James Richard Hartman

Oscoda, MI
January 5, 1941 - March 9, 2021

Obituary Notice

James Hartman, 80, passed away on March 9, 2021 at Ascension St Joseph Hospital after a long and courageous battle with heart disease. He was a long time resident of Oscoda, attended Oscoda High School, graduating in 1960. He married the love of his life, Irene (Sweet) on March 24, 1962 in Mikado. He was very ambitious and had several successful business ventures. He owned two service stations along with his father, a handyman service and eventually was the founder of Hartman Roofing, which continues today owned by his son James Jr. Jim was very proud of his volunteer service on the Oscoda Fire Department for 28 years and as a professional firefighter at Wurtsmith AFB for 18 years. He was a past member of the Oscoda Yacht Club, the American Legion and VFW. He is survived by his wife Irene, sons, James Jr. (Karen) and Brian (Wanda), his sister Barbara (Wayne) Meier, 3 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He has been cremated and a private service will be conducted by the family with a memorial service this summer. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to The Oscoda Fire Department.


I am so very sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you and your family.
— Brenda Sepanak
My sincere condolences go out to the family and my dear friend Irene. May he Rest in Heaven.
— Frank J Salazar
Jim was my first friend when my family moved to Oscoda in 1952. We were the same age and in the same grade at school. We graduated from OHS in 1960 and pursued our various endeavors. I was honored by being asked to be in Jim and Irene’s wedding in 1962. Throughput our lives we kept in touch; served on the Oscoda and Wurtsmith fire departments and at one point we owned service stations in competition to each other. Jim was a good man and a very hard worker. He provided for his family and along with Irene built a beautiful home on the river. They never knew a stranger and many have enjoyed their hospitality. God speed my friend, until we meet again.
— Bill and Alice Parsons
R . I . P Jim you were a good guy.
— LAURIE Bunch
Our condolences to Irene and family. My husband and I were long time friends of Jim and Irene, and Al served with Jim on the Oscoda fire department. Jim was a friend to all he met. RIP dear friend. Catherine Dykes and family.
— catherine dykes
I am so sorry for your loss Irene, my prayers go out to you and your family.
— Diane Busson
I'm sorry sorry to hear about Jim. He will be missed. Love you Irene.
— Helen Alexander
Prayers of comfort and strength during this difficult time.
— Brian and Natalie Stewart
We will all miss jim. He was a very great friend to myself and so many others across multiple decades. I will always remember the fun times we had but also the lessons I have learned from watching him and Irene. They have definitley shown Me what a true relationship and marriage should consist of.

My condolences to the whole Hartman family. Sauerkraut night won’t Ever be the same, but the stomping will go on just as Jim would want it.
— Joe Samotis
So sorry Irene, my love and prayers are with you and the family.
— lisa nicholas
Our prayers go out for Irene and family. He was a great neighbor. Big hug to Irene today!!!
— Karen and Tom Ruedisueli
Rest In Peace Jim I will never forget you. I enjoyed working with you at Wurtsmith fire department and the conversations we had! You were a great man with a big heart ❤️ I will always remember you! So sorry Irene for your loss love you!❤️❤️
— Michael London
So sorry for your loss. Prayers for your family
— Wayne Odell
My condolences to Irene and family. Jim is a great man and a icon in our community. From the gas station, to the fire department and Hartman roofing, he was a good friend and customer of mine for along time. Rip Mr. Hartman. You will not be forgotten!
— Michael Fullerton

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