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Published: Saturday, 5/13/2006

Flooring firm owner also built furniture, cabinetry

WOODVILLE - Lowell C. "Harty" Hartman, 75, who tiled the floors and built the cabinets and counters of northwest Ohio homes for more than 50 years, died Tuesday in the Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg Township.

He had been ill two months. The cause of death was believed to be complications from an infection, his son Jon said.

Mr. Hartman in the 1950s bought out a Woodville business for which he worked and began Hartman Floor Covering. He worked from a shop behind his home and employed, at various times, as many as eight workers.

His specialty was floors, both vinyl and ceramic tile. He installed Formica counters and built wood kitchen cabinets.

Customers valued his skill - and his patience, his son said.

His son said Mr. Hartman built the business through word of mouth.

"He was talented."

Mr. Hartman also built and reupholstered furniture.

"He was really good at it, and he enjoyed working with wood," his son said.

Mr. Hartman was a graduate of the former Woodville High School and played on the baseball team. He pitched several no-hitters later when he was part of a Wood County baseball league.

He once bowled a 300 game and had three holes-in-one. Though he no longer bowled, he golfed in a league last summer, his son said.

"He was very athletic," his son said.

Mr. Hartman was an Army veteran of the Korean War and was a member of Woodville American Legion Post 455.

He had been a member of the vestry at Solomon Lutheran Church, Woodville.

Surviving are his wife, Nancy, whom he married May 8, 1981, and sons, Jon and Nicholas Hartman.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today in the church, where the body will be after 10 a.m.

Arrangements are by the Marsh Funeral Home, Woodville Chapel.

The family suggests tributes to the Hospice of Northwest Ohio; Solomon Lutheran School, or the Solomon Lutheran Church piano fund.

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