Charles M. Hartman, Jr. was born on Dec. 24, 1925, in Leeper, Mo., to Charles and Lura (Roberts) Hartman. He passed away on Oct. 30, 2019, in his home in Sarcoxie, Mo., at the age of 93.
His family moved to Houston, Mo., in 1932. Charles married Evelyn Siebert on Oct. 12, 1951. To this union were born seven children: Clayton, Linda, Thomas, Pamela, Julie, Daniel and Brian. Evelyn passed away July 22, 1989.
In March of 1944, at age 18, Charles registered for the draft and entered the Army. He served during World War II in England, Germany and France with the Combat Engineers. After his military service, he continued his education for three years at the University of Missouri. He worked at Fort Leonard Wood from 1951 to 1981 in construction and disbursement of ammunition and explosives. He also performed duties as a jailer and bailiff at the Texas County Courthouse and served one term as a county commissioner.
He accepted Jesus Christ as his savior at age 12 at Ozark Baptist Church. He later moved his membership to Houston First Baptist Church where he served faithfully as a deacon, Sunday School teacher, bus driver and Training Union Director. Upon moving to Sarcoxie in 2006, he joined the Sarcoxie First Baptist Church and served as a deacon. He loved his church and family.
Charles married Kathy Ames on March 16, 1991. They enjoyed gardening, hosting family and friends in their home, and traveling, especially trips to Germany to visit Kathy’s brothers and their families. He enjoyed viewing sports and was a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals. As an avid fisherman, he spent many hours floating the rivers with his kids and friends and as a fishing guide. He was a Mason for 59 years and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Houston, a life member of the DAV, and a past member of the Sarcoxie Lions Club. He always made time to visit with neighbors and friends.
Charles is survived by his second wife, Kathy, of the home; four sons, Clayton (Valerie) Hartman, of Bucyrus, Mo., Thomas (Marilyn) Hartman, Houston, Mo., Daniel (Cindy) Hartman, Houston, Mo., Brian (Annette) Hartman, Summersville, Mo.; two daughters, Pamela (Gary) Sowell, Houston, Mo., and Julie Hartman and friend, Charles Riley, Houston, Mo.; one brother, James C. Hartman, Syracuse, N.Y.; nine grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Also surviving are his step-children, Melinda (Kevin) Bogle, of Neosho, Mo., Ramona Brandon, of Joplin, Mo., Peggy Mattox Lentz, of Joplin, Mo., Tamera (Ernie) Elliott, Palatka, Fla., Gregory Mattox, Oklahoma City, Okla.; seven step-grandchildren and five step-great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his parents; first wife, Evelyn; daughter, Linda Coats; and brother, Glenn Hartman.
The family would like to express their gratitude to Melanie Carmichael, Tristen McClanahan and all the staff at the Sarcoxie Nursing Center for the wonderful care given Charles during his stay. The family is thankful for the support of Dr. Roger Sacry, Roger Flint, Cathy Ward and Kristin Miller of Integrity Home Care & Hospice that allowed Charles to spend his last days in his home surrounded by his family. We deeply appreciate the kindness and devotion of our dear friend, Phyllis Carr, who has given so much of herself on a daily basis to help the family in numerous ways. She is a blessing.
Visitation and services were at the Evans Funeral Home, Houston. Visitation was at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, followed by Masonic Rites. Services were at 2 p.m.. Burial followed at the Ozark Cemetery in Houston.
He requested these songs at his funeral service: Amazing Grace, One Day at a Time, How Great Thou Art and When the Roll is Called Up Yonder.
Pallbearers were Clayton Hartman, Thomas Hartman, Danny Hartman, Brian Hartman, Dustin Hartman, Chase Hartman, Andrew Wood and Charlie Litchfield. Honorary pallbearers were Wayne McKinney, Buck Wade, Charlie Riley and Kevin Bogle.