James Hartman

August 29, 1935 ~ July 24, 2021 (age 85)

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James “Jim” Hartman, 85, of Wilmington, Ohio passed away Saturday, July 24, 2021.  His wife of 57 years, Linda Summers Hartman, survives.  They were married December 22, 1963. 

Mr. Hartman was born August 29, 1935 in Wilmington, son of the late Alpheus Hartman and Eunice McClelland Hartman.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Gerald Hartman and Harold Hartman.

Mr. Hartman retired as the marketing manager of Cincinnati Milacron after 48 years of employment.  An avid bowler, Jim began bowling in 1956.  He was on five city championship teams and won 22 league championships.  He won all events in city championship, had high league average three times, high actual game five times, and high series three times.  Jim bowled a perfect game when he was 65 years old, becoming the oldest person to accomplish the feat.  One of his greatest memories was bowling against Cincinnati Schoenling All-Stars, and beating three out of the four All-Stars.  In February 1995, Jim was inducted into the Wilmington Bowling Association Hall of Fame.  He was the fifth class of inductees into the local shrine.  Jim also enjoyed gardening and was a huge Cincinnati Bengals fan.  He was a graduate of Peebles High School and served in the U.S. Army.

Jim will be greatly missed by his wife, many friends, and relatives.

The family would like to thank ViaQuest Hospice of Cincinnati for their kind and professional help.  They would also like to thank friends and family, especially, Shannon McGowan, for her love and support.

Friends will be received from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Thursday, July 29, 2021 at Smith Funeral Home, 327 N. South Street, Wilmington, Ohio.  A funeral service with Chaplain Phil Abbott officiating, will be held 1:00 PM, Friday, July 30, 2021 at Smith Funeral Home.  Burial will be in Sugar Grove Cemetery with military honors provided by the American Legion Post 49 Honor Guard.

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July 29, 2021

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Smith Funeral Homes
327 N. South Street
Wilmington, OH 45177

Funeral Service
July 30, 2021

1:00 PM
Smith Funeral Homes
327 N. South Street
Wilmington, OH 45177

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