Military veteran

Harold “Hal” William Gartner, 88, died Thursday, June 20, 2013, at Licking Residential Care.

He was born April 25, 1925, in Maspeth Queens, N.Y. He and Martha Bachman were married in 1951. He was drafted into the Navy in 1943 and served until. His high school training in being a machinist helped with duties aboard the John M. Bermingham D.E. 530 ship. He became a police officer for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. In 1973, he retired and opened an archery pro shop with shooting lanes. He quit the shop in 1980 and became a security guard at Rutgers University. He retired in 1990 at age 65. In 1993, he moved to Gilbert, Pa., and was active in the Coreyland Church. He moved to Missouri in February 2008 to be closer to his grandchildren. While living at Licking Residential Care, he wrote two poetry books and a personal memoir. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Martha; and two sons, Neil and Robert. Survivors include a son, William Gartner of Newtown, Pa.; two daughters, Joanne Gartner of Nutley, N.J., and Diane Urton of Licking; three grandchildren; and a sister, Louise Rogers of Johnstown, Pa. Services with military honors were Monday, June 24, at Fox Funeral Home Chapel. Memorials may be made to Licking Residential Care. Online condolences may be made at

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