John W. Hartman, age 87, of Iola, Kansas, passed away on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at Windsor Place, Iola, Kansas.
He was the first of three children born to Walter and Clara (Petzell) Hartman. John was born October 5, 1928, at Kincaid, Kansas. He graduated from Welda High School, Welda, Kansas in 1947. Following his graduation John entered into the United States Army in 1947. He was a veteran of the Korean War. John was stationed in Europe prior to the war. He was honorably discharged in 1956. John returned from the service to his home family's farm near Welda, later moving to Iola, Kansas. He married Velma (Conner) Johnson on November 30, 1965 in Iola, Kansas. John considered Velma's four children as his own. They later moved to Olathe, Kansas where John worked as mail carrier in Lenexa, Kansas for the United States Post Office for 28 years. Following his retirement John and Velma moved to LaHarpe, Kansas where they made their home until John's move to Windsor Place in Iola in 2008. John enjoyed taking care of his numerous cats over the years. He also enjoyed traveling, gardening and playing as well as listening to music. In his later years he enjoyed going for walks around LaHarpe and playing bingo. His greatest joy was his grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Clara Hartman; his wife, Velma Hartman; son, Billy Dean Johnson; daughter, Patricia Collins; son-in-law, Joe Collins; and grandson, Troy Collins.
John is survived by his son, Alan Johnson and wife Rosemary of Columbus, Kansas; daughter, Gloria Brown of Kansas City, Missouri; one daughter-in-law, Judy Johnson of Independence, Kansas; eight grandchildren, Kim Beacher, Kris Brown, Bridget Golay, Brandi Ranabargar, Nikki Slapper, Bethany Alexander, Chad Johnson, and Courtney Youngblood; 16 great grandchildren; one brother, Robert Hartman of Welda, Kansas; one sister, Shirley Hunt of Lawrence, Kansas; 2 nieces, Rose Worthington, Clara Russell and 1 nephew, Rex Hartman.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM, Monday, February 22, 2016, at the Feuerborn Family Funeral Service Chapel in Moran, Kansas, burial will follow the Welda Cemetery, Welda, Kansas. John's family will greet friends from 1:00-2:00 PM prior to the service on Monday. Memorial contributions may be made to the John Hartman Memorial Fund, to be used for activities at Windsor Place. Condolences may be left at www.feuerbornfuneral.com.