George R. Hardesty Jr., a retired master plumber, died Friday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center of complications from diabetes. He was 70.
Services for Mr. Hardesty will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at the Lemmon-Mitchell-Wiedefeld Dulaney Valley funeral home, 19 W. Padonia Road in Timonium.
A native of Baltimore, Mr. Hardesty worked in his family's plumbing business as a youth and attended City College until 1942, when he enlisted in the Marine Corps. He was a radio operator during the battle of Guadalcanal.
In 1953, Mr. Hardesty was licensed as a master plumber, and he worked in the family business, George R. Hardesty Inc. on Erdman Avenue, until his retirement in 1988.
He was a former president of what is now the Maryland Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Contractors. He also served on plumbing boards in Baltimore and Baltimore County, as well as on plumbing code committees.
Mr. Hardesty served on the National Illustrated Plumbing Code Committee that drafted the first National Illustrated Plumbing Code.
His first wife, the former Winifred Machado, died in 1985.
He is survived by his wife, the former Doris Parmigiani Menges; a son, Wayne L. Hardesty Sr. of Phoenix; two brothers, William A. Hardesty of Baltimore and Charles Lee Hardesty of Hampstead; a sister, Jean Lembach of Towson; two stepchildren, Jennifer M. Jones of Phoenix and Frank H. Menges of Towson; and two grandchildren.
The family suggested donations to the American Diabetes Association, 2 Reservoir Circle, Baltimore 21208.