James Nelson Hardin

August 16, 1935January 31, 2014
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James Nelson Hardin, aged 78, passed away at his home on January 31, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Myra, brother Jack, sister Joyce, son Steve Boland, and grandson Cameron Flora. Surviving are his wife of 30 years Marlene; children, Craig (Jan) Hardin, Beth (Bob) Nickerson, Shelly Davis, Julie (Ted) Baughman, Mike (Pam) Boland, Christopher (Lisa) Boland, Jean (Tom) Kjellin, Julie (Troy) Thames; 23 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. James proudly served his country with the United States Navy. He was also a proud Teamster Local 406, and retiree of Spartan with over 25 years of service. In retirement he enjoyed working in his shop restoring automobiles, as well as working around the yard. Please join his family for visitation on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 from 6-8pm at Reyers North Valley Chapel, and again on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 from 10am until the time of Service at 11am at the funeral home.


  • Visitation Tuesday, February 4, 2014
  • Visitation Wednesday, February 5, 2014
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, February 5, 2014

James Nelson Hardin

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Catherine Boland

February 9, 2014

Marlene & Family, I am very sorry for your loss. I remember Jim as a humorous & loving man. May your many joyous memories comfort you.

Jason Hollins

February 3, 2014

I enjoyed working with Jim for many years as a driver for Spartan Stores. I always looked forward to runs that we would do in the same direction so we could take breaks together. Jim would always talk about his family and I could tell how proud he was of them. I later left driving and worked in the warehouse where I met Jim's son Craig. I could see Jim's influence in Craig. Right down to his voice and mannerisms. And especially his humor. You left a proud legacy Jim, and we will miss you. And to you Craig, and the rest of the Hardin family, you have my sincerest condolences.

Ron Holzgen

February 3, 2014

I worked with Jim at Spartan, and then represented him as his business agent at Teamsters Local 406 until his retirement. He was a really good friend. I have said for over 30 years that Jim is one of the 2 nicest men I ever met. My heartfelt condolences to all of you.


February 2, 2014

We are so sorry to hear about Jim. We worked together at Spartan Stores. He always made it a better place to work.

Debbie Rick

February 2, 2014

so sorry to hear about your dad ..we are thinking of you all...

Michael lee

February 1, 2014

Im sorry to hear about Jim's passing. He was so much fun as a teen playing all kinds of sports. Praying for all of you.

February 1, 2014

We are so sorry for your loss. It was evident how much Jim loved his family. From what we knew of him, he was just a cool, outgoing and loving man. You and your family are in our prayers!
Bob, Cindy, Jenna, Drew and
Jack Wojczynski

February 1, 2014

Jim was a good friend for many years. I enjoyed his visits and input on our lawns and a shared interest in automobiles. I'm glad I was able to help out some in the last few years, as well as his help in some of my projects, I know he enjoyed working on the VW I sold him last year- he did a great job on it. Goodbye to a nice man.
Gary Frantz