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“I was a manager trainee and was assigned to the sales department at Kmart in the early 70's in Troy. He would always come down to the sales...Read More »
1 of 15 | Posted by: John Eklund

“Sorry to hear of your father's passing. Treasure his memories. ”
2 of 15 | Posted by: Denise LaPonsey-Daughetee - Akron, PA

“Jean,Mary, Tom, Dan& Jeff, I will always have fond memories of Herb as Mary & I grew up in Birmingham. Great stories of Kresges & Kmart and...Read More »
3 of 15 | Posted by: Lou Wolf Vallance - MI

“Sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Wardlow. I worked for him when he was in the Sales Dept. at Kresge's main office. He was always very kind and...Read More »
4 of 15 | Posted by: Diane Josey - redford, MI

“Mr. Wardlow was a great leader for Kresge / K mart. When I was assistant mgr of the month for the Central Region he sent me a hand written note...Read More »
5 of 15 | Posted by: Rod Brumley - shelby twp, MI

“Dear Tom & Nancy, Elizabeth, Jack, and Chris, Our love and prayers are with you as you remember and celebrate the life of your dad and Grandpa....Read More »
6 of 15 | Posted by: Molly & Dan MacLean - MI

“May God Bless Ervin 'Herb' Wardlow. ”
7 of 15 | Posted by: Joseph Palko - Knoxville, TN

“Dear Jean and Family...We send our deepest sympathy. We have many fond memories of stories Herb shared with us about his youth, flying experiences...Read More »
8 of 15 | Posted by: Jerry and Peggy Widmer - NV

“There simply was no one better than Mr. Wardlow. I got to know him fairly well during my time in Vero Beach, FL. He was the ultimate Merchant and a...Read More »
9 of 15 | Posted by: Jerry Bird - Cleveland, TN

“You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this time of loss. I will miss Herb, who acted as a friend and mentor when I was coming up through the...Read More »
10 of 15 | Posted by: Robert E. Hayes, Jr. - MI

“We have many good memories working with Herb at Kmart Headquarters. Our deepest sympathy to Jean and the family. ”
11 of 15 | Posted by: Carl & Linda Peterson - MI

“Was sorry to hear of Herb's passing.Our sympathy to Jean and family. ”
12 of 15 | Posted by: clinton and carol white - GA

“Michael and I are saddened to hear of Uncle Herb’s death. We wish there was something we could say or do to ease the pain. Our deepest sympathy...Read More »
13 of 15 | Posted by: Michael, Marina Mack - WI

“My heart is heavy this week with the loss of my dear Uncle Herb. Deepest symphathies to Aunt Jean, Dan, Mary, Tom, Jeff and their families at this...Read More »
14 of 15 | Posted by: Betty Budris Rasbid - Gurnee, IL

“Extending my deep sympathy for the loss of Uncle Herb. Thinking of Aunt Jean, Dan, Mary, Tom, Jeff and your families. You're in my thoughts and...Read More »
15 of 15 | Posted by: Floy Wardlow Allen - Saint Joseph, MO


At age 17 Herb worked as a stock boy for Kresge in Kansas City. He worked his way up in the company to become President of Kmart Corporation and retired in 1980 as Vice Chairman. He was a veteran of the Army Air Force, serving as a B17 flight instructor during WWII. After retirement from Kmart he was a consultant for Dollar General, Woolihan Lumber and Discount Auto. He was very active with the KMart alumni group. He was very much a “people person” and was all about merchandising and connecting products to people. He married Jean Brandt in 1946, after meeting her at the Kresge store where they both worked. Family was most important to him, and he also loved to trap shoot and play golf. Loving husband of Jean for 64 years. Dear father of Dan (Joe Erwin), Mary Abraham, Tom (Nancy Bourget) and Jeff (Julie McDonald). Dear grandfather of Katie and Paul Abraham, Elizabeth, Jack, Chris, Sam, Joe and Sally Wardlow. Family will receive friends at A.J. Desmond & Sons (Vasu, Rodgers & Connell Chapel), 32515 Woodward Ave. (btw 13-14 Mile) Friday 2-8pm. Scripture service 7pm. Funeral Mass Saturday 12:30p.m. at St. Regis Church, 3695 Lincoln at Lahser, Bloomfield Hills. Visitation begins at church at 12:00noon.

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