastor Jared Hardin officiating.  Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, and from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service on Wednesday.

Memorial gifts may be made to the family.

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16 Guest Comments

  1. Guest: Stacy Marshall | Campbellsburg, Indiana
    Date: October 22, 2022
    Dear Nancy, I am so sorry to hear of Junior’s passing and that I was not able to come to the visitation. I am in Boston helping my daughter with her newborn. I can still remember the days when the two of you were dating. What’s hard to believe is how many years ago that has been. Know that I will be praying for you. Love, Stacy Marshall
  2. Guest: Juan Griesinger | LANESVILLE Ind
    Date: October 19, 2022
    JR was a great man I did a stay in Washington County jail and was on work crew at Crown Hill cemetery he treated me like one of his own I will miss him prayers to the family wished I would have heard sooner RIP JR
  3. Guest: Austin Wingler | Salem IN
    Date: October 18, 2022
    My grandfather Is one of the most loving caring and hardworking people I have ever know he has taught me absolutely everything I know about working and caring for family my jr. took me in as a infant as his own and has raised me my whole life I will always remember riding in the work trucks with him everywhere eating food talking about his life of working on the farm or pouring basements and how I have it so easy I will forever miss my grandfather and I hope to make him proud up there thank you for being my dad
  4. Guest: Jerry McKnight | LaFollette Tennessee
    Date: October 18, 2022
    To many good memories to pick from. My first friend when I moved to Salem at 16. We sang together, bowled together, played softball and worked together. The entire family is very special to me. To them I send my deepest sympathies. The guestbook.
  5. Guest: Donna Walker | Salem Indiana
    Date: October 18, 2022
    Jr always referred to me as his older sister and that I was! I’m four years older but he’s the one that taught me how to drive dads old Ford pick up in the field behind the house! He was a kind helper for everyone! And Nancy, you will always be a part of our family, no matter what!
  6. Guest: marlita bell | salem, in.
    Date: October 18, 2022
    I am thinking of you all with sincerest sympathy and the fondest of memories. May peace settle upon your hearts and may your wonderful memories bring you comfort. So sorry for your loss.
  7. Guest: Nancy Hardin | Salem In.
    Date: October 17, 2022
    He was my husband for nearly 30 years , I could have not have anyone any better ! He always treated me with kindness and respect , I love all his family , they are the best ! If I never have a good day day again in my live at least I know my last 30 years were Awesome , I will love him always !
  8. Guest: Marilyn Booker | Borden, IN
    Date: October 17, 2022
    Jr had a wonderful and kind heart. He was a great husband to my sister Nancy, a great father and grandfather. I'm so sorry for your loss sis. You and Jr were so lucky to have found one another and have such a special love. RIParadise
  9. Guest: Elmo wolfe | Orleans
    Date: October 17, 2022
    So sorry for your loss, he will be missed by all who knows him.
  10. Guest: Phyllis Lackey | Salem, Indiana
    Date: October 17, 2022
    You will be missed, so sorry. The softball games after church on the Hardin farm was the best!
  11. Guest: Bonnie Hackney | Orleans in
    Date: October 17, 2022
    So sorry for your loss. Junior was a good man and always friendly when I would see him out and about. The Hardin family holds a special place in my heart . sending my prayers to the family you are a close family and I know you will miss your brother.
  12. Guest: Margie Caldwell | Salem IN
    Date: October 17, 2022
    I never talked with Jr a lot even though he was my brother -in- law as we were both kinda quiet, but we did share a birthday (March 16)and i knew with the things he did for people including myself that inside he had a heart of gold! He was nothing less than the best husband to my sister Nancy and I will be forever greatful to him for that. Jr .you will always be missed an in our hearts You will never really be gone. R.I.P. till we see you again. ❣
  13. Guest: Bonnie Middleton | Louisville, KY
    Date: October 17, 2022
    We'll miss you cuz!
  14. Guest: Paul Dunn | Blythewood SC
    Date: October 17, 2022
    Cuz you will be truly missed. We love you and will see you again in heaven. Prayers for the family.
  15. Guest: Michael Johnson | Salem indiana
    Date: October 17, 2022
    Jr will be missed by everyone who ever knew him. He was a great caring & very hard working man. Prayers to the family.
  16. Guest: Cloyd Hardin | O Fallon, MO
    Date: October 17, 2022
    Prayers for the family.