Ronald Wayne Hardester, 55, son of Floyd Hardester and Rossetta Whitlock, was born Feb. 23, 1949. He died Dec. 10, 2004.Mr. Hardester joined the U.S. Army in July 1966. He served a tour in Vietnam as a military policeman. He married Velma Gale Aug. 21, 1976. They had one daughter.He enjoyed driving tractor trailers over the road for many years until a disability kept him from continuing. He was a union representative at Rawlings Sporting Goods, where he worked for eight years.He was preceded in death by his son, Ronald Wayne Hardester Jr.; his father, and one brother, Eugene Hardester.Surviving are his wife; daughter, Mary Jo Melton of Salem; his mother of Bowling Green, Ky.; brothers and sisters, Elmer Hardester of Arnold, Lester Hardester of Fulton, Larry Hardester of St. Louis, Gail Kniffen of Bowling Green, Ky., and Dianne Mesman of St. Louis; and three grandsons.Memorial services are 1 o’clock Saturday at the Fox Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Everett Perkins officiating. Burial wiil be in the Hutchason Cemetery. “

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