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John Hartsock, Jr., 90

John Hartsock, Jr., 90, of rural Ionia, Missouri, died late Friday evening, September 14, 2012, at his home surrounded by family.

He was born March 19, 1922, in Jameson, Nebraska, the son of John Edwin Hartsock, Sr., and Burnas Guelma (Thayer) Hartsock. On October 1, 1948, in O’ Neil, Ne., he married Ada Francis Spinar who survives of the home.

Faith, family and country were important to John in his lifetime. John made his choice to serve God and follow His teachings when he was 13 years old. He tried to be true to this profession by humbly serving God all of his life. John served his country as a member of the United States Army during World War II. After his return from the Army and his marriage to Ada, they relocated to Missouri from Nebraska in 1950. John farmed before starting his own construction business working in the Windsor and Ionia areas. Later, while continuing to farm he was employed with Furnell Construction Co. building homes for several years. John then was employed with General Contractors on bridge construction followed with several years as a welder with W&M Welding. His most recent employment was with Widel Construction, building bridges. After retirement at 80 years young he enjoyed a past time of building furniture, picture frames, toys and many other items which he enjoyed sharing with family and friends. He would jokingly state that he was a “woodbutcher” when he, in fact, was a very gifted carpenter.

In addition to his wife, Ada, survivors include 2 sons, Arlyn Hartsock and his wife Teresa of Florence, Mo. and Edwin Hartsock , of Ionia, Mo.; a daughter, Elinor Burnett and her husband Paul, Hamilton, Mo; 9 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; a sister, Imal Hartsock, Guthrie, Oklahoma; numerous nieces and nephews and other extended family. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Colin Hartsock; a grandson, Charles Burnett; and a great-grandson, Remington Hancock.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, September 19, 2012, at the Hadley Funeral Home, Windsor. Burial will be in the Laurel Oak Cemetery, Windsor. The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. The family suggests contributions to Bothwell Hospice and contributions may be left in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be left online at

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