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Mount Ayr Record News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, November 15, 1990


Ivan Claude HARTMAN, son of William Claude and Louise (PRICE) HARTMAN, was born on a farm near Stratton, Nebraska on December 11, 1915, and departed his worldly life November 9, 1990, at the age of 74 years, 10 months and 29 days.

He received his education in Stratton and worked as a John Deere mechanic. In November 1937, he moved with his family to a farm east of Delphos, Iowa.

He was united in marriage to Donella DEIBERT on June 15, 1940, in Bethany, Missouri, by a family friend, Rev. H. G. BLOOMFIELD. With the exception of six month living in Conway, Missouri, Ringgold County - mainly Mount Ayr - has been their home, where they have farmed, worked, and raised their three children: Anna Katherine (Kay), Donna Rae, and Ivan Neil. About eight years ago, Tong and Lan TRAN joined the family circle when their Vietnamese family moved to California after living in Mount Ayr for several years and being close friends of the HARTMANS.

Ivan was baptized into the Mount Ayr First Christian Church on Easter Sunday, March 28, 1948, by the Rev. Harold REEL. He was a faithful member, having serve as deacon, Sunday school superintendent, singing in the choir, and serving in many other capacities as needed.

His main occupation after his farming days was spent as a farm mechanic for Roe Implement, and he spent 26 years as a mechanic and a partsman for Fennema Implement. As he reached retirement age, he was not content to sit at home, so he became a custodian for Clearview Home and drove the Southern Iowa Trolley until ill health prevented that earlier this Spring.

Music had a priority in his life, singing and playing his guitar for the enjoyment of others. He loved people and was never happier than when he was a part of the Tingley Kitchen Band, The Friday Singers, and playing for the Congregate Meal Site and many nursing homes in the area. he was also a volunteer for activities at these places.

Ivan and Donella were privileged to celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary just prior to his illness this Summer. It was a joyous day spent with a host of family and friends.

Preceding Ivan in death were his mother, Louise, and father, Claude HARTMAN; three brothers, Caryl (Pete), Vernon (Bill), and John; nephews: Thomas Dean, Otto, Larry Lee Ste[portion missing]

Those who survive to cherish his memory are his wife, Donella; daughters, Anna Kathryn (Kay) and husband, Millard ROTHERT, of Des Moines, Iowa; Donna Rae and husband, Jerry Jay JONES, of Indianola, Iowa; and sons: Ivan Neil and wife Su Ellen (Suzi HARPIN) HARTMAN, of Mount Ayr, Iowa. Also, special children: Tong and Betty (KENNEDY) TRAN of Des Moines, Iowa, and Lan (TRAN) and Robert NGUYEN of Santa Ana, California; grandchildren: Christine (WARE) and Darryn Lyn DUGAN of Des Moines, Iowa; Rachelle (HUDSON) and Christopher Lee DUGAN of Indianola, Iowa; Travis Neil and Shannon Lynn HARTMAN of Mount Ayr, Iowa; Tyler Ky, Leah Marie and Haley Leigh TRAN of Des Moines, Iowa; and Peter John and Christopher Jay NGUYEN of Santa Ana, California; step-grandchildren: Jake JONES and Brian JONES of Indianola, Iowa, and Serena (SLATER) and Kevin JONES of Clearfield, Iowa; great-grandchildren: Dawn Marie, Vanessa Ranae and David Lee DUGAN of Des Moines, Iowa, and Joshua Lee DUGAN of Indianola, Iowa; step-great-grandchildren: Karen Nichole and Robert Don JONES of Clearfield, Iowa. The little ones were always a joy for him to have around.

Also surviving are six sisters and one brother: Helen McNEW, McCook, Nebraska; Bette WENDELL, Boise, Idaho; Laurene RILEY and Arda HARTMAN, Bethany, Missouri; Doris and Paul HOOK, Independence, Missouri; Patty and C. W. GENTRY, Bethany, Missouri; and Robert and Colleen HARTMAN, Mt. Moriah, Missouri; and three sisters-in-law, Mabel HARTMAN, Virginia HARTMAN and Margaret HARTMAN; nieces, nephews and many friends.

Make the moment count.
You've only one life to live.
Our days and years so swiftly mount
Today's the day to give.
Why waste precious time on empty and foolish things?
For there are heights sublime to climb
Attainment sweet victr'y brings.
Give your days to God.
He'll omnifiscent counsel give
And guide you by His Holy Word.
Today's the day to live.
Give your all today.
Let Christ be Lord of all things.
With rich reward our God will pay;
Great joy and peace He'll bring!

by Kathryn Thorne Bosher

Precious memories -- how they'll linger of his
Artistic and musical abilities, his
Pride in family and friends
Peace, beautiful peace at last, but
Young at heart 'til the very end.
To us, he was one of a kind. His "country" nickname, his "country" twang when he sang and picked his guitar. PAPPY -- very fitting for this man. Many changes have taken place since he first became PAPPY, but all the children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren knew and loved THEIR PAPPY. He would give them the shirt off his back or whatever else might be needed if he had it to give. He was there for them. And he will be sadly missed by all his offspring. PAPPY -- not grandfather, not grandpa. PAPPY -- another word for LOVE for three generations. Whenever they would leave, he would always say, "Come back and see Pappy." It may be a while now, but someday, one by one, we'll see him again, and he'll be happily greeted with "Hi, PAPPY!"

When You were born, everyone was happy. You cried alone. Make your life such that, in your last hours, all others are weeping, and you are the only one without a tear to shed. Then you can calmly face death when it comes.

Funeral services were held November 12, 1990 from the First Christian Church in Mount Ayr, Iowa, conducted by Rev. Phil KINTON and Rev. Ralph JOHNSON. Music was provided by Mike GREENE, Mrs. Jim JONES and Mrs. Robert FISHER.

Casketbearers were Max McGEHEE, Wayne McGEHEE, Phillip FOLTZ, Merritt TRIGGS, Raymond WALTER and Donald SOLLIDAY. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery at Mount Ayr, Iowa.

Submission by Ann Wyer, April of 2012

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