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Stuart L. Hartman


September 23, 2019


Stuart L. Hartman, 99, of Danville PA went home to be with his Lord on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at Emmanuel Nursing Center Danville PA.  He was born August 8, 1920 at home in the same room where his father was born August 1, 1887 the son of the late Stuart A. and Laura Pursel Hartman.   

He was married to the love of his life The Late Barbara Straub Hartman on November 19, 1942 in the Harry and Christine Fahringer Straub home, while Stuart was home during his first leave during World War II.  Barbara passed away April 20, 2009. 

He graduated from Danville High School in 1938 and then from Bloomsburg State Teacherís College with a bachelorís degree in Commercial Education and a specialty in Retail Selling.   

His dedication and accomplishments in serving his Country in the United States Navy were honorable and numerous.  Among many, he was a young Naval Reserve Lieutenant who was almost hit by an armor-piercing projectile from an enemy plane and nearly escaped death.  He was on duty at this time on the USS Purdy on the island of Okinawa.  The USS Purdy was awarded the ďNavy Unit CitationĒ for action in shooting down 5 Kamikaze Planes before the final plane of a group of 50 was downed by the USS Purdy guns where it ricocheted and hit the ship.  It is of note, that President Franklin D. Roosevelt died this same day. 

Stuart was very active in his previous churches,  St. Peterís United Methodist Church in many capacities and the Oaklyn Independent Baptist Church in Sunbury PA where he served as a Board Member and taught Adult Sunday School classes.  He was a Certified Lay Speaker in the Methodist Church for many years. 

Very active in his community, Stuart was a member of First Baptist Church of Danville, he was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post 40, served on the Danville Area School Board, the Board of the Central PA Youth Ministries and Campus Crusade. Stuart also served as President of the Muncy Terraces and President of the Sunbury Christian Businessmenís Committee  

Stuart took up the game of golf after retiring.  He enjoyed trying to get a score equal to his present age and hoped to have a hole in one. 

He will be remembered by his family as an outstanding Dad and role model and a picture of what God is like.  Stuart was a joyous man with engaging attentiveness to others no matter where he ran into them.  He will be greatly missed by his family and friends, all of whom he adored. 

He was office manager of Dial Loan Company of Danville PA from 1952-1962.  He then resigned and bought what he named Hartmanís Twin Kiss Ice Cream in Riverside PA.  After five years, he sold the business after getting too busy as a real estate salesman for Boedker and DeVoe.  He later founded his own company, Heart Realty, Inc. in Danville PA which was later changed to Century 21 Heart Realty.  When he retired, his son Dan Hartman, as a realtor, bought the business. 

He is survived by two sons; Tom Hartman and his wife Kathy of Sunbury PA and Dan Hartman and his wife Susan of Danville.  Also surviving are eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.   He was preceded in death by three sons; Gary, James and John Hartman and one grandson, Jeffery Burgess.  He was also preceded in death by four brothers; Wellington, Luther, James and Paul and two sisters; Dorothy Moore and Helen Rhawn.  

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Stuartís Life to be held Monday, September 30, 2019 at 11:00AM at First Baptist Church of Danville PA 12 Brookside Drive (Off 642 East) with his pastor the Reverend Dawes J. Dunham officiating assisted by Pastor Roy K. Clippinger of Oaklyn Independent Baptist Church Sunbury.   Burial will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery Danville PA.  Friends will be received from 9:30 AM until 10:45 AM.  The family will provide flowers.  Military rites will be accorded by the American Legion Post 40 Honor Guard. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Oaklyn Independent Baptist Route 576  PA-61 Sunbury PA  17801  or Central Pennsylvania Youth Ministries 117 11th Avenue Shamokin Dam 17876. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Visneski Funeral Home, Inc. 42 West Mahoning Street Danville PA.  www.visneski.com


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