Vernon Dean Hartman CW2USARET

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January 24,1933 ~ April 23,2014

Vernon Dean Hartman, 81, died peacefully at his home on April 23,2014, with his family at his side. He was born in Red Cloud, Nebraska to George and Florence Hartman. He was the only boy with six sisters. Three of his sisters survive him. He is also survived by his wife, Reverend Carol Morrill Hartman; daughters, Denise Sulak (Ray) of Port Orchard, WA and Amy Hartman of Mason City, Iowa; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Vern spent 25 years of his adult life in the military. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in Jan. 1952, serving until December 1955. In February of 1956, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving at Fort Eustis, VA, Hanau, Germany, and the Corpus Christi Army Depot. He loved to fly, so in September of 1967, Vern went to Fixed Wing Flight School graduating in May 1968. He flew 42 reconnaissance missions in Vietnam. He retired from the Army in March 1972.
Vern then worked in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia as a helicopter maintenance instructor for the Saudi Civil Air Defense for 9 years. Coming back to the states, he drove truck for Swift Transportation where he met Carol. They drove together then settled in Venice, Florida. He worked for Home Depot there and when they moved to Vancouver in 2007, he worked in the electrical department at the Home Depot at Jensen Beach. He was a volunteer at the Pearson Field Education Center. He attended Eastrose UU Fellowship in Gresham where he was a member of the book club.
Vern was an active man, loved his rose and dahlia garden, all airplanes, reading, his dogs, horses, music, cooking, making and refinishing furniture, and his family and family gatherings. He was a cowboy at heart.
He will be buried at Willamette National Cemetery on May 16th at 9:30 a.m., followed later that day by a Celebration of his Life at the Eastrose Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Gresham, Oregon at 5:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Pearson Field Education Center, 201 A NE Reserve St., Vancouver, WA 98661.
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Published in The Columbian on Apr. 29, 2014
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