Wayne J. Hartman, 95, passed away on September 8, 2019 surrounded by his family at Great River Hospice House.
Born in Lebanon, IA, on April 11, 1924 he was the son of Charles (Swede) Harold and Evelyn (Ellen) Wire Hartman. He grew up living in his grandparents' home in Cantril, IA. Later, Wayne and his parents moved to Burlington.
He married the love of his life, Martha Mae Willson on February 9, 1951. They met by chance one day when Martha got off work at Schramms and was waiting for the bus. Friends introduced them, Wayne offered her a ride home and they were inseparable ever since. They has many wonderful years together before Martha was diagnosed with Alzhiemers. Wayne cared for her faithfully until his health no longer allowed him to.
Wayne graduated from BHS and then was drafted to serve in WWII. He served in the Air Force and was stationed in England, France and Germany. He achieved the rank of Sergeant and was in the 404th fighter squadron. Upon his return to the U.S., he finished college earning an engineering degree. He was first employed by Burlington Instrument Co. and later the IAAP. He was instrumental in the design of the Iowa Loader. He retired from the IAAP after a 30 year career.
Wayne was a quiet man who devoted his time to his family. He worked hard to provide a great life for his wife and daughters. He loved new inventions and marveled how today's cars can answer phones and give you direction to anyplace you want to go. Wayne's mind was still sharp and he loved sharing Air Force stories, reminiscing about teaching his daughters to ride their first bikes an going on family drives. In his spare time he was a master of calligraphy writing. Every birthday card and letter always had his special lettering. He loved new cars, big band music, football, WWII documentaries and most of all his family.
He is survived by three daughters, Vicki (John) Cameron of Shawnee, KS, Nancy Hartman of Olathe, KS and Cammy (Duane) Kelley of Burlington, one brother, Bruce Hartman of Bovey, MN; three grandchildren, Paul Cameron of Leawood, KS, Brynn (Brandon) Brinkman of Gardner, KS and Ruth (Adam) Bennett of Neosho, MO; and two great-grandchildren, Rhett Bennett and arriving soon, Valerie Bennett.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife and parents.
The family would like to thank Dr. Niehaus, the second floor nurses at Great River Medical Center and especially the Hospice staff. We greatly appreciated your support and care.
Cremation has been entrusted to the care of Prugh~Thielen Crematory.
Per his wishes, there will be no visitation and a private service will be held at a later date.
A memorial has been established for Great River Hospice.
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