The Greater Cincinnati Police Museum
“Preserving the History of Law Enforcement in the Greater Cincinnati Area”
Patrolman/Deputy Herbert N. Rardin
Herbert was born November 5, 1928 in Persimmon Grove in Campbell County, the 8th (of 10) children born to Ira N. and Carrie (Gebelt) Rardin. His father passed away when he was eight years old. He attended Bellevue High School.
As a teenager, he took a job at the Beverly Hills Country Club. At 19, during 1947, while driving a taxi, he was clubbed with an iron pipe, kidnapped, and robbed. He was released in Cincinnati and two Cincinnati patrolmen identified and arrested the suspects two weeks later and turned them over to the FBI for federal prosecution. During 1948, he was involved in another interstate criminal case, this time identifying two hold-up men who shot and robbed a man in Newport and then took his taxi to Middletown.
Perhaps these experiences led to him becoming a law enforcement officer. He served as a Patrolman with the Dayton and Bellevue Police Departments and as a Deputy Sheriff with the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office.
In later years, he worked as a security guard at St. Elizabeth Hospital for many years.
Deputy Rardin passed away on August 5, 2019 at the age of 90.
He was predeceased by a daughter-in-law, Candy Rardin. Deputy Rardin is survived by his wife, Lenora M. Rardin; Children, Herb (Debbie) Rardin, Linda (Wally) Walton, Jerry Rardin, Sandy Rardin, Carrie Gramer, Steve Rardin, Jeff (Kristy) Rardin, Sherry (Rick) Bingham, and Vicki Taylor; 32 grandchildren; 57 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, August 9, 2019 at Dobbling, Muehlenkamp-Erschell Funeral Home in Bellevue.
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