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Danny Russell Hardwick

September 24, 1943 April 5, 2020
Danny Russell Hardwick
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Danny Hardwick Obituary
Danny Russell Hardwick was born September 24, 1943, in Leesville, Louisiana to Russell Olga Hardwick and Juanita Kidd Hardwick and passed away April 5, 2020 in Church Point, Louisiana at the age of 76.
Danny was preceded in death by his parents, Russell and Juanita, and nephews, Mike Paris, Brian Hardwick, Benny Bennet and niece Jodi Klawinski.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 57 years, Gilba Bagents Hardwick, who was also his high school sweetheart, son, Rick Hardwick and wife Mona, and grandchildren, Trevor Hardwick and wife Alexis, and Tanner Hardwick, all of Church Point, sister, Sherry Hardwick Paris of Lake Charles, Louisiana, brothers, Gary Hardwick and wife Pat of Fields, Louisiana, and Dale Hardwick and wife Sharon of Slagle, Louisiana, sisters-in-law, Diana Bagents Holley of Houston, Texas, and Gayla Bagents Chamberlain of Leesville, Louisiana, and a host of nieces and nephews, and extended family.
Danny grew up in Slagle Louisiana playing ball, fishing, and hunting, and graduated with honors from Leesville High School in 1962. He earned the nickname “The Slagle Slingshot” while playing baseball in his teens. As a shooting guard on the Wampus Cat high school basketball team, he once scored 52 points in one game against Provencal. After high school, he played briefly for Louisiana College with his brother Dale Hardwick before leaving to begin his civil service career.
Danny’s civil service career led him to a variety of positions in the Army personnel administration, including tours in Okinawa, Vietnam and Germany. He came back home in 1981 to be Fort Polk’s Director of Civilian Personnel, after four years as a senior personnel staffing specialist at U.S. Forces Command, Fort McPherson, Georgia, and two years as Civilian Personnel Director at Fort Stewart, Georgia. During his 36-year career with the federal government, he received a number of awards including several exceptional performance appraisals, special act awards, the annual Equal Employment Opportunity Award for Fort Stewart, Georgia, Commander’s Award for Civilian Service and two decorations of the Meritorious Civilian Service Awards.
On May 17, 1990, at a ceremony at the Pentagon, he received the “William H. Kushnick” award, one of the most prestigious awards given in the Army for professional accomplishments of civilian personnel careerists. He would be the first to tell anyone that these career achievements pale in comparison to the day he made up his mind to walk with Jesus and be led by the Spirit of God.
He loved spending time with his family. Hunting, fishing and gardening were his favorite past times and he enjoyed long walks in the woods. On Sundays he could be found worshiping with his church family. As a member of the Leesville First Pentecostal Church he was a devoted bible teacher and discipled many new believers and faithfully ministered every Friday night for 10 years to the Rosepine Nursing Home residents. In 2016, Danny and Gilba moved to Church Point where they attended Point Church. He will be dearly missed, but the impact he left on this earth will continue being lived out through those who loved him. He was kind, a champion of right, warm and a friend to all and most importantly a friend of God. His family knew him as a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and son. This is not Goodbye, it is until we meet again on that resurrection morning.
A private graveside ceremony was conducted at the Walnut Hill Cemetery in Slagle Louisiana on Tuesday, April 7. The service was officiated by Pastor Jared Pavlu, Rev. Rick Pavlu and Rev. Louis Magee. Due to the recent restrictions for gatherings, please post your condolences at
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