Owen (Howard) Hartog

Owen (Howard) Hartog

Howard was born in Minneapolis, MN on March 12, 1940. He was adopted by Adrian and Mamie (Huisken) Hartog who have preceded him in death. He passed from this life to eternal life with his Savior on June 1, 2018 with his loved ones nearby.

Howard was raised in Edgerton, MN and graduated from Southwest Christian High School. In 1960 he married Leona Walhof, they later divorced. He had varied careers and small business endeavors but was probably best known as the Vagabond Bookman. In 1990 he married Kathi Armstrong and moved to Lawrence, KS and shortly thereafter became an avid Jayhawk fan and remained so the rest of his days. In 1993 they opened the Vagabond Bookman on Massachusetts Street. He still traveled to various book fairs and antique shows (hence the Vagabond name)”but his love was that crowded bookstore which to some would appear cluttered but to Howard was organized chaos”. Howard closed the business in 2013 when his health declined.

Having been a voracious reader all his life, he rarely read his Bible. Being homebound gave him much time to do that. He joined his wife every morning for prayer and reading God’s Word. He was a transformed man. So that when the time came for him to meet his Savior, the Lover of his soul, he was ready and at peace. A great comfort to the rest of us.

He is survived by daughter, Tamela and husband, Dustin Ireland; two sons, Roy Hartog, Scott and wife, Cindy Hartog; stepson, Luke and wife, Allison Armstrong; brother, Stanton and wife, Linda Hartog; 10 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. The family will greet friends an hour prior to the services. There will be an interment service which is pending and will be in Edgerton, MN.

Online condolences may be sent to warrenmcelwain.com.










5 Condolences

  1. Morgans on June 3, 2018 at 8:41 am

    The kindness you and Howard showered our family with will never be forgotten. You meant more to us than you can possibly ever know.
    Shawn, Paul, Gaia, and Logan.

  2. Douglas Tinklenberg on June 3, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    Kathi and family,
    Howard will be missed and I send my condolences. Thank you for allowing my brother , father, and myself to take the time to visit with Howard a few years ago. It was such a great time for us all and a great time to reminisce.
    Doug Tinklenberg

  3. John Vander Maten on June 4, 2018 at 8:48 am

    Unfortunately Howie was one of a kind and the world needs so many more like him.

  4. Jim Adler on June 6, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    What a beautiful tribute. Wish I had known him better–but look forward to meeting him one day. Cathy and I send our heartfelt condolences and are sorry we could not be there Tuesday.

  5. Karen McCoy Baker on June 8, 2018 at 3:00 am

    Kathy, what a lovely memory of Howard. Keeping you in my thoughts. In God’s timing it will be just a moment before you join him again.

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