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17 May 2012

Melvin John Hartman

Melvin John Hartman, 86, passed away at his home in Springville, UT on Saturday, May 12, 2012, of natural causes. His devoted and beloved wife of 65 years was with him.

He was born March 24, 1926 in Chestnut Woods, to Melvin Earl Hartman and Mary Ellen Lambert.

Mr. Hartman served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and survived the sinking of his ship, the Colin. Lured by the purple sunsets of the west that he'd read about, he took his young family across the country to Arizona, where he earned a master's degree in education at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. After graduating, he took a teaching job in Lincoln, California, where he and Charlotte lived for 27 years and raised their four daughters. He also worked 33 seasons for the National Park Service, serving in the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and Zion. He enjoyed chopping wood, grafting apple trees, making apple juice, Scrabble, hiking, bike riding, hunting, fishing, and simply enjoying the outdoors. He had a special gift with animals.

Mr. Hartman was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served as a faithful home teacher, counselor in the bishopric, and bishop.

He married his sweetheart, Charlotte Louise Eye, on May 10, 1947, who survives. Their marriage was sealed in the Oakland LDS Temple on March 16, 1974.

Also surviving are four daughters, Gloria (Roy) Smilanick of Fresno, CA; Vicky Hartman and Karri Hartman both of Springville, UT; Cindy (Howard) Bodily of Tempe, AZ; 16 grandchildren; 41 great grandchildren, and one great, great grandchild.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Weldon Hartman and Otis Hartman of West Virginia.

Funeral services will be held Friday, at 11 a.m. in the Springville 18th Ward Chapel located at 550 North 235 East in Springville, UT. Friends and family may call at the church one hour prior to the services. Burial will be in the Historic Springville City Cemetery with military rites by the American Legion.

Memorial donations may be made to Primary Children's Medical Center or Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Wilmer Thompson, 82

Wilmer Gale Thompson, 82, of Keedysville, MD, passed away Sunday, April 22, 2012 at the Veterans Medical Center in Martinsburg.

He was born January 1, 1930, in Riverton, to the late James Lester and Rhoda Warner Thompson.

Mr. Thompson attended Circleville High School and enlisted in U. S. Marines for three years.

He was a member of the Church of God in Pittsburgh, PA, and was an assistant minister there.

He became a business partner of his brother, J. Ralph Thompson, Huntington and was a relief commercial pilot On Nov. 26, 1947, he married JoAnn Smith of Tennessee, who survives.

Also surviving are one son, Steve Thompson and wife, Joan of Texas; one daughter, Dotti Guttry and husband, Aric of Keedysville, MD; one sister, Leona C. Thompson of Franklin; one sister-in-law, Avis Thompson; four grandchildren, Brandon and Tyler at home and Daniel and Dottie Guttry; and one great grandson in Ohio.

Funeral services were held at Minnich Funeral Home,Hagerstown, MD Thursday with Mr. Ralph N. Gehr, and Mr. Daniel R. Gehr officiating. Burial was at in Cedar Lawn Memorial Park. Graveside honors will be conducted by Washington County AMVETS Post 10 and Marine Corp. League of Hagerstown.

Memories and words of comfort may be sent to the Wilmer Thompson family at 4845 Red Hill Rd., Keedyville,

MD 21756

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