Glen E. (Bud) Tolman, 83, of Overland Park, Kansas passed on January 9, 2019.

Bud was born to Glen and Wilma Tolman on February 9, 1935 in Kansas City, Kansas. After attending Washington High School, he spent a few years on a custom harvest crew and was then drafted into the Army.  In 1960 he graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Ag Education. He married Zola LeSage in 1960. Other than a short stint in Denver, where Bud worked for Ciba-Geigy, they lived together in Overland Park, Kansas most of their lives.  Together they raised 2 children.

He leaves, as his legacy, 2 children: Lori Kowalski, and Grant Tolman (Anjanette) as well as 3 grandchildren, Chloe Kowalski and Grayson & Annie Tolman.  His children remember him as an honorable, and loving father.  In addition to his beloved wife, he also leaves two siblings, Janice Lewis and Linda Tolman, to cherish his memory.

Bud was President and Co-Founder of Chem-Trol, Inc., Vegetation Management Supply, Inc and Arbor-ROW, Inc. from 1964 until he sold his businesses and retired in 2006.  He was known to all as a kindhearted, generous and successful businessman.

Bud was also a Mason and a fraternity member of the Shawnee Masonic Lodge, The Scottish Rite and Abdallah Shriners.

During his retirement, Bud spent many days at his 240 acre farm in Mound City, Kansas where he created a beautiful sanctuary including a 3 acre pond, planted fruit trees, and spent time hunting and fishing. He loved his solitude in harmony with mother-nature.  He volunteered at the Overland Park Arboretum working on things like prairie restoration, giving tours and running event parking.  Bud also spent many happy hour afternoons at Overtime Bar as well as Johnny’s Tavern.  His amusing character and spirit were enjoyed by all who met him and will live on through his crew of friends and those whose lives he touched.

Services to honor Bud are scheduled for February 9th, with a visitation at 12:30 and a service at 1:30 at Country Club Christian Church, at 6101 Ward Pkwy, Kansas City, MO. A Celebration of Life will follow (location TBD) from 3:00 – 5:00 according to Bud’s wishes.  In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to The Kansas State University Foundation Tolman Family Scholarship.  Bud and Zola endowed this scholarship to provide financial assistance for excellent students majoring in Agriculture.  Contributions may be sent to:  KSU Foundation, 1800 Kimball Ave., Ste 200, Manhattan, KS 66502. Please indicate fund M47241. To make a gift online, go to  Assistance by Funeral Advocates, LLC.


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