Edwards Hartman, 76 / Oct. 10, 1933 – March 22, 2010

Published 8:52am Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Edward Lewis Hartman, 76, of Emporia died Monday, March 22, 2010 at Stormont-Vail Hospital in Topeka.

Mr. Hartman worked as a painter and independent contractor for many years before he retired in 1995. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1951 through 1958.

The son of Ira Ruben and Nellie Alice Elliot Hartman, he was born Oct. 10, 1933 in Culver, Ind. He married Beverly Connor and they were later divorced. He married Frances Ann Worley on Nov. 8, 1984. She died Feb. 23, 2006.

Mr. Hartman was a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Lowry-Funston Post1980; American Legion Ball-McColm Post 5; Eagles Aerie 2587; Moose Lodge 10; Ararat Temple of Kansas City; Arab Temple of Topeka; Sheffield Masonic Lodge 625 A.F. & A.M.; Scottish Rite of Kansas City, Mo.; and was a life member of the Neosho Valley Shrine Club of Emporia.

He is survived by one son, Edward Hartman Jr., of Niles; two daughters, Kimberly Shepherdson, of Terre Haute, Ind., and Kelley Schneider, of Goshen, Ind.; one stepson, Lawrence “Bud” Dresher, of Neosho Rapids; one stepdaughter, Teresa “Terri” Dreasher Torrence, of Emporia; one brother, William Hartman, of Buchanan; one sister, Sue Williams, of Edwardsburg; seven grandchildren; 10 stepgrandchildren; six great-grandchildren and 15 stepgreat-grandchildren.

The memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home. The Rev. James Akers, state chaplain of the American Legion, will conduct the service. Mr. Hartman was cremated. Burial will be at a later date in Americus Cemetery at Americus.

Memorial contributions to Hand in Hand Hospice may be sent in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 175, Emporia, KS 66801.

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