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Ira F. Bardman, 87, husband of Betty M. (Faut) Bardman, of Pottstown, passed away on Wednesday at his home. Born in Green Lane, PA, he was the son of the late Harry E. and Mary F. (Frederick) Bardman.

Surviving is son Dennis R. Bardman of Glen Bernie, MD; daughter JoAnn Bardman of Pottstown; brother Carl Bardman of Green Lane; sisters Miriam F. Kline of Telford, Grayce F. Sutton of Upper Providence, and Erma F. Knisley of Milford Twp. Also surviving are grandchildren Laura E. and Meghan P. Bardman, both of Glen Burnie, MD. Along with this parents, he is predeceased by his siblings Gladys, Henry, Ralph, Florence, James, Abner, Mary, Roger, Paul and Arnold.

Ira was a WWII Army veteran serving in the 8th Army Air Corps where he was a radio operator on a B17. During a mission, he was shot down over the Bay of Biscayne in France, captured and became a POW for 21 months in the German Prison Camp Stalag 17. He also flew in the famous air raid of Regensberg in Africa. Ira enjoyed bowling at Jay Lanes and collected model trains. He worked at the Super Fresh in both Pottstown and Phoenixville as a meat cutter until he retired in 1986. After retiring he took up house painting.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, 11AM at Grace Lutheran Church, 660 N. Charlotte Street, Pottstown, with Pastor Paul J. Xander officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Park. Friends may call on Sunday, from 3PM to 4:30PM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 711 N. Franklin Street, Pottstown and on Monday from 10AM to 10:45AM at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ira’s name to Tri County Home Care Hospice, 1600 East High Street, Pottstown, PA 19464 or Grace Lutheran Church, 660 N. Charlotte Street, Pottstown, PA 19464.

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