Ross County OH Obituaries

Surname: HARTLEY   


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Earl, son of Frank and Elizabeth (Overly) Hartley, was born near Richmondale, Ohio on De-this life near Vigo, Ohio on Sep-cember 13th, 1904 and departed tember 25, 1932, aged 27 years, 9 months and 12 days.

Merrell, son of Frank and Rachel (Bennett) Hartley, was born near Richmondale, Ohio on February 15, 1911 and departed this life near Vigo, Ohio on September 25, 1932 aged 21 years, 7 months and 10 days.

Their summons came suddenly and unexpectedly, enroute to church.

    In the midst of life we are in death.
    Be ye there ready, for ye know not the day
    nor the hour when the Son of Man cometh.

Earl spent most of his life at home, all excepting the last four years and Merrel his entire life, working with-out material compensation for the benefit of the whole family.

Their father has been physically incapacitated for the past twelve years, thereby being prevented from assuming the responsibility of the physical support of the family, and they assumed this responsibility admirably.

We are prone to say good things about the dead, but truly can say that these boys possessed outstanding qualities of genuine manhood and very little if any faults.

They were honest, upright, sober, appreciative, noble, industrious and courageous. Boys, who possessing fine dispositions, made their acquaintances their friends, were clean morally and physically. The fact that neither of them ever had a quarrel or mere difference with any of their acquaintances is truly out-standing. Earl was trustworthy and faithful to his employer. Merrel possessed a keen mind and could have attained much intellectually had he been afforded the opportunity to continue his studies.

Both boys gave up their schooling and many other pleasures that most boys demand, to assist their father, but they did it cheerfully and willingly.

Both were jewels in the home; loved, admired and respected by their parents and younger brothers and sisters. Especially Merrel, because of his closer relationship and constant and continued presence in the home.

Earl nursed and cared for his aged grandmother Hartley during her last sickness and death. What greater or truer expression of loyalty, love and respect could any one show than he did in doing this. Truly it is a sublime picture of honor and devotion, and worthy of recognition and emulation.

They leave to mourn their departure a father, Earl, a step-mother and grand-father; Merrel a mother and grand-mother, each four brothers and three sisters: Mrs. Elma Holmes and Homer of Columbus, Ohio; Ora, Serepta, Louise, Ellis Eugene, Archie Edwin and Luther Elva, at home.

Earl's mother and each, two brothers having preceded them to the Great Beyond.

They both expressed a firm belief in God.

  Other refuge have I none;
  Hangs my helpless soul on thee;
  I come, Lord, I come;
  Thou'll forgive the troubled past
  And Oh, receive my soul at last,