CLAY CITY ---- Joy Harden, 81, of Clay City, passed away at noon, Tuesday, April 19, 2005 at his residence.
He was born Jan. 25, 1924 to William and Esther May (Fischer) Harden. On Feb. 27, 1949, he married Carroll (Hart) Harden.
After graduating from Ashboro High School, he served in the Army Eleventh Airborne as a paratrooper in World War II. During his service in the military, he served in the Philippines. When returning from the military, he worked as a carpenter for a short time, then joined the Operating Engineers Local 841 operating heavy equipment for over 25 years. After leaving the Operating Engineers, he began J.M. Harden Excavating and continued working until being diagnosed with colon cancer in early August 2004. He was a member of Clay Masonic Lodge 85, serving as secretary, treasurer and was currently serving as Junior Warden, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of Terre Haute, Zorah Shrine, as well as Bowling Green Order of Eastern Star Lodge 304. He was also a member of Saline City EUB Church and regularly attended New Hope Baptist Church.
Survivors include: his wife Carroll Harden of Clay City; one son John Harden and his wife Marilyn of Coal City; one daughter Elena and her husband Jeff Gerber of Clay City; a brother Brenton Harden and his wife Carol of Center Point; a sister Geneva Sims of Vincennes; a sister-in-law Mary Harden of Spencer; four grandchildren, Jamie Jo and her husband John Lowder II of Coal City, Jimmy Harden of Coal City, Alex Gerber of Clay City, and Ashlee Gerber also of Clay City; three great-grandchildren, Dillon VanArsdale, Jessica Lowder, and Daniel Lowder, all of Coal City; as well as a large extended family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Galen Harden, a sister and brother-in-law Lois and Glen Youngblood, a brother-in-law Dale Sims, and a granddaughter Tobi Lynn Gerber.
Funeral service will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at Schoppenhorst Funeral Home, 301 Eighth St., Clay City, with the Rev. Nathan Couch officiating. Burial will follow at Beech Cemetery.
Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Hospice of the Wabash Valley or Masonic Lodge 85, with envelopes being available at the funeral home.
Visit www.schoppenhorstfuneralhome.com to light a candle in his memory.