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DON HARTMAN, age 64, formerly of Kendallville and recently of Anderson, died from an extended illness on Friday, April 20, 2012 at his home in Anderson.
Don was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana on February 1, 1948 to Ralph Paul Hartman and Mildred Marie (Baughman) Cole.
He graduated from Auburn High School in 1966 and he was married Jenny Walkup on August 7, 1966 in Kendallville.
Don retired in 2001 from Dana Corporation after 24 years of service. He was a district sales manager with Dana.
After he retired from Dana, Don transported recreational vehicles all over the country and he would often take family members with him on his trips. His family meant everything to Don, and he loved spending quality time his grandsons, family and friends. Don was a huge car enthusiast. He was NASCAR and Indy car racing fan. Don also drove his own drag racer. His other passion in life was boating. Don and Jenny spent much of their time around South Haven on Lake Michigan on their Cabin Cruiser. He also enjoyed technology and his computer. Don was a member of the Kendallville Masonic Lodge and Mizpah Shrine in Fort Wayne.
His wife, Jenny Hartman of Anderson.
Daughter, Lisa and Tom Smith of Hudson, Wisconsin.
Two grandsons, Taylor and Nick Smith of Hudson, Wisconsin.
His mother and step-father, Millie and Charlie Cole of Auburn.
Brother, Dick and Cindy Hartman of Fremont.
Sister, Kathy Cole of Auburn.
Mother-in-law, Pearl Walkup Schmader of Kendallville.
Brothers-in-law and their wives, Charles and Katherine Walkup; Bill and Kelly Walkup; Frank and Rita Walkup;
and Ron and Pam Walkup.
Step brothers and sisters including Bob Voltz, Max Voltz, Mike Voltz, Sandy Cole, Holly Diedrich, Dan Cole, Susan Decker and Tom Cole. Also, many nieces and nephews survive.
He was preceded in death by his father and his wife, Ralph and Pat Hartman and his fathers-in-law, George Lake Walkup and Ed Schmader.
Visitation will be Tuesday, April 24, 2012 from 4:00-8:00pm at Hite Funeral Home, 403 South Main Street in Kendallville. There will be a Masonic service conducted by members of the Kendallville F&AM Lodge at 7:45pm.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 11:00am at Hite Funeral Home.
Officiating the funeral service will be Rev. Lyle Ewing from the Auburn Presbyterian Church.
Burial will be at Orange Cemetery in Rome City.
Casketbearers will be his two grandsons, Taylor and Nick, and his brothers-in-law, Charles, Bill, Frank, and Ron Walkup.
Preferred memorials may be made to Saint John's Home Health Care & Hospice, 2015 Jackson Street, Anderson, IN 46016 or to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2211 North Oak Park Avenue, Chicago, IL 60707.
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