McGilley & Hoge Johnson County Memorial Chapel

8024 Santa Fe Drive, Overland Park, KS


Frank Bardwell

January 21, 1930April 20, 2019

Frank Bardwell, 89, a lifelong resident of Prairie Village passed away on April 20th, 2019 with his loving family by his side.

Frank was a master grocer with Pay-Less Food and then later with Hen House Market at Corinth Square. Frank was in the grocery business for 64 years. He had many accomplishments during his years of service including the Master Grocer of the Year Award, Frank Bardwell Day at Hen House and on the day of his retirement, Frank, was awarded the Key to Prairie Village by the Mayor.

With the many hours and dedication to the grocery business, Frank still found time with his love of bicycling. He was in numerous bicycle magazine articles for his accomplishments of the many hours and miles. He often said, “I have gone around the world three times in miles.”

He was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Joyce.

He is survived by his daughter, Mindy Robertson and husband, Bill, of Gardner, Kansas and their three children, Drew Robertson and his wife, Cathy, Adam Robertson and wife, Jillian, and Sara Robertson; a son, David Bardwell and wife, Michelle, and their son, Joshua, of Creighton, Missouri.

Memorial contributions may be given in his memory to American Heart Association, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674.


  • Frank Bardwell Sr. and Pearl (Bond) Bardwell, Parents (deceased)
  • Joyce Bardwell, Wife (deceased)
  • Mindy Robertson and her husband, Bill, Daughter
  • David Bardwell and his wife, Michelle, Son
  • Drew Robertson and his wife, Cathy, Grandson
  • Adam Robertson and his wife, Jillian, Grandson
  • Sara Robertson, Granddaughter
  • Joshua Bardwell, Grandson


  • Visitation Friday, April 26, 2019


Frank Bardwell

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Ann Marie Nixon aka Murray's Ice Cream & Cookies

April 30, 2019

Lots of memories of all the times he pushed the grocery cart out to the car and standing up at the Pay-Less customer service desk. All our grocery carts full of ground beef, steaks, briskets, blue 2 lb. boxes of American (never Velveeta!) cheese, cartons and cartons of ice cream and milk. Lots of bicycle rides down to Pay-Less to hit up the bakery, buy candy bars or buy cigarettes (reluctantly) for Mom. In later years when he was at the new Hen House he would always ask how Murray’s was doing or we would reminisce about Penny.

Stephen Wilson

April 26, 2019

I started working with Frank at Pay-Less at Corinth Square when I was 13, in 1963. I worked there every weekend and every summer until 1969, when I joined the Navy. Frank taught me so many things, not only about the grocery business, but about people. I never met a kinder person or someone who honestly wanted to help others as much as he did. I have and always will value the time I spent with him.

Dick Ballard

April 26, 2019

Frank had a warm and welcoming personality with a genuine interest in his customers. I always looked forward to seeing Frank at the Corinth Hen House and discussing our local college and pro sports teams.

Frank told me many stories about the history of Prairie Village and even drove me to the nearby burial site/memorial for a Kentucky Derby winner.

Many former employees and friends would join Frank for lunch each month at the Cozy Café - he loved staying in touch with his buddies. We'll all miss him and remember the good times we shared.

Dick Ballard

Kevin Bruemmer

April 25, 2019

Like so many others, I worked for Frank at Corinth Payless. He taught me more than I can describe. As I got older we remained friends and I always looked forward to seeing him. He touched countless young lives in a positive fashion through his no nonsense approach to work/life. I miss him already.

Kevin Bruemmer

Joe Cosgrove Jr

April 25, 2019

I have had several great bosses since I started working in high school. But one of the best was Frank.

Even better were the lessons that I learned from him, including:

1. Care about your work
2. Know your customers, employees and vendors - call them by name
3. Treat everyone with respect
4. Aim to provide great service - do the extras
5. Be dependable and consistent
6. Be willing to pitch in to get the job done, no job is beneath you as a boss
7. Bring energy to your work
8. Instill pride in your staff

Frank will be missed by a legion of people!

Joe Cosgrove,Jr.


Don Boresow

April 25, 2019

I knew Frank for 60 years and worked with him for 20 at the Hen House. I admired him. Sending warm thoughts to the family.

Don Boresow and Family

Lindsey McConnell

April 25, 2019

I Loved frank dearly.
He was never to busy to stop for a hug. As a child i would see him weekly at hen house and he would swoop me up.. I would rub that fuzzy head and we would be off to the candy where he would fill a bag for me. Everytime! I loved how much he loved me. As a teen i was always at the Bardwells... taking the yellow brick road to Franks! As an adult he would meet me at the park to see my boys and just be... Frank we loved you as much as you loved us. Everytime i get on my bike i will think of you. Goodbye dear friend.

Carl LaSala

April 25, 2019

I began working for Frank at the Red Bridge Payless Store when I was 15 years old. He had great "people skills" which made everyone feel like he was their friend. He set a great example on how every customer should be treated in a retail environment. I truly enjoyed my relationship with him and appreciated his kindness to me and others.
Carl LaSala

Ron Aikin

April 24, 2019

March, 1962. Corinth Pay-Less Grand opening, My first job. Frank threw me my first grocery apron and told me to work in the "Produce" department. Problem. I didn't know what a"Produce" was. Frank began teaching me that day about the grocery business, about customer service, and more importantly about life. Frank remained a guiding light for me. A wonderful example of love and friendship for all who knew him. I will miss and love him always.
Ron Aikin

William Brockman

April 24, 2019

I was privileged to have known Frank for decades. I also worked with him at Corinth for four years. He was a unique human being. While his body has ceased to function his soul, spirit and good works will continue for what might well be generations. He was one of the most kind, considerate and caring people I have had the supreme pleasure of knowing. He genuinely cared about most everyone he met, maybe it was simply....everyone. His caring was deep and true and you could tell it. He was such a good listener, he could even hear your soul I tend to think. While we are feeling a sense of loss of his presence we must rejoice that he was here to make such a difference and to show us how we could too. Thanks Frank, a class act.