John Henry Hartford, Manhattan, passed away Saturday, June 21, 2013. He was 87.
Born on March 10, 1926, in McPherson, he was the son of Leona Graves Hartford and Henry E. Hartford. They preceded him in death.
He was the oldest of three children, and lived in Sedgwick, where he attended school until his senior year of high school. His father was transferred to Buhler, where he continued his education.
On Feb. 29, 1944, he enlisted in the Navy. He left for Basic Training on June 28, 1944, the day after graduating from Buhler High School. He was a Seabee, and served on Iwo Jima four days after the initial invasion, until the end of the war.
His unit was then transferred to occupied Japan, where he served with the Fourth Marine Unit at Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan. He returned home on May 31, 1946.
He then used the GI Bill to complete his education at Kansas State University, Manhattan, where he earned his degree in Business Administration.
He worked for Kansas Gas & Electric in El Dorado, Pittsburg, and Wichita; retiring in 1989.
He was a lifetime member of the Elks Lodge, El Dorado; a lifetime member of the Sedgwick American Legion; a lifetime member of the Masonic Lodge in Hutchinson; and a lifetime member of the Scottish Rite, Wichita. He also supported Ducks Unlimited, and enjoyed hunting.
He was an active member of his church, and had recently transferred his membership from the Newton Presbyterian Church to the First Presbyterian Church, Manhattan.
He had followed the footsteps of his grandfather, and father, working for many years at the Kansas State Fair.
On June 6, 1954, he married Mardeen Maxine Bolze, in Kansas City, Kan. She survives. Other survivors include his daughter, Lynnellen Burns of Cottonwood Falls; son-in-law, Calvin Burns and grandson, Travis Burns, Halstead; a sister, Mayetta Parr of Amarillo, Texas; and a brother, Charles Hartford, and his wife Lillian of Greenville, Texas.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the First Presbyterian Church, Manhattan. The family will meet with visitors following the service at the Kansas Room, Meadowlark Hills, 2121 Meadowlark Road inManhattan. Mr. Hartford requested that all attending wear purple.
Inurnment will be Friday at the National Cemetery, Leavenworth, at 9 a.m., with Masonic and Military honors.
Memorials and donations may be made in honor of Mr. Hartford, to the donor’s choice, as Mr. Hartford touched everyone in unique way or donations may also be made to the John H. Hartford Scholarship Fund in care of the Kansas State University Foundation.
Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.
Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at www.ymlfuneralhome.com