Gary A. Hartmann, age 89 of Le Sueur, formerly of Arlington, died Friday, August 9, 2019 at the Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11am on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Le Sueur with Fr. Chris Shofner. Military rites will be provided by the Arlington Honor Guard following the Mass, outside in the parking lot. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Catholic Church Cemetery in Arlington at a later date. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm on Tuesday at the Kolden Funeral Home in Le Sueur with a K of C Rosary at 7pm. The visitation will continue at the funeral home on Wednesday morning from 9:30 am to 10:40am. Following the services at church, a luncheon will be served at St. Anne’s School.
Gary was born on May 24, 1930 in Buckman, Minnesota to Herbert and Helen (Neuman) Hartmann. He graduated from Le Sueur High School and attended Mankato State College for a short time before entering the U. S. Air Force. While in the Air Force he had the honor of being a part of the Honor Guard for the inauguration of Dwight D. Eisenhower. He married Lila Annexstad on June 14, 1951 at St. Anne’s Church in Le Sueur. They lived in Le Sueur and worked with the family owned Hartmann Department Store and later moved to Arlington and operated the expanded branch Hartmann Department Store there for many years. He was active in the Arlington community and was a member of the Commercial Club, Lions Club, and was a coordinator for the Legion Baseball. He enjoyed bowling, fishing, golfing in Le Sueur and Glencoe, and playing cards. He was an enthusiast of amateur to professional sports of any kind and enjoyed watching family participation in sporting events.
He is survived by his sons, David and Brian of Le Sueur, and Michael (Robin) of Red Wing; daughters, Susan and Gene Schultz of Arlington, Catherine and Steve Hansen of Cold Spring, Patricia and Randy Geister of Prior Lake, Jean and Rick Stevens of Ortonville, and Julie and Don Rachel of Maple Lake; 24 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Harriet Hartmann of Le Sueur and Delores Richardson of Colorado; and brother-in-law, Al (Cathy) Annexstad of Georgia.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Lila in 1994; brothers, Dan and Peter “Buster” Hartmann; and sisters, Betty Lindgren and Mary Sullivan