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March 27, 2014

Mark Alan Hardick

Mark Alan Hardick died March 22 in Dallas, Texas.

He was born Aug. 22, 1930, in Avery, the eldest son of Sam and Jeannette Hardick.

He was raised on a 40-acre farm just south of Cushing with four brothers and one sister and graduated from Cushing High School in 1948.

After one semester at Oklahoma State University, Mark enlisted in the Navy and served as a radioman on the frigate USS Merrick during the Korean War. Upon his discharge, Mark enrolled at Benedictine College where he met and married his wife of 54 years, Mary.

Upon graduation with a degree in English, Mark held teaching jobs in the Wichita, Kan., area while earning a master’s degree at Emporia State.

He then accepted a teaching position at Oklahoma State University for the next 10 years before becoming a technical writer for various companies in the Oklahoma City area.

Mark retired at the age of 67.

He enjoyed fishing, writing short stories and poems and spending time with his grandchildren.

Mark is survived by four brothers, Pat, Mike, Tim, and Mahlon Hardick, his sister Sammy Towner, and four sons, Jim, Tom, Dave and Dan Hardick as well as his 17 beloved grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Cushing.

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