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Obituaries for Thursday, July 2

George D. Hardin

WARREN, Ohio -- George D. Hardin, 66, of 2344 Anna Ave., died at 1:02 a.m. Wednesday, July 1, 1998, at Trumbull Memorial Hospital.

He was born Oct. 4, 1931, in Philippi, a son of the late N.C. Hardin and Mary Etta Wolfe Hardin.

His wife, Eileen Hardin, whom he married Dec. 14, 1957, survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Richard (Mary Kathryn) Benish, Boardman, Ohio, and Mrs. Jeff (Lisa) Bennett, Lordstown, Ohio; one brother, Mr. Toby Hardin, Southington, Ohio; one sister, Mrs. Mary Lee Fridley, Philippi; and four grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Carl and Oliver Hardin.

Mr. Hardin was employed as a steelworker at W.C.I. Steel Corp., retiring in 1994 after 38 years of service. He was a member of the Tod Avenue United Methodist Church, Old Erie No. 3, Masonic Lodge F&AM, York Rite Bodies, Mahoning Chapter No. 10, Warren Council No. 58, Warren Commandry No. 39, and Ali Babba Grotto.

Christopher A. Hess

SHINNSTON -- Christopher A. Hess, 54, of Kittery, Maine, died Wednesday, Dec. 24, 1997, at his residence.

He was born March 9, 1943, in Lumberport, a son of the late Herbert E. and Mary Margaret Linn Hess.

Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Dennis and Lisa Hess Roberts; two grandchildren, Kyle and Hailey Roberts, Lake Havasu City, Ariz.; one son, C. Aaron Hess, Dover, N.H.; three brothers, Jon C. Hess, Morgantown, David L. Hess, Peoria, Ariz., and Herbert E. Hess, Fairmont; one sister, Martha Hess Bryant, Lost Creek; and one uncle, Henry C. Hess, Lumberport.

A memorial service was held in Kittery. A graveside service and interment will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Shinnston Masonic Cemetery. Donations may be sent to the Shriner's Hospital for Burned Children, 516 Carew St., Springfield, Mass., 01104.

Ersel F. Lawman

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Ersel Foster Joe Lawman, of Columbia, died Friday, June 12, 1998, at Boone Hospital Center.

He was born Nov. 2, 1914, in Clarksburg, a son of the late Albert B. and Clara Washburn Lawman.

His wife, Dorothy May Wight, whom he married Aug. 1, 1948 in Continental, Ohio, survives.

Surviving are three sons, Frederick Lawman, Massillon, Ohio, Alan Lawman, Pemberville, Ohio, and Eric Lawman, Ashland, Mo.; three daughters, Karen Lawman, Susan Murray Bair, Columbia, and Kathleen Merritt, Continental; two sisters, Hope Rampp, Bridgeport, and Letha Rapking, Madisonville, Tenn.; and nine grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by one brother.

Mr. Lawman served in World War II as second lieutenant, flight instructor and Army Cargo glider pilot. He was employed by Loomis Advertising and later owned and operated Directory Service Co. He raised cattle, served on the Boone County Extension Council and helped organize the Harg Neighborhood Watch.

Virginia Sherwood

PARKERSBURG -- Virginia D. Sherwood, 80, of Parkersburg, died at 6:34 p.m. Monday, June 29, 1998, at Parkview Health Care Center, Parkersburg.

She was born Oct. 26, 1917, in Clarksburg, a daughter of the late Lute B. and Hazel Barnett Hartman.

She was twice married, first to Ralph W. Moats, who preceded her in death in 1944, and her second husband, Howard T. Sherwood, who preceded her in death in 1976.

Surviving are one son, Ralph W. Moats, Richmond, Va.; two grandsons, Jeffrey B. Moats, Edinburg, Texas, and Steven W. Moats, New Bern, N.C.; and one sister, June Wilson, Lynchburg, Va..

She was also preceded in death by one sister, Ruth Bush.

Mrs. Sherwood was a Methodist.

John Strogen

John Strogen, 91, of 415 E. Pike St., Clarksburg, died at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 30, 1998, in Meadowview Manor, Bridgeport, following an extended illness.

He was born Jan. 10, 1907, in Poland, a son of the late Matthew and Barbara Strogen.

Surviving are several nieces and nephews.

He was the last surviving member of his immediate family, having also been preceded in death by six brothers, Martin, Andrew, Joseph, George, Michael and Samuel Strogen.

Mr. Strogen retired from the Debolt Safe and Lock Company in Canton, Ohio in 1972. He was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today at Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 E. Main St. Catholic burial rites will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday with the Rev. Edward Sabo as celebrant. Interment will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Harry J. Wallace Jr.

DUNDALK, Md. -- Harry James Wallace Jr., 75, of 2607 Boulevard Place, Edgemere, Md., died Monday, June 29, 1998, at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

He was born Oct. 10, 1922, in West Virginia.

His wife, Reta R. Wallace, survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Vicki R. Collison and Sherri Taylor; two sisters, Polly Shinn and Edith Welch; one brother, Russell Wallace; and six grandchildren, Charles Collison, James Collison, Kristen Collison, Christopher Taylor, Jenna Taylor, and William Taylor.

Mr. Wallace was a crane operator and a U.S. Army veteran. He was a member of the Hamilton A.L. and Edgemere Veterans of Foreign Wars.