Jessie M. Hartman Jr.

Former Greenport resident Jessie M. Hartman Jr. passed away Saturday, March 21, after a brief illness.

Jessie served honorably in the U.S. Army for eight years. He received his commission as a second lieutenant of infantry in 1978 from U.S. Military Academy at West Point. When he left service, he had achieved the rank of captain and served as a platoon leader and executive officer in 1st Battalion, 50th Infantry Regiment at Fort Hood, Texas, and twice as a company commander in the 3rd Armored Division at various posts throughout Germany.

Born in Greenport, N.Y., to an Air Force family, he lived all over the country and in Japan.

After serving his country, Jessie eventually became a quality engineer for Valeo, Inc., for whom he worked for 15 years. He then held various quality positions with different companies and ultimately landed at Johnson Electric in Vandalia, Ohio, as regional quality director, where he had worked for the past two years.

Jessie traveled extensively for his job and never met a stranger, making lifelong friends wherever he went. Jessie was an avid golfer and was in the process of teaching his wife the finer points of the game — no easy task. He always enjoyed the company of his friends and family, and nothing made him happier than to host a gathering where people came together to celebrate and have a good time. He particularly enjoyed spending time with his son, Jamie, and his daughter, Niki, and took great pride in their accomplishments.

He is survived by his wife, Cynthia (Fochtman) Hartman; his son, Jamie Hartman; his daughter, Monika “Niki” Hartman; his former wife and mother of his children, Theresa (Stauffer) Hartman; his sisters Donna Hartman, Tammy (Hartman) Camfield, and Rose “Tinky” Hartman; and, of course, his many, many friends.

The family will receive friends Thursday, March 26, from 3 to 6 p.m. at Routsong Funeral Home in Kettering, Ohio, with a service immediately following.

If desired, friends may make memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society or Wounded Warrior Project.

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