WOOSTER – Lowell Emerson Lefty Hartzler, 88, of Wooster died Saturday April 14, 2012 at Smithville Western Care Center.
He was born March 18, 1924 in Smithville Ohio to Nellie May Yoder Hartzler and Mahlon B. Hartzler.
He graduated in 1942 from Smithville High School and served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946 as a surgical technician in the 35th General Hospital in New Guinea and the Philippines. He had worked at Ohio Injector, The College of Wooster, Gerstenslagers, Quality Castings; sold cars for Chatlain s Motorcenter, was a Fuller Brush salesman and an agent for National Life Insurance. He retired after 20 years as a counselor at Sherwood Memorial Gardens. In retirement, he drove for Rubbermaid Transportation. He was a member of the Wooster First Church of God and the American Legion.
He was preceded by his parents. Surviving is his wife Marilyn Martin Hartzler whom he married in 1948 and children Karin (Gary) Snyder, Kenneth (Sue) Hartzler and Kathy (Randy) Mick; grandchildren Jenny (Matt) Shank, Jeff (Nikki Lehman) Snyder, Jolene (Mike) Smith, Sean Davis; step grandchildren Stacy McMurrey, Lynn Denny and Dan Mick; great grandchildren Makenzie Shank, Payton Shank, Logan Snyder, Parker Snyder, Shelby Smith, Carson Smith; step great grandchild Sadie Mick and a sister Dorothy Fuller. Also surviving are nieces and nephews and a special niece, Ricky (Bill) Wentsch.
He will be interred on Friday, April 20, 2012 at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. Anyone who wishes to be a part of the procession should meet at McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster by 10:15 a.m. on Friday morning. Fellowship with the family will be held from 3-4:30 p.m. on Friday at the Wooster First Church of God, 1953 Akron Road with a Celebration of Life Service being held at 4:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Wooster First Church of God, 1953 Akron Rd, Wooster or to Hospice and Palliative Care of Greater Wayne County, 2525 Back Orrville Rd., Wooster, OH 44691.
The family wishes to thank many new friends at Wooster Community Hospital, Smithville Western Care Center and Hospice who were invaluable to us during the last two weeks.
Wooster First Church of God, 1953 Akron Rd., Wooster, OH 44691 or to Hospice & Palliative Care of Greater Wayne Co., 2525 Back Orrville Rd., Wooster, OH 44691
Friday, April 20, 2012 at 4:30 p.m. at the First Church of God on Akron Road
Friday, April 20, 2012 from 3-4:30 p.m. at the First Church of God