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George Hartman

1923 to 2015


George Hartman, 92 and a former Sidney resident, went to be with the Lord on Friday, Oct. 30, 2015 at Callaway Good Life Center in Callaway.

Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 in the First Christian Church in Sidney with Dr. Curtiss Davis officiating. Inurnment with military rites will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery.

Memorials have been established to the Cheyenne County Community Center.

You can view the online obituary and share condolences with the family at

George was born on June 5, 1923 to Katrina (Maurer) and George Hartman in Frankfort, Germany. The family fled Germany and came to the U.S. on a cargo ship, via Ellis Island, N.Y. when he was two months old. Sponsored for citizenship by a relative they moved to Chicago, and then later they moved to Colorado. Inspired by Pearl Harbor, he enlisted with his mother's signed approval in the U.S. Navy at the age of 17. He served as a signalman, where he learned Morse code, signal flags and signal light. After his honorable discharge in 1945 as a signalman 2nd class he joined the Merchant Marines.

He married Donna Harlan August 15, 1948 and moved to Sidney. Their son George Jr. was born June 5th, 1951. He worked at Montgomery Wards, Stickneys, and Humphreys. After his retirement he worked at the Cheyenne County Community Center.

He was a Golden Gloves Boxer and once fought on an undercard match at a Joe Louis fight. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his son. He enjoyed football-especially the Huskers and Broncos and attended Denver Nuggets and Denver Bronco games with George Jr. George was an avid gun collector with numerous foreign and domestic rifles and handguns. He lived in Sidney for over 60 years, he was a member of the V.F.W, American Legion, D.A.V, and Elks and before going to Callaway, he lived with his son and daughter in-law in North Platte for 2 years.

He is survived by his son George Jr. (Jeannie) of North Platte; honorary son Rod Born (Joy) of Lewellen; sisters Nita (Mike) Stinbach, and Margie Montoya, both of Denver; sister-in-law Rev. Doris Harlan of Sidney; grandchildren, Kendra (Mark) Laschanzky of Denver; Jonathan Hartmann of Phoenix, Luke (Kayla) Hartmann of Kearney, Katie (Jarad) Matson of Johnstown, Colo .; step-grandchildren, Brandy (Tim) of North Platte, Stephanie Elliott of Wahoo; great-grandchildren, Maddux, Lukas, Nevaeh, Jayda, Aleena; step-great-grandchildren, Kaci, Keenan, and Kayle.

He was proceeded in death by his wife of 67 years, Donna, parents Katrina and George, brothers, Paul, Nick, and Karl and sister Marcie.

Holechek Funeral Home and Cremations in Sidney is serving the Hartman family.


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