James Charles Hardman, Esq.

September 22, 1931 ‒ August 08, 2017

Mansfield, Ohio
Formerly of Chicago, Illinois

Navy veteran and notable transportation Attorney James C. Hardman, age 85, passed away Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at Avita Health System hospital in Ontario, Ohio while surrounded by his family.

James was born September 22, 1931 in Chicago to parents Pryor William & Mary (O’Donnell) Hardman. James graduated from Saint Philip’s High School in Chicago, he furthered his education at Quincy College before earning his JD-MBA from Northwestern University. He remained a lifelong supporter of Northwestern and loved cheering on the Wildcats

James proudly served his country in the US Navy, as an Officer on the USS Lake Champlain.  He married Maureen O’Connell on May 20, 1967 and together they raised two children. Maureen passed away in 2000 and they are now together again.

James was an accomplished and respected attorney within the trucking industry. He practiced at The Law office of James C. Hardman and represented many of the largest trucking companies in the country.  James also served as Vice-President General Counsel at Dart Transit in Eagan, MN. James loved being an attorney and practiced until the age of 82.

James received numerous awards for his work within the trucking industry and was instrumental, in the passage of legislation for 53’ Semi-Trailers, that are found on the road toady.

James was heavily involved and received accolades for his work with the American Trucking Association, Transportation Lawyers Association as well as the Minnesota Trucking Association.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Jim and Ann Hardman of Lexington, OH; daughter Katie Maura Hardman of Chicago; grandchildren Megann Hardman, James “Mason” Hardman, and Daniel Hardman all of Lexington; sisters Mary Olsen of California and Joanne Braun of Arlington Heights, IL. James loved spending time with his many nephews and nieces.

In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by his loving wife, Maureen; brother William Hardman; and the best canine companion Mo (the sweet three-legged black lab).

Although no public service will be held in James’ memory, his family hopes that you will hold him in your heart as you remember him in your own special way. Memorials may be sent to the Minnesota Trucking Association Scholarship Fund. Burial with military honors beside his wife at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Bloomington, Minnesota will occur at a later date.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Mr. Hardman’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them below.

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  • Deep condolences to you Jim and Ann and family. His passing was so sudden,I’m glad he didn’t suffer. Prayers to you all. If there is anything I can do for you please call me.

  • Fond Michigan and Northwestern memories with the Hardman family. Jim was a happy, kind man. Sympathies to Jim, Ann, Katie and family.

  • I was so very sorry to hear about Jim Hardman’s death. Jim hired me in the office of Hardman, Burke, Kerwin & Towle in Chicago for my first job as a lawyer, and he became my friend, mentor and role model. The only painful part of working for Jim was his insistence on obligatory attendance at Northwestern football games, in an era in which the Wildcats were for all intents and purposes declawed. I always looked with pride at his accomplishments as an attorney in Chicago and the Twin Cities. Jim was a wonderful guy and truly a lawyer’s lawyer.

  • So sorry to hear, Katie and Jim. Will always remember your dad walking his beloved Mo on Carla Lane and bringing treats to all the kids at Halloween and Easter!! Such a dear soul. Our thoughts are with you. Linda, Bill and Wylie.

  • Jim and Katie,

    We were saddened to learn of your Dad’s death. He was always a cheerful good neighbor, as was your Mom until she died.

    We were out in the yard with Tim Byrne a few days ago. He mentioned that he would see Jim and Mo approaching and would go out to visit with him. So did we from time to time.

    We have fond memories of meeting you and your parents when we moved on to Carla Lane 24 years ago. We loved your family and the memories will stay with us.

    If you are ever back in Minnesota, please stop by.

    John and Thelma