Richard Lee Hartley, 90 of Hartford, OH passed away peacefully on Friday, July 15, 2016. He was born November 17, 1925 in Warwood, West Virginia, the son of Lester E. and Velma A. (Reef) Hartley. Mr. Hartley was a member of St. John's Orthodox Church in Hermitage, where he was Secretary of the Men's Society and volunteered in many activities including Pirohi sale. He was also a Cubmaster with the Boy Scouts and a past volunteer for the Hartford Volunteer Fire Department. Mr. Hartley graduated from Warwood High School, after which he joined the Navy and served on the U.S.S. Franklin D. Roosevelt aircraft carrier as a LT JG in the gunnery division during World War II. He graduated from Bethany College and afterwards, graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelors Degree in Dairy Science. Mr. Hartley was a Plant Manager at Brookfield Dairy and Borden's Dairy for over 25 years. He worked at Sears as a Service Technician and retired in 1991. He was the owner of Hartley's Orchard and was a member of the Mercer County Fruit Growers Association and the Ohio Fruit Growers. He enjoyed selling his produce at the Farrell Farm Market. Mr. Hartley is survived by his wife of 62 years, Katie I. (Repasky) whom he married on September 12, 1953 at St. John's Orthodox Church; two sons and spouses, Edward and Mindy Hartley of Urbana, OH and Paul Hartley and Robin Lewis of New Canaan, CT; one daughter and spouse, Kathy Hartley and Steve Baronowsky of Clarksville, MD; five grandchildren, Samuel, Amelia, and Nicholas Baronowsky, Alexander and Rachel Hartley; great-grandchildren Eli, Jonas & Rory; sisters-in-law, Mildred Orlosky, Mary Jane Repasky and Martha Hartley; brother-in-law, Michael (Julie) Repasky; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Clarence Hartley. Services will be held at St. John's Orthodox Church on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 11 AM with Fr. David Mastroberte. Burial will follow in St. John's Orthodox Cemetery. Friends may call at the Tomon Funeral and Cremation Services in the Harold W. Stevenson Funeral Home, 264 E. State Street, Sharon on Monday from 4 to 7 PM. A Panachida Service will be offered at the Funeral Home on Monday at 6:45 PM. Memorial Contributions may be made to St. John's Cemetery Perpetual Care Fund.
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