Stuart L. Hartman
Stuart L. Hartman, 99, of Danville, went home to be with his Lord on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, at Emmanuel Nursing Center, Danville.
He was born Aug. 8, 1920, at home in the same room where his father was born Aug. 1, 1887, a son of the late Stuart A. and Laura (Pursel) Hartman.
On Nov. 19, 1942, he married the love of his life, the former Barbara Straub, in the home of Harry and Christine (Fahringer) Straub, while Stuart was home during his first leave during World War II. Barbara passed away on April 20, 2009.

Stuart graduated from Danville High School in 1938 and then from Bloomsburg State Teacher's College with a bachelor's degree in commercial education and a specialty in retail selling.

His dedication and accomplishments in serving his country in the 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 "Navy Unit Citation" 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.

He was office manager of Dial Loan Company of Danville PA from 1952-1962. He then resigned and bought what he named Hartman's Twin Kiss Ice Cream in Riverside. 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 which was later changed to Century 21 Heart Realty. When he retired, his son Dan Hartman, as a realtor, bought the business.

Stuart was very active in his previous churches, St. Peter's United Methodist Church in many capacities and the Oaklyn Independent Baptist Church in Sunbury 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, 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 Businessmen's 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 is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Tom and Kathy Hartman of Sunbury, and Dan and Susan Hartman of Danville; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by three sons, Gary, James and John Hartman; one grandson, Jeffery Burgess; 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 Stuart's life at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 30, at First Baptist Church of Danville, 12 Brookside Drive (off 642 East), with his pastor, the Rev. Dawes J. Dunham officiating, assisted by Pastor Roy K. Clippinger of Oaklyn Independent Baptist Church, Sunbury. Friends will be recieved from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service.
Burial will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Danville. Military rites will be accorded by the American Legion Post 40 Honor Guard.

The family will provide flowers. Contributions in Stuart's memory may be made to Oaklyn Independent Baptist, 576 Route 61, Sunbury, PA 17801, or to Central Pennsylvania Youth Ministries, 117 11th Ave., Shamokin Dam, PA 17876.

Arrangements are under the direction of Visneski Funeral Home Inc., 42 W. Mahoning St., Danville.
Published on September 23, 2019


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