A graveside funeral ceremony honoring the life of Allen “Al” Alfred Hartzmann will be held Monday, July 10, 2017 at the Greenwood Cemetery in Chandler, Oklahoma. Rev. Robert Johns will be presiding. The family will receive visitors from 2-4 PM Sunday, July 9, 2017 at Rice Funeral Service. Al passed away Thursday evening, July 6, 2017 in Claremore. He was 95.
Born March 21, 1922 in Cope, Colorado, Al was the son of Joseph and Anna Radenberg Hartzmann. He grew up on a farm where the family raised vegetables and regularly sold their produce at the local market. Times were hard during the Dust Bowl so after the family broke up Anna Hartzmann relocated herself and the 5 youngest children to Rover, Missouri and eventually Anoka, Minnesota where Al completed high school. He was drafted into the United States Army in 1943, serving in England, France, and Belgium during World War II.
Al re-enlisted into the United States Air Force in 1947. While stationed at Tinker Air Force Base, he was introduced to Margie Sanders on a blind date . The couple married just a couple months later on July 17, 1950 at Margie’s parent’s home in Oklahoma City. Throughout his Air Force career, Al was stationed in Anchorage, San Antonio, Charleston, and Mobile where he retired from the military in 1964.
Al earned the following medals and awards: Good Conduct Medal with 1 Silver Loop, American Campaign, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign, World War II Victory, National Defense Service; and the Air Force Longevity Service with Three Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters.
Following retirement from the Air Force, Al accepted a position with United Airlines in Pacifica, CA. He earned multiple certifications from Stanford University while living there. Al and his family moved to Claremore in 1967 when he accepted a position with American Airlines. He was always fascinated with the future and development of the jet engine which contributed significantly to his successful career as an aircraft mechanic. He retired from American Airlines in 1984.
Al was a member of the Air Force Sergeant’s Association, Tulsa Rock and Mineral Society, AARP, and the Claremore Elks Lodge for 26 years. He loved woodworking, silver smithing, rock hunting, working in his garden, and raising cattle. He attended Verdigris United Methodist Church.
Surviving family members include his loving wife, Margie of Claremore; his children: Diana Lois Hartzmann of Tulsa; and Susan Annette Boykin and husband Jimmy Joe of Claremore; and two step grandchildren: Donna Eagen and Robert Boykin; and numerous nieces and nephews; Al was preceded in death by his parents; nine siblings; his mother-in-law Bertha May Sanders; and his father-in-law Oca Earl Sanders.
Please direct memorial contributions to the American Heart Association or your charity of choice. The family would like to acknowledge Grace Hospice for their professional and compassionate care.