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William R. Hartman, 82


September 15, 2007


William R. Hartman, who lived 30,111 of his days with monumental strength and unwavering optimism, went home to be with his Lord Friday evening September 14, 2007. He had currently been living in Northumberland PA but lived most of his life in Middleburg PA. He was born April 6, 1925 in Middleburg PA the son of the late Randall and Abbie Strawser Hartman. 

He graduated from Middleburg High School where he excelled in baseball and was a fullback on the State Championship Soccer Team. After his graduation, he and his father owned several automobile franchises including Kaiser-Frazer, Chevrolet and Studebaker.  After his fatherís death, he was employed by the US Postal Service as a rural mail carrier from 1959 to 1973.  He was in the automobile business for several years which included ownership of Hartman Auto Sales in Hummels Wharf PA for 21 years from 1966 until 1997 when Loweís purchased the land. 

Mr. Hartman was continually increasing his education throughout his life which included General Motors Management School, Bachelor of Theology from American Bible College and American Divinity School, Youth for Christ Director School, Central Penn Christian Training Institute and he also earned his ETTA Advanced Teacher Certificiate.  Mr. Hartman also earned an MA degree from Metropolitan University and a PHD from Trinity Southern Bible College and Seminary in South Carolina.   He was a licensed minister with American Evangelical Christian Churches.  He taught Comparative Religions for 25 years at Central Penn Christian Training Institute and did a lot of interim pastoral work with area churches.  In his earlier years, he served as youth director, elder and teacher in his home church in Middleburg PA and was a Youth for Christ Club Director for several years. 

He was a member of Sunbury Bible Church for 43 years where he served as an elder for many years.  Mr. Hartman was an Honorary Life Member of USAF Air Defense Team.  Other memberships included The Gideons and the Susquehanna Valley Christian Business Menís Committee where he also sang in the quartet.  Mr. Hartman served faithfully for 30 years as a board member of the Children Evangelism Fellowship of Eastern Pennsylvania, Inc. where he also served as Secretary.

Mr. Hartman was an avid reader.  He loved talking with people and no one ever walked away from a conversation with him without learning something new or feeling optimistic about life.  He will be greatly missed by many of the people he touched in this way. 

He is survived by his wife of 51 years whom he adored, Jean Decker Hartman whom he married February 11, 1956.  Also surviving is one sister Erma Doersam of Middleburg PA.  

A Celebration of Billís life will be held Sunday, September 30, 2007 at 3:00 PM  from Sunbury Bible Church Route 11 Northumberland PA with the Reverend James B. Gross officiating. 

Burial will be private in the Glendale Cemetery in Middleburg PA.  

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Child Evangelism Fellowship, Inc. PO Box 4375 Harrisburg PA  17111 or Sunbury Bible Church Library Fund 135 Spruce Hollow Road Northumberland PA  17857. 

Arrangements are under the direction of the Visneski Funeral Home, Inc. 10 W Mahoning Street Danville PA.  


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