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Walter J. Hartman

Walter J. (Burly) Hartman

Aberdeen, SD
1934, 793, Hill City, F-9, Member

Mass of Christian Burial for Walter "Burly" Hartman, 98, Aberdeen is 10:30 am, Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Aberdeen. Father Shane Stevens, Celebrant. Burial is in St. Mary's Cemetery with military honors by Sidney L. Smith American Legion Post 24. Walter died on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at Angelhaus of Aberdeen.

Visitation is on Monday, September 22, from 1:00-6:00 pm with family present from 3:00-6:00 pm and a Liturgical Wake Service at 6:00 pm at Spitzer-Miller Funeral Home, 1111 S. Main Street, Aberdeen.

Walter "Burly" Hartman, son of John and Barbara (Brossart) Hartman was born on September 27, 1915 in Aberdeen. This is where he was raised and received his education at St. Mary's School and Aberdeen Central High School. He enrolled in the Civilian Conservation Corp where he worked from 1934-1935. It was during this time that Walter was introduced to the sport of boxing. In 1939, he was awarded the Golden Gloves Boxing State Championship with an undefeated record. It was during his boxing days that he earned the nicknames "Burly" and "Tuffy." In 1940, Burly went to work for the Aberdeen Parks Department for several years.

Walter 'Burly' HartmanWalter "Burley" Hartman - Public Domain Photo

Burly was united in marriage to Madeline "Maddie" Ochs on March 24, 1942. He was drafted into the United States Army and served during WWII. He received his training as a military police officer and was later shipped to Okinawa for combat duty. He received his honorable discharge in 1946 and returned to Aberdeen.

Burly went back to work for the Aberdeen Parks Department until 1955. At this time, he began his 22 year career with the Aberdeen Police Department, retiring in 1977. Burly loved being a police officer, especially meeting new people and assisting others. He was a well-liked and respected officer who will be remembered for his great sense of humor.

Burly was a member of the Peace Officers Association as well as the VFW. In his free time he enjoyed hunting and bowling and loved boxing.

Grateful for having shared Burly's life are his two daughters, Karen Kost, Mitchell, SD and Diane Beck, Bradenton, FL; grandchildren, Cindy (Brian) Peterson, Brent (Amanda) Beck, Kristi (Paul) Narducci and Mark (Katie) Hartman and great grandchildren, Matthew Peterson, Nicholas and Tiffany Narducci, Lucas and Michael Hartman and Karsyn Beck.

Burly was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, one son, Ron Hartman, one granddaughter, Amy Kost, five brothers, Joseph Hartman, Martin Hartman, John Hartman, Frank Hartman and James Hartman, and two sisters, Ann Daly And Veronica Hartman.

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