Melvyn M. "Shorty" Hardwick, age 72 passed away peacefully Friday afternoon, February 17, 2012 at home in Brown County. By his side, was his loving and devoted wife of 50 years, Judy K. Hardwick, whom he married on March 5, 1961 in Bedford.
Melvyn was born December 7, 1939 in Bedford to the late Samuel Woodrow and Ruth (Sons) Hardwick. He served his country as a PFC with the United States Army from 1963 to 1965.
Melvyn was loved by his son: Sam (wife, Shelly) Hardwick and his grandson: Tyler Paul Hardwick all of Pickerington, Ohio.
He was preceded in death by one brother: William Hardwick.
Melvyn retired in December of 2001 as a "Car Man" for Amtrak after 42 years of service. After retirement, he enjoyed owning and operating Mel's Locksmith and spending his time helping others in need. Melvyn was known by his friends and family as the "Mayor of Fruitdale".
He was a 22 year member & Greeter at theNew Life Community Church in Nashville. He and his wife help founded the Brown County Boosters Athletic Club 1989 and also were members of the Ding-a-Lings Square Dance Club. Melvyn's hobbies included: watching and feeding the birds, especially hummingbirds, going out to eat and watching John Wayne movies. He was a fan of the Indianapolis Colts and Indiana University Men's Basketball.
A funeral service will be held on Thursday at 10:00 am at the New Life Community Church, 1450 State Road 135 N. in Nashville. Friends may call from 4 to 8 pm at the Church on Wednesday. Military rites will be presented by the Brown County Honor Guard following the funeral service at the church on Thursday. Funeral services have been entrusted to Meredith – Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center in Morgantown.
Memorial contributions may be sent in honor of Melvyn to Mother's Cupboard, 5294 St. Rd. 135 Morgantown, IN 46160.
Expressions of caring and kindness can be made to the Hardwick family at
Information: (812) 597-4670