John Hartman


February 23, 2016 - 12:00 AM

John W. Hartman, 87, of Iola, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016 at Windsor Place.

He was the first of three children born to Walter and Clara (Petzell) Hartman, born Oct. 5, 1928, in Kincaid. He graduated from Welda High School n 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. He married Velma (Conner) Johnson on Nov. 30, 1965. John considered Velma’s four children as his own. They later moved to Olathe, where John worked as mail carrier in Lenexa, for the United States Post Office for 28 years. Following his retirement John and Velma moved to LaHarpe, 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, Columbus; daughter, Gloria Brown, Kansas City, Mo.; one daughter-in-law, Judy Johnson, Independence; 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, Welda; one sister, Shirley Hunt, Lawrence; two nieces, Rose Worthington and Clara Russell; and one nephew, Rex Hartman.


Funeral services were today in Moran, Kansas, with burial at Welda Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the John Hartman Memorial Fund, to be used for activities at Windsor Place. Condolences may be left at

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