James LeRoy ‘Butch’ Hardman Jr.

James LeRoy “Butch” Hardman Jr., 75, passed away on Thursday, March 2, 2023, at his home. His death was unexpected. He is survived by his wife, Pam (Froebe), of the home and they have been married over 50 years.

Butch was born in Parsons on May 3, 1947, to Mildred (Puckett) and LeRoy Hardman. He grew up in Parsons and graduated from Parsons High School in 1965. He was a member of the National Guard based in Cherryvale, receiving an honorable discharge on June 4, 1972. 

Butch was the broker/owner of Hardman Real Estate for over 20 years. In his illustrious career, he built over 70 homes in the Parsons area and helped co-write House Bill No. 2590 helping families purchase affordable housing in 1998. He had several rental properties that he managed after his semi-retirement.

In his younger years, Butch won several trophies at Mo-Kan in his RT and was an avid car buff just recently selling his beloved 1968 Camaro. He also enjoyed playing golf, softball, basketball and coaching his children in many sports. In his later years, he enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s sporting events and activities. 

He is survived by two daughters, Amber Jones (Matt) of Parsons; Dee Carlson (Tyson) of Augusta; a son, Jared Hardman of Sacramento, California; four grandchildren, Braedyn and Carter of Augusta and Tristan and Sophie of Parsons; three sisters, Lynda Simpson of North Richland Hills, Texas, Judy Morris (Gary) and Jo Dee Rye of Parsons; a brother, Terry Hardman (Kathy) of Parsons; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Fern and Leroy Froebe; a brother, Bryan Hardman; five brothers-in-law, Ossie Rutledge, Ron Froebe, Dean Froebe, Harold Rye and Bobby Simpson; and three sisters-in-law, Dona Froebe, Evelyne Lawrence and Claudine Froebe. 

A celebration of life will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Parsons. The family will receive friends from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery at a later date. The service will be live-streamed on the funeral home’s Facebook page. 

The family suggests memorials to the Parsons Education Foundation and these may be left or mailed to the funeral home, 112 26th St., PO Box 942, Parsons, KS, 67357. 

Leave online condolences at www.wallfuneralservices.com.


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