Colonel Edward Marshall Hartman, Jr., passed away on December 10, 2012, in Salt Lake City, Utah, of heart failure.
Ed was born on January 26, 1932 to Edward Marshall Hartman, Sr. and Virginia Belle Coffman in Clarksburg, West Virginia. Ed is a graduate of Sheridan High School and worked for the post office for many years.
He married Sarah Alice Catterall in 1952. Together, they raised three boys and opened the Mode O'Day shop in Sheridan. Sarah passed away February 4, 1986.
He married Aretha Jane Willis. Ed resided in Sheridan, Wyoming, and Sun City, AZ.
Ed enlisted in the Wyoming Army National Guard in 1948 at Sheridan, Wyo. and was mobilized for the Korean War in 1950 with headquarters battery, 300th Armored Field Artillery Battalion. While serving with the 300th, he was wounded and awarded the Purple Heart medal along with a number of wartime service awards. He returned from overseas in 1952 and continued his service in the Wyoming Army National Guard. Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1954, Ed served in a number of staff officer positions and commanded a field artillery battery. He served as the battalion executive officer and commanded the 1st battalion, 49th field artillery. He went on to serve as an executive officer of the 115th field artillery group. His military career culminated when he was promoted to full Colonel in 1979 and selected to serve as the First Brigade Commander of the newly reorganized 115th Field Artillery Brigade at Cheyenne, Wyo.
He attended numerous military schools to include the Field Artillery Officer's Basic and Advanced course, Chemical Officer's Course, and the Command and General Staff College.
His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, Presidential Unit Citation (Army and Navy), Meritorious Unit Citation, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Achievement Medal (2nd award), and the Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (3rd award).
Ed loved the National Guard, the Great State of Wyoming, and the many lifelong friends he made. He retired from the Wyoming Army National Guard in 1982 with more than 33 years of military service.
Colonel Hartman is survived by his three sons: Curt Edward (Barbara) of Sheridan, Wyoming; Jeffrey Dean (Dianne) of Orem, Utah ; Neal James (Melody) of Las Vegas, Nevada; eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and three step greatgrandchildren; two brothers, Ron Hartman of Orem, Utah, and Charles "Booge" Hartman (Lorene) of Sheridan, Wyoming, and one sister, Mary Jane Grange (Joseph) of Salt Lake City, Utah; two step children.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two wives, and a beloved grandmother, Rhoda Kittle Coffman.
Funeral Services will be held Friday, December 14, 2012, 10 a.m. at McDougal Mortuary, 4330 South Redwood Road in Salt Lake City, Utah. Colonel Hartman will be buried with full military honors at the Veterans War Memorial Cemetery, 17111 Camp Williams Road, Bluffdale, Utah.
The Sheridan Press - December 13, 2012.