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Edward Hartmann

November 6, 1931 — June 28, 2020

Edward Hartmann, 88, of Brenham, TX, passed away peacefully at his home on June 28, 2020 in Brenham, TX.

A visitation will be from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at Memorial Oaks Chapel.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, July 2, 2020 at Prairie Lea Cemetery with Pastor Mark Groves officiating.

Mr. Hartmann was born in Brenham, TX on November 6, 1931 to Edward and Olga Zetik Hartmann. He grew up in the Chappell Hill area and attended Chappell Hill School, Brenham High School, and Blinn. He graduated with a business degree from Sam Houston. He served two terms in the Army, where he was mostly stationed on the East Coast. He was also a member of Christ Lutheran Church.

After Edward was discharged from the service, he was employed by Bethlehem Steel Corp, oil and gas division. During this time, he met his future wife, Virginia Pilling. They were married on January 25, 1959. In 1959, he left Bethlehem and worked for Safway-Betco for twenty-two years. He was General Manager of the Beaumont/East Texas Division. After that, he spent one year in Houston, managing Engineering/Sales Department. In 1980 Ed and Ginny decided to start Hartmann Building Specialties. In 1998, they sold the business and retired to their farm near Bellville. They enjoyed twenty years there enjoying taking care of a big garden and raising cattle and traveling. They loved to travel and made many trips to foreign countries. He loved hunting and fishing in salt water in the marsh and bay around Gilchrist. In 2018, they gave up their farm and moved to Brenham.

Mr. Hartmann is survived by his wife of sixty-one years, Virginia Hartmann; and nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Olga Hartmann; sisters, Nola Dell Kramer, and Earlene Slaughter.

Serving as Pallbearers will be Bruce Remmert, Rusty Gregor, Ervin Emshoff, Ron Smith, Dennis Sorensen, and Douglas Harvill.

Memorials may be directed Animal Friends, Brazos Valley Hospice, and/or Christ Lutheran Church.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main Street, Brenham, TX 77833.


Memorial Oaks Chapel
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    Brenham, Texas 77833

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Prairie Lea Cemetery
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    Brenham, Texas 77833
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