Robert Duane “RD” Harmon

Robert Duane “RD” Harmon, formally of Texas, died on May 24, 2024 at his home in Plainville, KS, at the age of 73. He was born on July 3, 1950 to Duane and Wilma (Ginther) Harmon in Garden City, Kansas.

RD grew up in Logan, Kansas and graduated from Logan High School in 1968. He later attended Kansas State University and graduated (1972) with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Economics and Marketing. He was a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity, a student senator, student body president and student finance chairman. After graduating from Kansas State University, he moved to Hays, Kansas and started a meatpacking business, which eventually led him to Alaska. After staying for about six months, he decided to move south to Guadalajara, Mexico. During his adventure, RD made a few stops along the way. One of these included Grants Pass, Oregon, where he met Lorrie (Gustafson) Brous. During this marriage came a stepson and four children: Matthew, Jarrett, Rusty, Laramie and Rowdy. In September 1978, they settled in Logan, Kansas, where RD operated Harmon Enterprises, eventually moving to the family farm south of Logan to manage day-to-day operations. During that time, RD and Lorrie also ran the Trading Post Cafe in Logan, as well as the VFW in Stockton, and then Rowdy’s Bar and Grill in Hill City in 1993.

In 1995, RD decided his dreams were too big for small-town life and hit the road for the rest of his life. He has lived in many places over the years and commercialized his business ventures and start-up ideas. He later ended up in Tyler, Texas, where he happily called home because of the beautiful weather year-round. When his health took a turn, his children helped him move to Plainville, Kansas.

RD always enjoyed hunting, fishing, entertaining and cooking. He was always ready for a good time and that usually included a meal and good company. If you’ve ever attended a dance or party hosted by RD, you knew it was going to be a great time. RD also enjoyed raising livestock and breeding and training horses.

RD is survived by his children, Matthew (Mandi) Brous, of Hays, KS, Jarrett (Jacque) Harmon, of Plainville, KS, Russell (Amanda) Harmon, of Hill City, KS, Laramie Harmon, of Hill City, KS, Shane “Rowdy” (Desiree) Harmon, of Hill City, Kansas; 15 grandchildren; siblings, Cindy (Rex) Hill, of San Antonio, TX, Tam (Marc) Kemper, of Logan, KS, Marla (Bill) Ashmore, of Logan, KS, Chuck (Jody) Harmon, of Garnett, KS, Trina (Antoine Britten) Harmon, from Nashville, Tennessee.

He is preceded in death by his parents, grandparents and his uncle Teddy Joe.

A celebration of life service will be held on June 21, 2024 at the Cowboy Junction in Hill City, Kansas. There will be a social hour from 5 p.m. and a service will follow shortly afterwards.

Come join us in celebrating the life of RD Harmon by honoring him with a live band and a real “Rowdy’s” fashion party later this evening. Online condolences may be left for the family at

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