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OBIT – Hardnett, John L.

WOOSTER — John L. Hardnett, age 74, of Wooster, formerly of Orrville, died Saturday, December 14, 2019, at LifeCare Hospice in Wooster, following a period of declining health.

John was born on August 7, 1945, in Little Rock, Arkansas, to the late T.P. and Dovie (Strayhorn) Hardnett, graduated from Orrville High School in 1964, and served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.

He provided technical support, training and installation in the EPSI department for Bell & Howell/ProQuest, Inc. for 10 years, retiring in 2005.

John loved playing tennis and was a professional tennis instructor and coach.  He enjoyed following sports, especially Cleveland teams, the Buckeyes, and the Orrville Red Riders. He will be remembered as a stylish dresser and a wonderful provider for his family.

Surviving are a son, David Hardnett; daughter, Nyree Hardnett; three grandchildren, Deija T. Hardnett, Devin A. L. Chargualaf, and Destin L. Chargualaf; ex-wife, Earnestine Hardnett; and special friend, Annette Fejes, all of Wooster; three brothers, Hayward (Mary) Hardnett of Little Rock, AR, Robert “Bob” (Burnette) Hardnett of Orrville, and Henry (Melva) Hardnett of St. Louis, MO; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, A.T. and Ananise Hardnett; and a step-sister, Bobbie Dickerson.

Friends may call on Saturday, December 21, 2019, at Independent Missionary Baptist Church, 292 East Main Street, Smithville, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Services will follow at 1:00 pm on Saturday, at the church, with Pastors Wallace Flemings Sr., and Kevin James officiating.

Burial will take place at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Seville, on Monday, December 23, 2019 at 10:00 am, where military rites will be observed.

Memorials may be made to Orrville Area Boys & Girls Club, P.O. Box 17, Orrville, OH, 44667 or Ohio’s Hospice Lifecare, 1900 Akron Road, Wooster, OH, 44691

Auble Funeral Home in Orrville is handling the arrangements. Online registry and expressions of condolence may be made at the funeral home’s web site at

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