David A. Hartman, 78, of Harpers Ferry, WV, passed away on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, at home in the care of his loving wife, Maryjean and family.
Born November 19, 1941, in New Albany, Indiana, he was the son of the late James Nelson Hartman and Elizabeth Louise Hartman Kennamer and Victor Kennamer.
Educated in both New Albany, Indiana, and Fairfax, Virginia, he was a graduate of California Technical Institute, Los Angeles, CA.
While living in California, he worked as a crime photo processor for the California State Police. Upon returning to the east coast, David worked for the National Republican Committee before going to work for Dowty Aerospace, where he worked for 22 years.
After retirement, he became an investor in Old Dominion Recycling in Leesburg, where he was employed as a scale house manager until the company was sold.
For a period of 17 years, he was owner/curator of a civil war museum located on the grounds of the Harpers Ferry KOA. He was well-admired and respected for his knowledge in this field and often in demand for tours and lectures. He was most at ease among people and never ceased to captivate them with vivid and exciting stories.
He was an avid motorcycle enthusiast and, in 1973, along with his friends, built two Harley Davidsons and rode them transcontinental from Vienna, Virginia, to Mexico.
David was a long-time member of Faith Baptist Church, Knoxville, Maryland, where for several years, he co-taught a self-help Sunday school class. He was a grateful 34-year member of Alcoholics Anonymous and had a very active ministry in helping others to achieve sobriety.
David was dedicated to his faith, family, and country and was proud to have served in the United States Navy. His greatest joy in life was his family, and he always contributed positively to their safety and happiness and encouraged them to have strong faith in the Lord.
He leaves his loving wife of 42 years, Mary Jean Turney Hartman; son, Michael Reed and wife, Dotti; daughter, Diana Swafford and husband, Scott; niece, Elizabeth Bishop and husband, Kerry; granddaughter, Emily Reed McFarland and fiancé, Lee Trout, all of Harpers Ferry; one grandson, Dakota Swafford of Winchester, VA; and a great-grandson, Logan McFarland, also of Harpers Ferry. He is further survived by a sister, Linda Hollidge of North Carolina; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, James Hartman of Warrenton, VA.
Due to the COVID-19 virus, services will be announced and held at a later date.
Condolences may be expressed at www.eackles-spencerfuneralhome.com.
Memorial donations may be made to Christian Community Church, c/o Reggie Sandbower, 6 Loudoun Street, Lovettsville, VA 21080. David Anthony Hartman