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Retired Bishop John Wesley Hardt Dies

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 19, 2017

RETIRED BISHOP JOHN WESLEY HARDT DIES

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church regrets to announce the death of Bishop John Wesley Hardt, who passed away yesterday, June 18, 2017.  He was born on July 14, 1921.

Bishop Hardt was elected to the episcopacy in 1980 and was assigned to the Oklahoma Episcopal Area. He served Oklahoma until his retirement in 1988. He then became Bishop-in-Residence at Perkins School of Theology, later becoming Bishop-in-Residence Emeritus.  He also served as a Trustee of St. Paul School of Theology, Lon Morris College, Southern Methodist University and Oklahoma City University.

He married Martha Carson on Sept. 13, 1943. They have four children: Betty (Mrs. Ed Lesko), William C., John S., and James J. (known as Joe); eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Memorial Service for Bishop John Wesley Hardt will be on Friday, June 23, 2017, at 11 a.m. at Dallas FUMC, 1928 Ross Ave, Dallas, TX, 75201.  (214) 220-2727.

Condolences may be sent to 4833 W Lawther Drive, Overlook 416, Dallas, TX, 75214.

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Contact: Rev. Maidstone Mulenga
Director of Communications – Council of Bishops
mmulenga@umc-cob.org
202-748-5172 (office) or 585-455-5683 (cell)