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James William Hartman
April 14, 1936 ~ January 11, 2024 (age 87) 87 Years Old
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James “Jim” W. Hartman, age 87, of Baxter passed away peacefully with family by his side on January 11, 2024, at Good Samaritan – Woodland, Brainerd. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11AM on Monday, January 22, 2024, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Brainerd. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church. Interment will be in Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery near Little Falls. Arrangements have been entrusted to Nelson-Doran Funeral Home, Brainerd.
Jim was born April 14, 1936, in St. Mathias during a blizzard; the doctor had to arrive on horseback. He is the son of William and Marina (Thesing) Hartman. Jim was the second of six children. He was always busy helping his parents and enjoyed the outdoors. He attended elementary school at a one-room schoolhouse in St. Mathias; Jim is a 1955 graduate of Brainerd High School. He was on the wrestling team, often wrestling two men at once. Following high school graduation, Jim attended Brainerd Community College where he earned his associate degree in business. Following, college graduation Jim enlisted in the Army National Guard where he served his country proudly for 42 ½ years. He started his military career in the Ammo office and soon became a Supply Warrant Officer. Jim met the love of his life, Judy Nyman, at the Little Falls Ballroom. Jim was a wonderful dancer and led Judy around the dance floor. Jim frequently needed to check the mail while on base, as his beautiful dancing partner worked at the mail desk. Jim and Judy were united in marriage on August 17, 1963, at St. Mathias Catholic Church. The couple made their family home in Baxter, where all three of their children were raised. Jim traveled the country training as a squad leader, often bringing the family along for adventure. Jim retired in 1996 from his duties at Camp Ripley.
Jim enjoyed spearing, trapping, fishing, snowmobiling, four-wheeling and his annual deer hunting trips to Northhome, MN. Jim was involved in his church and community; volunteering his time at the Baxter ball fields, Boy Scout Leader, Baxter City Council, St. Francis Church Council and Knights of Columbus. He could whistle like a songbird and dance like the wind. Jim enjoyed family get-togethers in Breezy Point, boating on the lake, and socializing with family and friends. He was 100% selfless, caring, devoted, dedicated and hardworking. Above all else his family always came first. Jim was an amazing husband, dad, and grandpa; he was simply the best.
Jim will be missed by his wife of 60 years, Judy; children, Jim (Patty) Hartman, of Baxter, Jeanne (Wayne Rolow) Hartman, of Pequot Lakes, and Jennifer (Brian) Nelson, of Sartell; grandchildren, Hunter (Taylor Schmitt) Casper, Samantha (Aaron Martin) Hartman, Mitchell Casper, Nicole Hartman, and Andrew Nelson; he greatly anticipated the birth of his first great-grandson in July. He is also survived by his siblings, Sylvester (Marilyn) Hartman, William (Nancy) Hartman, David Hartman; and many nieces, nephews, and other loved relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters, Lorena Pickar and Lucille Pickar.
Jim’s family would like to thank the staff at Good Samaritan – Woodland for their compassion and care of Jim.