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