Ulysses Glen “Butch” Hardwick, 74, of milemarker 123 in Bryant, went to be with our God in Heaven on Friday, Aug. 19.
He was born March 9, 1937, in Sasakwa, Okla., to Guy and Lucille Hardwick and was the second oldest of four children. In his early adult years he served in the U.S. Navy where he played baseball.
From the Navy, he was scouted to play Triple A Ball for the then Kansas City Athletics (now the Oakland Athletics).
Butch was a truck driver for more than 30 years and retired in 2001. He enjoyed his many years on the road and since retirement has enjoyed making trips to visit family and friends as often as possible.
His love of baseball has continued throughout his life. His favorite baseball teams have been the Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals. He loved the Oklahoma Sooners – especially Sooner football. He was also a proud member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel Guy and Sarah Lucille (Gaines) Hardwick; one brother, Don Hardwick; a stepdaughter, Carie Middleton; and a grandson, Camron Bradshaw.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy Leato (Ott) Hardwick; two daughters, Kerri Hardwick Bradshaw (Roy) of Coweta, Okla., and Chrystie Hardwick Bennett (Dale) of Bryant; a son, Stanley Kevin Hardwick and wife Lynn of Broken Arrow, Okla.; two stepdaughters, Cindi Rogers of Mobile, Ala., and Connie Motl of Mabelvale;one stepson, Craig Middleton of Hutchison, Kan.; two sisters, Charlsie Durrett of Charleston, and Cleta Hoffman of Broken Arrow, Okla.; seven grandchildren, Beau Bradshaw and wife Candy, Audra Bradshaw Peterson and husband Daniel, Ethan Bennett, Colbi Rebecca June Hardwick, Ryan Rogers and wife Michelle, Justin Castleberry and Jonathan Motl; six great-grandchildren and many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers and sisters-in-law.
A celebration of life will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22, at Dial & Dudley Funeral Home in Bryant.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to a favorite charity.
Online guest book: www.dialanddudleyfuneralhome.com .