Arthur E. Hartzog, age 81 of Osceola, passed away Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at Memorial Hosptal in South Bend. Art was born October 26, 1938 in Mishawaka, Indiana to the late Merle and Vera (Deflinger) Hartzog. On February 5, 2009 he married Edie Mulanix in Orange County, California.
In Art’s early years, he was blessed with two daughters. Jodeen (David) Mitchell which gave him three beautiful grandchildren, Michael Brown, Lindsay Barkowski and Christopher Brown who preceded him in death and his second daughter Karen Weaver Surviving as well is his wife Edie of Osceola, his daughters, Laurie Brennaman, Joann Dowden, step daughters Sheila (Gary) Houser, Dena (Kevin) Hutchinson, and Jodi Young, his grandchildren Steven Kirkpatrick, Emily Dowden & Amy Dowden and his great grandchildren Elena & Jaxxon.
Visitation for Art will be held from 2-5 pm Saturday, October 17, 2020 at Cruz Family Funeral Home in Osceola. Funeral services will follow at 5pm and interment will be held Monday, October 19, 2020
in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Osceola.
A few things you may not know about Art, he was a wonderful bowler who took Laurie every Wednesday to watch him and his team. One day, Art bowled a 290, just one strike away from a perfect score. He managed little girls’ softball and everybody wanted to be on his team. His team was good, and they always had fun.
Art encouraged his daughters in any endeavors they pursued. He was at every piano recital or concert and all of their friends considered Art as their dad too. He was a Saturday morning cartoon and Railroad man. His children loved the stories he told.
He was employed for many years as an engineer at the CTS Corporation in Elkhart, and in 1981, he started his famous career at Mr. G’s in Osceola. In the evenings if the band “PS Dump Your Boyfriend” played Dragula by Rob Zombie, everyone would stay on the dance floor with Art. He could dance!
Art had not one enemy in this world, His heart was big, and he just wanted to share it with everyone. If you were blessed enough to know him and spend time with him, you are a better person for it.
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