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RICHARD BERGQUIST HARTZELL Richard Bergquist Hartzell, 63, Overland Park, KS, died Monday, July 7, 2014, at St. Joseph Health Center. Rich's visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the Porter Funeral Home, 8535 Monrovia, Lenexa, KS The Funeral Liturgy will be at 9:30 a.m. Friday, July 11, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 11300 W. 103rd, Overland Park, KS. Graveside services will be at 4 p.m. Friday at Oakview Cemetery, Albia, Iowa. Rich was born July 25, 1950, in Ottumwa, Iowa, the son of Richard and Marjorie Jean Hartzell. As a young man Rich was active in the Boy Scouts and received his Eagle Scout designation. Rich served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Lance Corporal from 1969-1971. He served in Vietnam from July 1970-May 1971 and was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal with Combat V. He graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor's Degree in Finance in 1973. Rich had been a commodities trader at the Kansas City Board of Trade for over 30 years and served on the board of directors. In that stressful environment he was noted for his steady demeanor. He was a trusted and reliable friend to many. He was proud to have maintained his USMC level of fitness. In the trading pit other traders maneuvered around Rich, not through him. Though in many respects Rich was very private, it was no secret that he loved his family very deeply. Rich enjoyed life to the fullest. His interests included aerobatics for which he received many awards including 2nd place at nationals in Texas and Wisconsin and 1st place in the KC Region. Hunting, sailing, boating, cycling, scuba diving, and coaching his children's CYO sports were special interests. Rich planned and took part in many cross country motorcycle trips in the U.S. and Canada. Rich was preceded in death by his father, Richard, June 13, 2014. Rich is survived by his wife of 23 years, Annette V. Hartzell, three children, Lauren, Richard, and Kristen, his mother, Jean Hartzell, Bella Vista, AR and aunt, Linda Bergquist, Iowa City, IA. His family was his greatest joy. He was deeply proud of their many achievements. Condolences may be expressed at: www.porterfuneralhome.com Arrangements: Porter Funeral Homes & Crematory, 8535 Monrovia, Lenexa, KS. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions in Rich's name to the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, 909 N. Washington St., Suite 400, Alexandria, VA 22134, which gives scholarships to the children of wounded Marines and Navy Corpsmen. Porter Funeral Homes and Crematory
Published in Kansas City Star on July 9, 2014
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