Frank Joseph “Skip” Hartman, 84, of Pesotum, Ill., born August 6, 1934 passed away on March 26, 2019 at home in Pesotum.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, April 1, at Freese Funeral Home, 407 N. Bourne, Tolono, Ill., with the rosary at 4:30 p.m. The funeral mass will be held at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Tolono at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 2, with Father Fredi Gomeztorres officiating. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Pesotum.
Frank was the first of four children of parents William and Mary Schweighart Hartman of Pesotum, Ill. His siblings were Dorothy Hartman Mosbarger, John “Dee” Hartman and Donald Hartman. They all preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by an infant son, Douglas.
Frank lived almost his entire life on the family farm south of Pesotum, which received the Centennial Farms of Champaign County designation in 1992.
Frank was known as “Skip” by his friends. Skip graduated from Tuscola High School in 1952. He proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957 in the 3rd Armored Division Co. B 709th Tank Battalion in Germany. He was born and raised on the family farm and was a farmer, retiring in 1998, also worked at AC HumKo, a division of Kraft Foods, for several years. Skip was also a Pesotum Volunteer Fire Fighter and officer for many years and a member of the Pesotum Consolidated Drainage District’s Board. He was very proud to be one of the top blood donors at Community Blood Services on Illinois, giving over 24 gallons. He enjoyed playing card games, fishing, and watching softball games with friends at Hartman Park in Pesotum, and enjoying playing softball in his teenage years.
He married Mary Stoerger Hartman on June 3, 1961 at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Ivesdale, Ill. Skip and Mary were member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pesotum until its closure in 2004. Since then he has been a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Tolono, Ill.
Skip is survived by his wife, Mary; three children, Jean (Ron) Ninmer of Taylorville; Anita (Rick) DeWeese of Easley, S.C.; and Collen (Steve) Hammel of Champaign. Other survivors include eight grandchildren; Scott (Emily) Ninmer, Andrew Ninmer, Kyle Hammel, Kristin Hammel, Breanna Ninmer, Samuel DeWeeese, Mark Ninmer, and Jacob DeWeese.