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William Hartman Sr.
The Rev. William R. Hartman Sr., 87, of Roswell, N.M., died peacefully at home on June 12, 2012.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Roswell. Memorial contributions may be made to Frederick Evangelical Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 58, St. Thomas, VI 00804.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Frances; children, William Hartman, Jr. (Polly) of Roswell; Julia Hartman of Asheville, N.C.; Margaret Abbott (Maurice Wheatley) of St. Thomas, V.I.; and Paul Hartman (Diana) of Cheyenne, Wy.; his sister, Peggy Ratcliff, of Lilburn, Ga., seven grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
After serving in the U.S. Army in World War II, then graduating from Emory University and Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Rev. Hartman was ordained in 1951. He served as a mission developer and pastor to churches in Alabama, Georgia and Kentucky before organizing St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Roswell, where he served as pastor from 1958 to 1966. He served at Frederick Lutheran Church from 1966-69, and later in Ohio, Georgia, Tennessee, Wyoming, and Texas. He also was a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator and served in that capacity in North Carolina, New York, and New Jersey before retiring to Roswell in 1982, where he rejoined St. Mark's and was named Pastor Emeritus in 1994.
Bill enjoyed traveling with Frances and visited all 50 states, as well as Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean.
Arrangements are by LaGrone Funeral Chapel in Roswell.
- Obituary written by the family.