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Murray T. Hardinger

Murray Theodore Hardinger, 91, a resident of Allentown, PA, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, March 9, after a battle with cancer.


Born April 1, 1930, in Cumberland, MD, he was the first son of the late Wilbur Martin Hardinger, Sr. and Carrie Meredith (Zembower) Hardinger. He graduated from Fort Hill High School in 1948, where he excelled in track and field and basketball. After high school, he joined the Navy and served as a hospital corpsman until 1952.


He spent much of his career in Baltimore as a draftsman and civil engineering designer at Western Electric. He was transferred to Allentown, PA by AT&T in 1984.

He earned a degree from the Maryland Technical Institute and a certificate in mechanical engineering from Johns Hopkins University.


Murray was on the Board of Directors of Hickory Parks and Recreation in Harford County, Maryland. He coached girls’ softball and played softball and basketball into his 60s. He served on the Board of Directors for First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union in Allentown, PA.


He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Beverly Jane (Smith) Hardinger. He is survived by three daughters: Jennifer Marck, of Phoenix, Arizona; Dana Ward and husband John of Abingdon, Maryland; Sharon Philippart and husband, Leonard, of Fredericksburg, VA; and two grandchildren: Dylan and Hayley. He is also survived by his brother Wilbur Hardinger, Jr. and wife, Marcella of Cumberland, Maryland; sisters Flora Kennedy of Knoxville, Tennessee; Melva Hansrote of Lynchburg, VA; Ruth Ann Miller and husband Richard, of Lynchburg, VA; and Glenda Scoz, of Asheville, North Carolina, and many extended family members.

The family will hold a memorial later this year. Donations can be made to The Amedisys Foundation, www.amedisys.com. 

Arrangements are by Nicos C. Elias Funeral Home, Allentown.