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John Philip Hartzell

January 28, 1929 ~ February 6, 2018 (age 89)
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John Philip Hartzell of Waxahachie, Texas passed away on February 06, 2018.

John was born on January 28, 1929 in Roebling, New Jersey to Maude M. and Arthur R. Hartzell, Sr. Before moving to Locust Hill in 2002, he lived in Lawrence Township for over 60 years. John graduated from Trenton Central High School in 1946. He had been a coop-student at the General Motors Institute. In 1957, he graduated, with honors, from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School, where he was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma and Beta Alpha Psi. During the Korean War, he served in the United States Army, with the 47th “Viking” infantry division and with the 3rd Army, headquarters and headquarters detachments in Fort Rucker, Alabama.

 John worked for General Motors, The Trenton Potteries, Johnson and Johnson, The Medical Society of New Jersey, completing his career at the FMC Corporation Chemical Research and Development Center in Princeton, New Jersey, where he had been the Government Contract Administrator Business Manager, and finally Controller of Chemical Technology. He had been a director of the Princeton Chamber of Commerce, a Vice President of the Princeton Area United Fund, and a Vestryman at Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church in Ewing, New Jersey. John was thankful for his long and wonderfully happy life with his wife and family. According to his daughter, Susan, he was "the best dad ever."  He loved his church. He enjoyed reading, art and architecture, working on home improvement projects and walking his dog, Bonnie.

John is survived by his dearly loved wife, Betty; daughter, Susan; son, Karl and his wife, Rebecca all of Waxahachie; sister-in-law, Clara Craig of Blue Bell, Pennsylvania; niece, Karen Buckley and her husband, Robert of South Carolina; grand-nephews, Michael Lodato of Florida and David Lodato; cousins, Richard Hartzell and his wife, Roanne of Pennsburg, Pennsylvania and the Zeaser Clan of South Carolina, Florida and Costa Rica.

There will be no calling hours.

A requiem Eucharist in Thanksgiving for John’s life will be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, February 10, 2018 at Saint Anne Episcopal Church in Desoto, Texas. The Reverend George Udell and Reverend Deacon Adrianna Elliot will be officiating with music provided by Ms. Kristen Avery. Immediately following the service, all are invited to lunch and Christian Fellowship with John’s Family in the adjoining parish hall. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Anne Episcopal Church.  

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