BURNA — Mr. Ralph Randel Hardin, 85, of Burna, passed away Monday, February 11, 2013, at his home after a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer.
Mr. Hardin was an agency manager of Livingston County Farm Bureau for almost 46 years, working side by side with his eldest son, Joel Hardin, for 23 of those years. In his spare time, he managed a cattle farm with his sons as well. In addition, he served on the Jackson Purchase Rural Electric Cooperative Board for 25 years, and Big Rivers Electric Cooperative in Henderson, Kentucky, for approximately ten years. Ralph was also a member of the Masonic Lodge for the past 40 years.
Ralph loved his family and friends, and enjoyed life in the outdoors. Horseback riding and hunting were two of his favorite activities. He was also a loyal fan of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team, and the University of Kentucky basketball team.
Mr. Hardin is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Mattie Louise (Loveless) Hardin; three children, Ralph Joel Hardin Jr, and his significant other Debra Croft, Yvonne Maddux and her husband T.L. Maddux Jr. of Salem, and Ty Ray Hardin and his wife Pamalyn (Barnes) Hardin of Burna; sisters, Frances Ramage of South Carolina, Glidel Sexton and her husband Chuck of Michigan, and Agnes Travis and her husband Bernie of Michigan; and brothers, Bobby Hardin and his wife Nancy of Michigan and Wallace Hardin of Florida.
Also surviving are his pride and joy grandchildren, Chadman Tyler Ralph Hardin and Marie Vonne Hardin; and great-granddaughter, Peyton Rylee Hardin of Burna. Several nieces and nephews; great-nieces and nephews; and his beloved jack russell and sidekick Patch also survive.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Kenneth Hardin; two sisters, Betty Long and Charlotte Holland; and his parents, Crossland and Florene Hardin.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, February 15, 2013, in the chapel of Boyd Funeral Directors in Salem.
Burial will follow in Salem Cemetery.
Friends may call after 5 p.m. Thursday, February 14, 2013, in the chapel of Boyd Funeral Directors.
Condolences may also be left online at boydfuneraldirectors.com.