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William "Willie" Otto Hartmann

November 14, 1932 - October 16, 2022
From: Everly, IA
William "Willie" Otto Hartmann

William "Willie" Otto Hartmann

Born: November 14, 1932
Died: October 16, 2022
Age: 89

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     William Otto Hartmann, a man with a personality, spirit and sense of humor as big as the massive farm equipment he sold for decades, died on Oct. 16, 2022, at the Community Memorial Health Center in Hartley, Iowa. Willie, as he was known by all who loved listening to his tall tales, risqué jokes and boisterous laughter, died just weeks shy of his 90th birthday with his beloved wife of 63 years, Barbara, holding his hand at his bedside.

     In addition to Barbara, Willie is survived by his children Bradley Hartmann (Tim); Brenda Jordan (Philip); Amy Hartmann (Jeff) and LeAnn Hartmann. His four kids were Willie’s pride and joy, the topic of his many stories over coffee at Barb’s Corner or the Everly co-op, and the reason he paid the University of Iowa 21 years worth of tuition and season football tickets. (Go Hawks!)

     Willie was a fixture of the Everly community for almost his entire life. Born there to Otto and Mary Hartmann on November 14, 1932, he never strayed far from town or from the farmers who are its lifeblood. After marrying Barbara Harris on July, 12, 1959, Willie worked for Les Pearson for several years. He briefly lived in Webb, Iowa, working as a hired hand for the Brown family. He moved back to Everly, starting as a manager at the Harms International dealership and eventually becoming a partner. Farmers came far and wide to both buy tractors and parts – and to shoot the breeze with Willie Hartmann.

     Farming – and serving farmers – was truly in Willie’s DNA. Even after he retired from Harms, Willie continued to work: for local businessman John Zalaznik; for the elevator in Everly; helping his nephew, Joel and Jim Christensen on their farm; and delivering farm equipment for Mauer Manufacturer. He drove an endless amount of miles – munching gas station popcorn and stopping for the occasional ice cream cone. He worked until he was nearly 85 simply because he enjoyed farming and farmers so much.

     Willie loved Everly and giving back to the community that had raised and shaped him. He was a member of the Commercial Club until the day he moved into the Hartley nursing home. He volunteered for and supported any big event in town. He, Barb and the kids always sat front and center at Hope Lutheran, and Wille would beeline to the church basement for coffee – and laughs and fellowship – as soon as the service was done.

     The Hartmann’s house in Everly was a second home to all their children’s friends. Willie always made an appearance in the basement, where movie nights and pool tournaments were happening, and he was as popular with the high school crowd as Brad, Brenda, Amy and LeAnn. The Hartmann’s big red conversion van was always filled with more Everly kids than it could technically hold! When the Hartmann’s house burned to the ground after a middle-of-the-night lightening strike, they rebuilt in the same spot, and that home, too, soon became the gathering spot when their kids (and all their friends) returned to Everly for reunions or holidays.

     Willie was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Amos and Clifford, and his sister Berdeva, not to mention more friends and farmers from Everly than anyone could ever count. It’s certain that when he arrived in heaven, a table was already set with coffee and snacks – and the booming laughter and off-color jokes were flying within minutes.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 A.M., Thursday, October 20, 2022 at the Hope Lutheran Church in Everly, Iowa
Pastor Dan Taylor
Joel Hartmann
Rick Hartmann
Fred Hartmann
Sarah Pirolli
Jenni Hartmann
Jim Christensen
Tony Seivert
Ryan Nemmers
Visitation will begin 5:00 P.M., Wednesday, October 19 with the family present from 5 to 7:00 P.M., Wednesday Evening at the Warner Funeral Home in Everly.
"On Eagle's Wings" 
By The Congregation

"To Where You Are" - Josh Groban
"Go Tell It On The Mountain" - Recessional
Lone Tree Cemetery
Everly, Iowa

A lunch and time of fellowship will be held following the graveside services at the Hope Lutheran Church in Everly.


Saturday, October 22, 2022 at 8:00 AM
“I’m so very sorry to hear this news, I enjoyed your dad from way back in the late 70’s and 80’s rushing to get to the Holiday Inn at Alexandria, MN indoor pools and the keg where we snuck some beers. Where all the Harm’s implement employees and families enjoyed a great weekend in January for many years. My dad and I enjoyed visiting him so I wanted to say I’m so sorry.
- Nancy White
Friday, October 21, 2022 at 11:54 AM
“So sorry to hear about Willie. I meet Willie at Harms when my husband bought a new tractor. He had some funny jokes always. I think he and my father in law
Herman had made a few memories together. May the wrap his arms around you all and help you with this sorrow.
Janet Galm (Terry) was my husband.”
- Janet M Galm
Friday, October 21, 2022 at 8:13 AM
“Bob has known Willie for many years , but I just got to visit with him at Barbs when we'd go there for breakfast. He was so friendly. Barb, you are in our thoughts and prayers. May God give you peace, comfort and strength as you go through this difficult time. ”
- Bob &Audrey Schmidt
Thursday, October 20, 2022 at 7:34 AM
“Barb and Kids, I can’t get out to the service for Willie. I always enjoyed my interactions with Willie. He always had a big story to tell. He was a good friend to me. I remember many meals, coffee breaks and laughs with Willie and Barb. Thinking of you all. With Sympathy.”
- Dean Saunders
Thursday, October 20, 2022 at 7:33 AM
“My Deepest Sympathy Willie Was Friend, And my Favorite Dealer to call on, We always had to have a Beer or two”
- Bill Rasmussen, 2002 Arbor Cir. Blair, NE. 68008 KELLY RYAN EQUIP CO. (Salesman)
Thursday, October 20, 2022 at 7:33 AM
“Willy was a great salesman, he made sure I had the right parts and I think he sold my Dad the first 1460 axial flow combine and one of the first four-wheel drive tractors in the area. RIP Willy.”
- Randy Koenig
Thursday, October 20, 2022 at 7:33 AM
“Amy and family,
So sorry for your loss ! Thinking of you during this difficult time! Hugs and prayers!
Vonda and Kevin Sullivan”
- Vonda Sullivan
Wednesday, October 19, 2022 at 11:48 AM
“On behalf of the Blank Pediatric Pulmonology Family, we extend our condolences to the Hartmann family. Wishing you strength, peace, comfort, courage, and lots of love at this time of sorrow. ”
- Blank Pediatric Pulmonology Family
Wednesday, October 19, 2022 at 8:29 AM
“May the peace of God be with you.”
- Falisa & Wendell
Wednesday, October 19, 2022 at 8:29 AM
“I went to high school with Willie. He was a great guy. I don't think he ever met a stranger, and he will be missed.”
- Ronald Harris
Wednesday, October 19, 2022 at 8:29 AM
“My condolences to your family. Willie was such a Legend in Everly. Shared many memories of my parents Willie stories. He will live on in spirit. Stay well Barb.”
- Sharon Vander Meer
Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at 8:29 PM
“My deepest condolences to each of you! Great memories of Willie always smiling and ready to have a conversation. My thoughts and prayers are with you all!”
- Laura Heikens
Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at 2:32 PM
“We are Mark Kitlinski's parents and have heard about "Uncle Willie" over the years. We are happy to say that Jenn Hartmann really enjoyed Uncle Willie and that we are sorry for his death.”
- Barbara Kitlinski
Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at 12:03 PM
“Hartmann family, Such fond memories of Willie! Going to Harms, seeing him at the fair or him stopping by the Minnow. Celebrate the amazing legacy he has left and lean on each other during this difficult time.
The Lord is my light and salvation.”
- Angie Hagedorn
Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at 12:02 PM
“R.I.P. Willie! What a great human being. I feel blessed to have known Willie , and spend so much time around him growing up. Willie always made are family feel like part of yours. I’m so sorry for your loss Hartman family. My prayers and thoughts are with you. ”
- Brian Hanson
Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at 11:03 AM
“My condolences to Willie’s family ”
- Deb Wilcox
Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at 9:33 AM
“Willie was bigger than life. What a wonderful person who was always smiling and spreading infectious joy. There were so many great times to reflect upon. Fly free, Willie! Many condolences to the Hartmann family and friends of Willie. May perpetual light shine upon Willie.”
- Michael Morony
Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at 7:03 AM
“To the Hartmann family-you’ve always been and always will be like family to me. The countless memories of Willie and our times together will never leave my heart. I love you all. Sleep fast Willie! ”
- Lori Johnson
Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at 7:03 AM
“one day at a time sorry for your loss willie was a good ftiend of my dad they ate together for years i also new him for years he new every body brad bolyard”
- Bradley A bolyard
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