Rich Hartman

Richard (Rich) Hartman, of Jordan, passed away Monday, June 3, 2019 at the age of 90. A visitation will be held Thursday, June 6, 2019 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM at Ballard-Sunder Funeral & Cremation (104 First Street West) in Jordan. Mass of Christian Burial is Friday, June 7, 2019 at 11:00 AM with visitation one-hour prior at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church (313 Second Street East) in Jordan. Steven Dohmen, Shane Herman, Jacob Lucas, Tom Schepers, Brian Berger, Tucker Luskey, Krista Danner and Katen Hartman will act as urn bearers. Rich will be laid to rest at Calvary Cemetery with military honors provided by the Jordan Honor Guard.

On February 19, 1929, Richard Philip Hartman was born to Edward & Clara (Wick) Hartman. Rich loved growing up on the family farm in St. Benedict. He was just nine years old when his father passed away, so Rich quickly learned the importance of hard work. He was always so proud when his mother complimented him on his straight rows and his good crops.

In 1948, Rich enlisted in the United State Army. He served during the Korean War. He was stationed in Korea and received two Purple Hearts for his courageous service and injuries received in battle. Rich was honorably dicharged in 1952. While home on leave, Rich met Marjorie Huss, a young Union Hill girl, at a local barn dance. Love quickly blossomed. Rich and Margie were married on July 14, 1953, and they settled in Jordan to raise their family. The family enjoyed going to baseball games, swimming at Fish Lake and taking family drives on Sunday afternoons, followed by ice cream cones at Wey’s Webb gas station. The family took a yearly trip to a cabin in northern Minnesota and made so many wonderful memories. One of Rich & Margie’s fondest memories was a trip to Hawaii. They were also involved in the Polka Club of America, traveling around the state to dance in competitive events. The couple volunteered at St. John’s as religion teachers and were also members of the Ark of Yahweh prayer community. They strove to pass this strong faith in God on to their children.

When Margie passed away, Rich was heartbroken but managed to find happiness again. Rich and Ann met at a polka dance where a mutual friend introduced them. At first Ann thought Rich was too good to be true, but she quickly learned that he really was as wonderful as he seemed. Rich & Ann were married August 3, 1996. They embraced each other’s families and made a wonderful life together.

They enjoyed playing cards, dancing and cheering on the MN Twins. Rich could watch Gun Smoke and other westerns for hours on end. Rich & Ann also took many memorable road trips together with some of their favorite destinations being Texas, Arizona, Montana & the Grand Canyon.

Rich was always a hard worker. Throughout his life, he worked at the local creamery and feed mills. He ran the Corner Bar and the Hamburger Home Cafe. Rich also worked for Pekarna’s Meat Market. He had a long career in construction. He was a commercial builder for Kraus-Anderson. In retirement, Rich worked as a custodian at Jordan Elementary School, and all the students loved him!

When Rich truly retired, he had more time to spend with family and pursue his hobbies. He enjoyed bowling, going to Little Six Casino, watching old TV shows and baking. Rich was also a wonderful cook. Chili was his specialty, and he made a huge batch every Sunday. Throughout his life Rich was involved in many organizations: Knights of Columbus, American Legion, VFW, Disabled American Veterans, Honor Guard and Jordan Fire Department.

Six years ago, Rich & Ann moved into Brentwood Apartments. Rich had several health struggles, and in December, he began hospice. Rich received excellent care from his entire hospice team. On June 3, 2019, Rich passed away with Ann by his side.

He was a happy-go-lucky guy. Rich had a huge heart and a great sense ofhumor. He will be forever loved and missed by wife, Annice “Ann” Hartman; children, Charlene (David) Koepp, Bruce Hartman, Wendy (Steve) Dohmen, Brenda (Jack) Herman, Shelly (Jim) Lucas, Terry (Dave) Schepers, Cindy (Kevin) Berger, Dale (Sue) Hartman, Bonnie (Jeff) Luskey; Ann’s children, Laurene (Mike) Kietzer, Douglas (Linnea) Kuhl, Gregory (Beth) Kuhl, Valarie Kuhl, Suzanne (Bill) Roetzer, Kurt Kuhl; 47 grandchildren & 45 great-grandchildren; siblings, Alan Hartman & Alice Schanus; sister-in-law, Armella Hinderscheit; and other loving relatives & friends.

Rich was greeted in Heaven by his first wife, Margie Hartman; infant children, Ricky & Mary; grandson, Nathan Herman; parents, Ed & Clara Hartman; siblings, Virgil Hartman, Harold (Annie) Hartman, Elvira (Danny) Mornson; sister-in-law,Alda Hartman, and brother-in-law, Donny Schanus.

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  1. Holly Vohnoutka

    So sorry to hear of his passing. May God give you comfort & strength at this sad time.
    Love, Kevin & Holly Vohnoutka

  2. Donna Steinbach

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all!

  3. Bob and Kim Dirks

    Bonnie, Jeff and the entire Hartman family~
    What a wonderful man he was! He raised an even more wonderful bunch of children. Bonnie I am so happy that we had so much fun reminiscing about your dad on Sunday night, such wonderful stories that we could enjoy! Like you told me, he is a peace dancing with his first, true love!

    God Bless!

  4. Great guy, enjoyed always to to him about when he was young boy growing up in St. Benedict and his time in the Korean War

  5. Eva Danner Horton

    Our prayers are with you all. Eva and Ray Horton

  6. Rena & Bob Mornson

    So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and Prayers to all. So glad we got to see Uncle Rich last Saturday at the Hartman Breakfast. He will be missed, but never, ever forgotten. Love to all!

  7. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you! He will be greatly missed! Sending hugs across the miles. So sorry we will not be able to attend the wake or funeral. We were hoping the funeral would be on Saturday, because we are coming to MN for a graduation party on Sunday. As it is, Gary and I are both co-chairs for our church’s huge Thrift Sale, so we must be there on Thursday and Friday! Please let us know if there is any way we can help out!
    Gary and Deb

  8. So sorry for your loss!

  9. Bob and Audre Johnson

    So sorry for your loss. Prayers of peace for you and your family. May your memories provide comfort.

  10. My heartfelt sympathies go out to the family and friends. May you find some comfort in the promise found in Revelation 21: 3-4 and 1 Thessalonians 4:14. Knowing that there is an opportunity to be reunited with loved ones.

  11. Carol Jean Bauer

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families at this time of loss. Richard was a great guy. He was fun to be around with.

  12. Thinking of you as you celebrate a life well lived! What a legacy he’s left! Rich was always fun to visit with when I would run into him. He will be missed by many.

  13. I am very sorry to hear of your Dad’s death. During my high school years,100 years ago, I felt very close to your family, as I babysat Charleen, Bruce, Wendy, and Brenda. I remember well the day your dad drove your Family to St. Ben’s to visit me when I was a student there. Your visit was a complete surprise to me. I can still see the caravan of little Hartman children coming toward me on the sidewalk.
    I broke down in happy tears. You were wonderful children!
    I regret that I will not be able to attend his Mass. I , just now , found out about his death.
    I love you all! Joyce

  14. Patty Mollberg

    I will never forget the Hartmann’s up the hill. Marge gave me my first rutabaga from her garden, I have nothing but great memories knowing Richard and all of his kids. He raised wonderful children and I will always cherish my memories with them. Thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. Your dad and mom raised a wonderful group of kids! Xo Patty Hartmann Mollberg

  15. I saw Laurene’s condolence message for Mr. Don Gunderson in Lomira, WI and that she would be in Minnesota for her step-dad’s funeral. We go back many years when we lived in Lomira , WI. Remembering that Ann was in Jordan, MN, and with technology, I searched for the obituary. Ann would call me when I worked at KCHK radio in New Prague, MN and request a song for Rich. I remember Ann telling me that when Rich’s birthday fell on President’s Day, all the flags were out for his birthday. I’m thinking of you and send you my deepest sympathy.

  16. Ann, Roger and I want to extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family. We understand he was able to celebrate his 90th birthday with all. Sorry we couldn’t be there with you. Marlys and Roger

  17. Condolences to your family. All my love!
    Love Lori

  18. Pat (Lucius) Will

    So sorry to hear of Rich’s passing. Sending thoughts and prayers to all.

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