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Harry D. Gartner, Beatrice Nebraska

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  • Harry D. Gartner, Beatrice Nebraska

    The following obituary was taken from the Beatrice Daily Sun.

    Harry D. Gartner,79, Beatrice, died Sept. 22, 2010, at his home,after a courageaous battle with cancer. He was born in Burchard, January 9, 1931. He graduated from Burchard High Scool in 1949. In January of 1951 he entered the Army to serve in the Korean War, and was stationed in Japan.
    On Nov. 22, 1951, he married Joan Jurgens. After returning from the Army he went to work at the North gas Booster station and continued his education to secure his master plumbing license. He worked for Reid's Plumbing & Heating Co. before purchasing the company and changing the name to Gartner Plumbing, Heating &Air. He went on to build houses and 17 motels in Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Oklahoma and Missouri.
    Through the years Harry and his wife enjoyed many different travels throughout the country to car auctions, flea markets, and vacations with many friends and family members. He soon developed a hobby in buying and restoring old cars,especially his beloved Studebakers.
    After his retirement, he and his wife purchased a mobile home in Apache Junction, Az. and enjoyed many winters in the warm weather of Arizona. At the time of Harry's illness, he enjoyed his Studebaker cars and was working on a Studebaker truck at the time of his death. He also enjoyed spending time with his beloved children, grandchildren, and great- granddaughter and the coffee club at McDonalds. He belonged to the Nebraska Studebaker Club, the Rolling Wheels car club, Geddes-Thober Post 1077 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Bitting-Norman Post 27 of the American Legion, F.O. of Eagles Aries 531, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, The Masonic Lodge and Blue Valley Shrine Club, all of Beatrice, and the Seosteris Shrine Club, Lincoln. Harry had many friends and all who knew him enjoyed his smile and personality.

    Among Harry's numerous cars were a 64 GT Hawk and a 62 Lark Daytona hardtop
    Harry will be sorely missed by his fellow Husker Chapter SDC members.

    Frank van Doorn
    North Central Zone Coordinator.
    Last edited by 41 Frank; 09-27-2010, 03:17 PM.
    Frank van Doorn
    Omaha, Ne.
    1962 GT Hawk 289 4 speed
    1941 Champion streetrod, R-2 Powered, GM 200-4R trans.
    1952 V-8 232 Commander State "Starliner" hardtop OD