Outgoing, personable, and caring were just a few of the words that Bradley E. Hartman's family could use to describe the great husband, father, grandfather and brother that he was.
Just in time for the 1962 World's Fair, the Space Needle observation tower in Seattle, Washington was finished. That same year John Glenn, Jr., became the first American to orbit Earth, the first Wal-Mart store was opened along with the first Motel 6. Marvel Comic's Spider-Man superhero made his first appearance, The Beatles single "Love Me Do", the TV series "The Beverly Hillbillies" were released and the first of the James Bond movies, "Dr. No" was an instant success in theaters. On July 23, 1962, Herbert D. and Sharon L. (Knisely) Hartman were happy to announce the birth of their son, Bardley E. Hartman in Columbia City, Indiana.
Growing up, Brad enjoyed playing outside and competing in sports. While attending Columbia City Joint High School, Brad decided to serve his country and joined the U.S. Marines during his Junior year. He went on to graduate with the Class of 1981 at CCJHS and was honorably discharged in August of 1985. The following summer, Brad's insurance agent suggested to him that he should meet her sister and on June 8, 1986, Brad and Jenny Schnepp began dating and would be married on June 20, 1987.
Aside from proudly serving his country for five years, Brad worked for Essex Wire for 18 years, Newell Industrial from 2004-2008 and retired as a saw operator from Reelcraft in 2017 after his health declined.
Brad and Jenny would welcome three children into their hearts, Amber, Chelsey and Adam. As the children grew up, he enjoyed taking them camping, canoeing and fishing. Brad loved being outdoors. He also enjoyed his time hunting and planting trees on his property. Being a caring and loving person, Brad would do anything and everything for the love of his life Jenny. He was always there to help her out in many ways, even going to the store to get groceries and cooking meals for the family. These were also things Brad enjoyed doing.
Another love of his life was his grandchildren. They were a true reward of working hard and providing for his family. He loved spending time with them, taking them fishing and even camping in the backyard with them. He would do whatever it would take to bring a smile to their faces.
At 1:21 a.m. on Tuesday October 8, 2019, Brad Hartman passed away at his home. He leaves behind many wonderful memories with his family and will be deeply missed by many. Survivors include his loving wife of 32 years, Jenny Hartman; daughters, Amber (Andrew Fisher) Hartman and Chelsey (Justin) Nicodemus; son, Adam (Christin) Hartman; step-father, Jess McCoy; siblings, Karen (Jim) Hatfield, Kathy Maggard, Rex Hartman, Brian Hartman and Stacey (Keith) Enyeart; mother-in-law, Elizabeth Schnepp; and grandchildren, Emma, Alyssa, Reese, Preston, Brett, Claire, Linlee and Anniston. He was preceded in death by his father and step-mother, Herbert (Dorothy "Dot") Hartman; mother, Sharon Tucker; and an infant granddaughter, Caroline Grace Hartman.
A gathering of family and friends will be 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, October 10, 2019 at DeMoney-Grimes, a Life Story Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home with Jess McCoy officiating. Burial will follow at South Park Original Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Arbor Day Foundation or plant a tree in Brad's memory. Visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send his family condolences online.
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Prayers and thoughts to all the Hartman family. RIP Brad.
May God give you strength in this time of grief and fond memories of
Bradley Eugene Hartman, CCHS Alumni Class of 1981.
The Alumni of CCHS extends sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers
to Brad's family.
I am so sorry to hear the loss of Brad. I had the pleasure of working with Brad at Reelcraft. I loved some of the conversations we would have - solving the worlds problems....lol My condolences goes out to Brad's family and friends. God bless
I am so sorry to hear of Brad’s passing. Please know you’re in my thoughts and prayers.
May each of you find courage to face tomorrow as you rest in the knowledge that we truly care about each of your needs and that we will walk beside you in your journey of grief.
Randy Grimes, Brett Gerber and the Staff of DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home
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