John Scott Hartman

Born: Fri., Sep. 1, 1950
Died: Fri., Apr. 26, 2019


Sevices will be held at a later date.


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John Scott Hartman, 68, of Montgomery, Michigan and formerly of Angola, Indiana, passed away on April 26, 2019 after a long fight with cancer.  

He was born on September 1, 1950 in Angola, Indiana to Dr. John J. Hartman II and Miriam Heidman Hartman.  He graduated from Cranbrook Academy and then from Tri-State University with a Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering. John was highly intelligent and hard-working and he had a very successful career in which he contributed to advanced national defense technology, furthered his education in business management through programs at Indiana University and Harvard Business school, and had opportunity to travel to many different parts of the world.  

John selflessly devoted his life to supporting and caring for family members and took great pride in the Hartman family farm, founded in 1909.  In his later years, he became an avid naturalist and bird watcher and invested his efforts into expanding the family property, planting trees, and restoring large areas of tilled farmland to tallgrass prairie wildlife habitat. With the support and care of his eldest son Jake, John built a beautiful home overlooking his private lake and enjoyed countless hours of fishing, hiking, and bird watching.  During his last years he stood up to cancer demonstrating amazing mental and emotional strength, and inspired many people with his courage.  Surviving are his children, John Jacob "Jake" Hartman III of Montgomery, Michigan, Byron (Yukiko) Hartman of Palo Alto, California and Conrad Hartman of Angola, Indiana; brother, Karl (Karen) Hartman of Snowmass, Colorado and sister, Jeanne (Michael) Licata of Chicago, Illinois.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Anne Ransburg.

Services will be held at a later date. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be sent to the National  Audubon Society.  

Charitable donations may be made in John's memory to the following organization:

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Jim Butler
   Posted Fri May 03, 2019
I worked with John way back in the late 1970's at Oliver Winery. Visited with him at his cabin in Brown County many times. We will miss him. Best wishes to his family. Jim Butler

Karen Kraning
   Posted Fri May 03, 2019
It was my honor to get to know John over the last ten years. What a wonderful man. He was a quiet man with great stories to tell. He always greeted me with a smile and I will miss him dearly.

Jed Zimmerman
   Posted Sat May 04, 2019
I am terribly sorry and saddened to hear of John’s passing. I have known John and grew up with the family since boyhood. My memories are filled with endless backyard games of kick the can and soccer. Countless trips to the farm to explore finding salamanders, rope swings in the hay loft, target shooting, dirt bikes, four wheelers, snowmobiles and campfires. I will be forever indebted to John for the opportunities he brought into my life both personally and in my professional career.

God Bless,
Jed Zimmerman and Family

Stephanie Kersten
   Posted Mon May 06, 2019
“A friend is someone who likes you.” These words, 53 years ago, still resonate. John, not only did you introduce me to drinking coffee at the ripe old age of 15, you demonstrated qualities of a gentleman, at a young age, that evidently grew to great proportions on your journey through life. Heaven has certainly received a soul who met life on earth with boundless courage and love for the people and environment around him. Godspeed, my friend.

Jeanne Hartman Licata
   Posted Fri May 10, 2019
John was such a caring boy growing up . I was 4 and he was 6. If he got a bday treat at school he wouldn't touch t but brought it home for me.I could tell that he was unusually smart. He had a science lab under the stairs in a cubby . He would let me come in and watch any time I wanted . I pretended to understand when he spoke /russion o me .