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Harold Hartman

January 26, 1922 ~ August 1, 2018 (age 96)

Harold E. Hartman, age 96 of Kendallville, Indiana passed away Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at the Orchard Pointe Health Campus.  Born on January 26, 1922 in Jefferson Township, Noble County, Indiana, he was the son of John O. Hartman and Gertrude E. (Trowbridge) Hartman. Harold grew up in DeKalb County, Indiana on a farm and attended Ashley High School through the 10th Grade.  In 1942 he married Ella Marie Frey and they celebrated 71 years of marriage till her death in October, 2013. His three siblings, Ralph Hartman, Bernice (Hartman) Freeman, and Walter Hartman preceded him in death. 

Harold is survived by his son, Jack Hartman of Kendallville and daughter Patsy (Hartman) Atkins of DeMotte, Indiana; four grandchildren: James Hartman, Sarah Hartman, Piper (Atkins) Stowers and Robert Atkins along with ten great-grandchildren.

A good portion of his life he supported his family as a farmer and then was employed at the Kendallville Feed Mill from 1951 to 1964 and the Steckley’s Feed Mill from 1964 through 1983. He retired in 1985 and moved to Kendallville to enjoy fishing, mushroom hunting, traveling to Gulf Shores, Alabama in the winter and telling anecdotes of his life to anyone who wanted to listen.

Funeral services will be held Monday, August 6, 2018 at the Hite Funeral Home in Kendallville at 1:00 pm with viewing from 11:00 am till 1:00 pm prior to the funeral service. Rev. Steven Bahrt will officiate the funeral service. Burial will take place at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.  Memorial donations may be made to Faith United Methodist Church or to Parkview Noble Hospice. Arrangements entrusted to Hite Funeral Home. Share a favorite memory or send a condolence online at


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