Elgan Henry “Ed” Wardlow, 71, of Utica died Monday Jan. 31, 2011.
He was born Feb. 14, 1939, in Nicholasville to Myrtle Frances and James Elbert Wardlow.
He was a respected business leader and a good neighbor who cared deeply about his community.
He lived a very rich life, coming from humble beginnings, and enjoyed football, fishing, motorcycle riding, hunting and golf, but the joy of his life was his family.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Betty Jo; his daughter, Marie and husband David Crabtree of Utica; his son, Lee and wife Sheila Wardlow of Dallas; and his grandchildren, Nathan, Zach and Jonathan Crabtree, and Josh, Noah, Bailey and Max Wardlow. He is also survived by his brother, Jerry Lee Wardlow of Woodruff, S.C.
Elgan was a graduate of Nicholasville High School, attended Eastern College and served as a sergeant in the United States Army.
He began his career in the financial services industry and managed branches and regions across the U.S. He began a career locally with Field Packing Company as its personnel director in 1973 and served as its assistant plant superintendent until his promotion to vice president of all operations. After Field was acquired by the global company International Fish and Meats, Mr. Wardlow stayed on as its vice president of operations for the United States. He traveled internationally in this role, learning best practices and leading several major corporate operational turnarounds and efficiency improvements. He retired and then was recruited back for a time to act in a similar role for the organization, at Fischer Packing Company in Louisville. His greatest pride as an executive was understanding the details of the businesses and ensuring all associates, regardless of role or position in the organization were collaborating. Mr. Wardlow served for many years on the board of the Kentucky-Tennessee Meat Processors Association, Daviess County Junior Achievement and was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.
Services will be held at noon Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.