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Ira L. Hartman, 96, died Friday, Oct. 27, at Goshen Hospital.
He was born Oct. 12, 1921, in Elkhart County, to Abram and Ada (Hoover) Hartman.
On Sept. 11, 1943, he married Ruby Newcomer in Goshen. She died Dec. 24, 2004.
On Dec. 15, 2006, he married Esther (Snyder) Metzler at Yellow Creek Mennonite Church. She survives along with four children, Kathy (Clarence) Stoltzfus, Goshen, Loren (Marty) Hartman, Canby, Oregon, Terry (Dianne) Hartman and Kevin (Sherry) Hartman, both of Elkhart; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; four stepchildren, Sharon (Larry) Erb, Benton, Pat Stahly, Goshen, Don (Nancy) Metzler, Angola, and Margaret Wenger, Elkhart; and a sister, Doris Reinhardt, Goshen.
In addition to his parents and first wife, he was preceded in death by a sister, Vesta Weaver and three brothers, Lowell, Lester and Paul Hartman.
A lifetime area resident, Mr. Hartman owned Hartman Brothers Feed Mill in Wakarusa for 20 years and then worked as a cabinet maker for Holiday Rambler for another 20 years.
Friends may call Monday, Oct. 30, from 3 to 8 p.m. at Yellow Creek Mennonite Church, and one hour prior to the 10 a.m. Tuesday funeral service. Pastor Wes Bontreger will officiate.
Burial will follow at Yellow Creek Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to the church.
Arrangements by Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen.
Published on October 29, 2017
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