02/13/14 — John R. Hartig was born on Aug. 25, 1923, to George Hartig (1880-1944) and Rosina (nee Kroner, Both (widow)) Hartig (1891-1966) in Columbus, Ohio, and passed away on Feb. 4, 2014. Both of John’s parents emigrated from Transylvania, in what is now modern day Romania. Siblings, Rose (Both) Miles, Helen (Both) Prince, George Both and William Hartig have preceded John in death. John is survived by sister-in-laws, cousins, several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
John was born and raised in Columbus. He worked as an apprentice for a cobbler for five years from ages 12 to 17. He graduated from South High School in 1941. He worked in a wood pattern shop until enlisting in the Navy on Nov. 16, 1941, serving three years during WWII, receiving an Honorable Discharge on Dec. 18, 1944. He attended Morehead State University where he earned a BA degree with Distinction in 2 years and 11 months. John married Mary Blevins from Kentucky (May 20, 1923-Nov. 3, 2002) on May 17, 1945. He took a job at Hitchins High School for 10 years as a teacher and varsity basketball and baseball coach. John spent the next four years (two each) teaching and coaching at Mt. Orab, Ohio, and Felicity, Ohio. He then took a principal position in Grayson and eventually moved to Bunker Hill, Ind., where he was principal of Maconaquah Middle School for 17 years, retiring in June 1983. He continued to live in his home in Bunker Hill until his death.
John was a fun-loving, friendly man who loved to fish, watch basketball (especially Indiana University basketball with Bobby Knight), spend time with family and friends and read. John attended Anoka United Methodist Church.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at Springdale Cemetery in Bunker Hill, Ind. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial donations to Anoka United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 209 Logansport, IN 46947.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Allen Funeral Home.