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Hanzil Lavern Burtman The Burtman family is sad to announce the passing of Hanzil Lavern Burtman on Nov. 14, 2012, at Alexian Brothers Hospital in Elk Grove Village, IL, surrounded by family members following a long battle with cancer. He was born on Feb. 28, 1941, outside of Pocahontas, AR on Harmony Road. He served in the US Army from 1960 to 1962. He was stationed in Germany, where he met his first wife, Helmy Lafleur. He is survived by the three children of that marriage, Mark Burtman, Elisabeth (Lisa) Burtman Lischer and Christine Burtman. He is survived by his current wife, Maria Szpiech Burtman. He is also survived by his two sisters, Lena Burtman Hinkle and Mary Linda Burtman Ogle; three brothers, Audrion Burtman, Vincent Wayne Burtman, and John Burtman; and four grandchildren, Airth Burtman, Heather Burtman, Rachel Burtman and Charlie Lischer; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, friends and family. He was predeceased in death by his mother, Orpha Whitrock Burtman and his father, Charles Roscoe Burtman. He was recently predeceased by his brothers, Otis Ray Burtman, Marvin Herald Burtman and Charles Denzil Burtman. He was also predeceased by five brothers and sisters who passed away in childhood, Maxine, Marshall, Alta Mae, Ella Faye and Paul Allen. He was a devoted member of the Church of Christ. He worked as a draftsman and an engineer. He wrote music and sang beautifully. He coached baseball teams for his own kids, his nephew and other children as well. His funeral was held at the McNabb Funeral Home at 2129 N. Park St., Pocahontas, AR on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m., with visitation at 12 noon for family and 1 p.m. for everyone. Burial will follow in Harmony Cemetery. For information, 870-892-5242.
Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald from Nov. 17 to Nov. 19, 2012
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