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09/07/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Jake Hartzler

Jacob Andrew Hartzler
(18 July 1950 - 05 Sept 2011)

Newport News High School Class of 1968

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   We have another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter this Wednesday morning.
  Jake Hartzler, Class of 1968, passed away in Newport News on Monday, September 05, 2011, at the age of 61. He is the brother of Philip Hartzler, Lois Hartzler Mericle, David Hartzler, Daniel Hartzler ('66), and Steve Hartzler.

From the Daily Press - 09/07/11:

               Jacob A. Hartzler



NEWPORT NEWS - Jacob Andrew Hartzler went home on Monday, Sept. 5, 2011, after a long battle with Multiple Myeloma. He stayed faithful until the end, exemplifying the verse 2 Timothy 4:7 "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." He loved God and the church, was devoted to his family, and was a friend to many.

Jake, born July 18, 1950, grew up and spent his life in Newport News. He graduated from NNHS in '68 and worked as a Master Plumber at Brunk Mechanical for many years before working and retiring from Zeigler Plumbing in 2009. A highlight of his young adult years was spending 2 years in Alternative PAX Service in Germany from 1970 to 1972. Jake and his family especially enjoyed camping at Highland Retreat and spent a memorable summer of service there in 1996.


Jake Hartzler



Jake could fix practically anything, and family and friends would often call or stop by with projects for him. He was also a master storyteller, and could keep people entertained for hours with stories of years gone by, punctuated by his characteristic wit and laughter.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Andy and Fannie Hartzler; and his father-in-law, Gerald Showalter.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, June; daughter, Lauren (Brian Arbogast); son, Andrew; and grandsons, Branson and Jackson Arbogast; his siblings, Philip (Ginny), Lois (Carl Mericle), David (Kathleen), Daniel (Ramona), and Steve (Jane). He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Evonne Showalter and the family JoAnn (Neil) Morgan, Joyce (Robert) Brunk, and Jon (Becky) Showalter. He is also loved and remembered by many, including his large extended family and PAX brothers, Tom, Otto, Brian and Richard.

A heartfelt thanks to Dr. John Kessler, Kathy Pearson, and the entire staff at VOA.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, at Huntington Mennonite Church; visitation will follow the service.

Gifts in memory of Jake may be given to Highland Retreat of the Mennonite Church, 14783 Upper Highland Drive Bergton, VA 22811.

Please leave condolences at Arrangements by W. J. Smith & Son Funeral Home. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press from September 7 to September 8, 2011.
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September 07, 2011

Dear Hartzler Family- I was so saddened to hear of Jacob's passing. I grew up on 36th Street with the Hartzler family. Please know you're in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. May God Bless.......

September 07, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

September 07, 2011
Dear June, Lauren and Andrew,

We are so sorry to learn of your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

~ Kaye Bates and family

September 07, 2011
  Dear Jake,

We will miss your laughter and wit and your love of life and family and friends.. Master story teller says it all when talking about you.. You loved a good story.. and loved to embellish in your own style.. and that.. my friend we will miss.. along with that great laugh and dimpled smile.
I am sending my sympathies to the family and hope you soon will find comfort from your pain of losing such a precious family member..

We will not forget you.. Your friend

Deanna Griffin Fitzgerld and family

September 07, 2011

  Dear Jake ..

On a funnier note ..I'm sure you will get a kick out of the fact I spelled my own last name wrong on the previous post.. and when I went to edit it was submitted..
I remember you use to tell funny stories in your small group about the funny things I did on the job in our plumbing days.. I'm glad I was a source of your entertainment.. Well, here's another laugh for the road...I am sorry it's the last we will share.. I'm glad you are no longer suffering ..but it makes me sad you are gone,,

We will all miss you very much.

Rest well, my friend..


  Our deepest sympathies are extended to the entire Hartzler family and their friends at this difficult time.

   This information is also posted here:

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309


No. 45 - I Know That My Redeemer Liveth

- G. F. Handel

I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth.
And though worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God.

(Job 19:25-26)

For now is Christ risen from the dead, the first fruits of them that sleep.

(I Corinthians 15:20)

"I Know That My Redeemer Liveth" midi from Handel's "Messiah" courtesy of - 12/10/06

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of 01/27/05

Silver Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/28/05 and 11/23/08

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