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P. Jack Harding

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P. Jack Harding passed away in the early morning hours on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. He was 79.

Jack was born in Gambier, Ohio, to Wesley and Mildred Harding, the youngest of his two brothers and two sisters, who have all gone on before him. He graduated from Gambier High School and earned his bachelor’s degree from Cincinnati Bible Seminary.

Jack spent much of his life dedicated with compassion in service to others, from his time in the church, running group homes and finally within the realm of social services. A longtime resident of Greene County, Jack was the director of the Department of Job and Family Services for 25 years, retiring in 2001. Harding Place, a transitional housing program for the homeless, located in Xenia, is named in his honor.

Jack is survived by his three wonderful sons, Michael, Thomas (Stacey) and Matthew, and has finally gone to join the love of his life, Ray Lodwig, who preceded him in death in 2014.

A celebration of his life will be held at a point to be determined sometime in the future. Please feel free to send any notes or expressions of sympathy to jack.harding@pex.net. In lieu of flowers and gifts, please send contributions in honor of Jack to Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Ave, Dayton, OH 45420; /www.hospiceofdayton.org.


3 Responses to “P. Jack Harding”

  1. Dick Engdahl says:

    To the Harding family please accept my sincere condolences on Jacks passing I had no idea I was aware of Rays passing in 2014 but Jack and I had lost touch with each other He was a very kind man do anything for anyone yet had a twinkle in his eye and a bit of a ornery streak as well that was a very good thing Rest In Peace Jack go join Ray in heaven

  2. Mary Rose says:

    So sorry for the loss of your Father. I’m sure he will be happy to be with Ray.
    Cherish your memories!!

  3. Jack Tamplin Jr. says:

    Mike, Tom, Matt and Harding family,

    My condolences to you for the loss of Jack. This obituary is beautifully written describing a dearly loved father and his goodness in service to others. I will continue to keep you in my prayers during this time.

    Sincerely, Jack Tamplin Jr.

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