May 22, 1915-Nov. 23, 2004
Wilford George Hardwick was born May 22, 1915, in Dundy County. He was the fourth child of Thomas and Myrtle Hardwick.
He died peacefully in his sleep on Nov. 23, 2004, in Bethany, Okla., at the age of 89.
He joined the Army Air Force (which later became the United States Air Force) in September of 1941. He retired after 22 plus years of service with the rank of Chief Master Sergeant, the highest enlisted rank possible, on May 31, 1964. He was involved in many memorable experiences while in the Air Force, most notable of which was his instrumental involvement in the Berlin Air Lift after the end of World War II. After his retirement from the Air Force, he went to work for the Department of Defense of Tinker Air Force Base in Midwest City, Okla., retiring from there in June 1978.
He was united in marriage to Laurette Goode of Seminole, Texas on Dec. 12, 1942. During World War II and after, they lived in Hawaii, Germany and several areas of the United States. After his retirement from Tinker Air Force Base, they moved first to Benkelman for a short time and then settled in Burns Flat, Okla., until 1996 when they moved to Bethany, Okla.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Laurette. He is survived by his daughter, Judy Hamilton of Oklahoma City, Okla.; his son, Thomas Hardwick and his wife, Debra of Bethany; a granddaughter, Anna Marie Hobbs and her husband, Zane; one great-grandson, Zane Hobbs of Yukon, Okla.; one sister, Marcella Samler of St. Francis; and two brothers, Wade Hardwick and wife, Eleanor of St. Francis and William P. Hardwick of Benkelman.
As he wished, he will be cremated with a private inurnment beside his wife in Bethany at a later date.