JOHN W. HARTMAN
John W. Hartman, 91, of Kansas City, passed away February 25th at Lees Summit Medical Center.
John was born to George D. and Ruth (Corn) Hartman on the 13th of May, 1923 in Salem, NE. His father died when he was just 11 years old in the dust-bowl depression of 1934. This contributed to a rugged self-reliance that was the hallmark of his life. After graduation from Grand Island High School in 1941, John answered our country’s call and proudly served in the US Army in WWII. He was a veteran of the Normandy landings and the European Theater of Operations.
John married his high school sweetheart Dorothy Mae Lemmon on August 29th, 1943. After the war he attended the University of Nebraska where he graduated in 1951with a degree in structural engineering. He moved his young family to Kansas City and began a career that spanned more than 50 years. John worked with Black & Veech, Bendix, Allied/Signal and operated his own consulting practice well into his eighties.
He was active in the Boy Scouts of America, becoming a Sachem in the tribe of Mic-O-Say. John participated in local and regional Republican politics, and never failed to vote. He served as President and as Treasurer of the Fairlane Homes Association for more than 50 years. He enjoyed sailing, golf and was renowned as a trout fisherman extraordinaire.
After his wife of 65 years passed away in 2008 John continued to live independently right up to the day of his death.
John is survived by sons Robert of San Diego, James of Lenexa, daughter Judy Thone of Chesterfield, MO, their spouses Lisa, Debra and Bill, grandchildren Melissa Thone, Brian Thone , Dan Youmans, Joe Clark, Gloria and David Young, and great-granddaughter Kayla Clark. He was loved and will be remembered by family and many friends and associates.
Visitation will be at noon, Tuesday March 3rd at Longview Funeral Home and Cemetery with graveside services to follow at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to one’s favorite charity.