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Ronald Porter Hartman, 82, of Bellevue passed away Tuesday, December 12, 2023, at The Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland. He was born August 3, 1941, in Coudersport, Pennsylvania the son of Ralph Porter and Norma R. (Huster) Hartman.
Ronald graduated from Franklin University and received his degree in drafting in the 60s. He served in the Army Reserves for 6 years, loved adventure, and spent his youth scuba diving, riding his motorcycle across the country, skiing, archery, and camping.
He was a dedicated employee at the American Baler Company in Bellevue for 50 years, starting in the drafting department and was promoted to customer service and started the quality control department. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Bellevue, a 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, and a companion of the Precious Blood.
Ronald enjoyed helping others and spent his time volunteering with the Bellevue School System mentoring struggling readers and teaching youth about God. Regardless of the need, he was known to help strangers and friends alike. He was passionate about animals (especially birds and fish), recycling and picking up trash, and scouting the neighborhood to kill unsuspecting weeds and poison ivy. There was rarely a baked good, confection, or ice cream he could turn down. Ronald loved machines and history and enjoyed sharing his knowledge with his family and community. Ronald grew a garden and later in life took an interest in cooking.
Ronald is survived by his wife of 48 years, Linda S. (Opper) Hartman, whom he married on November 13, 1976, at St. Peter’s Church in Huron. She survives along with their five children: Sarah (Hartman) and Scott Gross, Eric Hartman, Bryan Hartman and Cassie (Hale) Hartman, Elizabeth Hartman and Gene Wilson, and Jennie (Hartman) and Chris Frazier; and grandchildren AJ, Zachary, and Meredith Gross, Emma Hartman, and Scout and Lark Frazier.
In addition to his parents, Ronald is preceded in death by his brother, Stuart H. Hartman.
Friends will be received on Friday, December 15, 2023, from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. at Foos & Foos Funeral Service, 151 Yorkshire Place, Bellevue. The Rosary will be recited at 1:45 pm and Knights of Columbus Chalice Service will begin at 7:45 p.m. A funeral Mass will begin on Saturday, December 16 at 11 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, 231 E. Center Street, Bellevue. Burial will be in Bellevue Catholic Cemetery at a later date.
Donations in memory of Ronald Hartman may be made to the Sorrowful Mother Shrine.