Funeral services for George W. Hartpence, 95, Lawrence will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 17, 2010 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery in Ottawa, Kansas. He died April 13, 2010 at Rolling Hills Nursing Center in Topeka, Kansas.
George was born September 28, 1914 in rural Franklin County, KS the son of George and Sarah Belle (Jones) Hartpence.
He served his country in the Army Air Corp as Staff Sergeant during World War II, where he was stationed in Hawaii and worked as a propeller mechanic.
He worked at Douglas Aircraft and as a home builder in California. When he returned to Kansas he worked a number of years at Hercules Ammunition plant. He also owned a used car business.
He was a member of First Christian Church in Lawrence and a life member of the VFW. He was also an avid coin collector.
He married Ruth Aileen Myers on April 20, 1937 in Topeka, Kansas. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include a daughter, LaWanda Fritzson of Topeka; a son, Doug and his wife Robin Hartpence of Lawrence; a daughter-in-law, Tricia Hartpence of Baldwin; six grandsons, Matthew Hartpence, Darin Fritzson and his wife, Jamie, Eric Fritzson, Tyler Hartpence, Connor Hartpence, Logan Hartpence; two step-granddaughters, Mallory and Reagan Burton and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, Roger; a granddaughter, Sara; and his six siblings.
The family will greet friends an hour before the service on Saturday at the mortuary.
Memorial contributions may be made to VFW; Heart of America Hospice or First Christian Church and sent in care of the Warren-McElwain Mortuary.
Ruth, Doug and Family, I was sorry to hear of George’s death, but in awe of his long life and his almost 73 years of marriage to Ruth. What a great testament to their love and faith. May God fill you with strength and comfort at this time as you say goodbye to this good and gentle man of God. May all his family be blessed as you recall fond memories of your rich relationships with husband, dad, granddad, etc. With love, Ron and Barb Goodman
Doug, Robin, Aileen, Lawanda and families – we were so sorry to hear about George’s passing. We will keep you all close in our thoughts, hearts, and prayers. George was a special man and such a good role model for his children and grandchildren. He will be missed. May God spread his grace upon you all.
Shelly and Tim
Our horse racer is gone! We missed him on New Year’s Eve this year and will always miss him. We’ll see him again when we all get to Heaven!
I have many fond memories of Uncle George growing up. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.