Thomas George Hartz 87 embarked on his most exciting fishing trip ever, leaving his Earthly body on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House, Hiawatha, after an extended illness. .
Funeral services will be held at Cedar Memorial Chapel of Memories Monday, November 11 at 1 pm. Friends and family will gather to share memories and stories following the service at a location to be announced.
Tom was an only child born to Ida and Raymond Hartz on September 9, 1932 in Atkins, Iowa. They proceeded him in death. He attended school in Cedar Rapids and graduated in 1950. Tom joined the Marines during the Korean War, serving 3 years. He shared a few stories of that time, the most amazing being that he dismantled bombs. Tom's cousin BJ introduced him to Verna Snyder and they later married on August 22, 1955 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. At the time of his death, they were married 64 years. In addition to his wife, Tom is survived by daughters, Cheryl Hartz of Des Moines and Lori (Jim) Jensen of Las Vegas, Nevada as well as his potato chip stealing grandson Brian Jensen of Cedar Rapids.
Tom enjoyed fishing, the Hawkeyes, farming, his garden, bowling, mushroom hunting and a good conversation. He was a humble man, not realizing how much he meant to those around him. He will be greatly missed.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donation be made to the American Cancer Society.