Obituaries » Donald E. Hartman
September 12, 1932 - February 4, 2022
Lt. Col. Donald E. Hartman (Ret.) of Ankeny, IA, 89, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on February 4, 2022.
A funeral mass will be held on Tuesday, February 8, 2022, at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart Church (510 E. 1st St) in Ankeny, Iowa, followed by interment service with Military Honors at Ankeny Memorial Gardens (4208 N. Ankeny Blvd) in Ankeny, IA. Visitation will be one hour prior to mass.
Don was a longtime Ankeny resident and member of Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart Catholic Church. Born and raised in Wichita, Kansas, he excelled in athletics, lettering in four sports at St. Mary’s Cathedral High School, before moving on to college to play basketball and football, then graduating from the University of Arizona.
Don dedicated his life to God, family, and his country. After college he began to proudly serve his country in the US Army, stationed in various states and abroad, to include Germany, Korea, and earning the Bronze Star in Vietnam. After retiring from the military, he embarked on his own personnel agency, before moving on to enjoy a long, successful career in sales of industrial chemicals.
In his free time, he enjoyed home improvement projects, working in his yard, building furniture, golfing, taking long walks, reading, photography, planning and sharing in family gatherings, quiet dinners with Margaret at their favorite restaurants, and staying in touch with longtime friends and classmates. He was known to never miss sending a greeting card to anyone on special occasions to let them know they were in his thoughts.
He was active in his parish fundraisers, events, Knights of Columbus, a member of ISU Cyclones Booster Club, and enjoyed his own family’s sporting events over the years. As appreciation to his high school, he gave back as one of the founders of the Shamrock Golf Open in Wichita, Kansas, a successful, annual charity event to raise money for the Sisters of St. Joseph/Dear Neighbor Ministries, which has continued for over 18 years.
He cherished the time he and Margaret were able to share together after her retirement by making many long car drives to visit family, and annual trips to Arizona to escape the harsh Iowa winters, to golf, swim, sight-see, relax, and meet new friends during each visit.
Don is preceded in death by his loving wife of 51 years, Margaret; daughter, Mary; and sisters, Dolores Donnelly and Margaret Ann Ratzlaff.
Survivors include his children, Julia (Phil) Hayne, Dan (Chris), Jean, and Tom (Natalie); grandchildren, Sheila and Marilyn Hayne, Matt (Katie) Hartman and Amanda Hartman, and Kayla and Julia Hartman; and great-grandchildren, Meredith and Austin Hartman; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Shamrock Open Memorial Fund / Dear Neighbors Ministries,1329 S. Bluffview, Wichita KS 67218 https://dearneighbor.org/dn-donate