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Dr. Roger LaMonte Hartman

Published on -1/13/2010, 2:30 PM

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Dr. Roger LaMonte Hartman, son of Ronald Clark and Estelle (Winters) Hartman, was born April 17, 1935, in Wichita, Kansas. He passed away at his home in Norton, Kansas, on January 12, 2010, at the age of 74.

He grew up in the Wichita area and graduated from Augusta High School in 1953. He married his high school sweetheart, Ruth Rummell, on June 9, 1955, in Augusta, Kansas, and to this union three children were born, Robert, Leslie, and Brian.

In 1953, Roger attended the University of Kansas where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and physics with Phi Beta Kappa honors in 1957. He graduated from the University of Kansas Medical School with scholastic Alpha Omega Alpha honors in 1961. His internship was in Polk County Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa. In 1963, Dr. Hartman and wife, Ruth, went to the Indian reservation in Zuni, New Mexico, where he spent two years with the Public Health Service. He then spent a year in private practice in Cortez, Colorado. It was while in Cortez, that they were convinced to come to Norton and practice medicine and raise their family.

Dr. Hartman enjoyed knowing his patients and their families. He delivered over 1500 babies, including many second generation babies. It gave him much satisfaction watching babies grow up and having the opportunity to deliver their children. He went through many good and bad times with his patients, allowing his gift of compassion to be felt by many. Dr. Hartman was an extraordinary family practitioner and will be remembered for his devotion of 30 years to his patients and medical practice.

Dr. Hartman retired in April of 1994. This time allowed him to be at the Prairie Dog Golf Course loving the game of golf and being with his much loved friends. He will especially be remembered as a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He will be sadly missed by many.

Survivors include: his wife, Ruth, of the home in Norton; son, Robert, and wife, Staci Hartman, Logan, Kansas; daughter, Leslie, and husband, Jim Baird, Norton; son, Brian Hartman, Norton; three granddaughters, Anne Elizabeth and Kathryn Leigh Hartman, and Laura Lee Baird; one brother, Dr. Boyd Hartman and wife, Patti, Minneapolis, Minnesota; other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Private family services will be held.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Norton Library Foundation.

Arrangements are with Enfield Funeral Home in Norton.

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