Manuel H. Hartley, 86, of St. Augustine, passed away on Aug. 3, 2014, at Clyde Lassen State Veterans Nursing Home, surrounded by his family. He was born at his family's home in Mandarin, Fla., on May 10, 1928, to Harry and Annie (Adams) Hartley, and grew up in St. Johns County. Manuel joined the U.S. Army at the age of 14. Several years later it was discovered that he had joined the army at too young an age, but he was determined to stay. He served in Germany during World War II, where he met his wife to be, Inge, and continued serving in the Army for more than 25 years, having also served in the Korean War. After his discharge from the Army, Manuel went to work as a welder in a shipyard in Louisiana. He later went to work for the FEC Railroad as a welder and supervisor, and retired after more than 20 years of service.
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He was preceded in death by his wife, Inge Hartley. He is survived by a daughter, Leila Pacetti, and her husband, Sherman, of St. Augustine; sons, Leroy Hartley, and his wife, Joanne, of Bloomingdale, Ga., Lynn Hartley, Larry Hartley and his wife, Donna, and Lyle Hartley, all of St. Augustine; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Manuel was the oldest boy of 13 children and is survived by many siblings.
A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, at St. Johns Family Funeral Home, with Dr. Clarence Blalock, officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Manuel's memory can be made to: McDowell Baptist Church, 16 Bay View Drive, St. Augustine, FL 32084.
The family would like to thank the staff of Clyde Lassen State Veterans Nursing Home for the wonderful care give to Manuel over the last four years.
St. Johns Family Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
St. John's Family Funeral Home & Crematory
385 SR 207
St. Augustine, FL 32084
Published in St. Augustine Record on Aug. 6, 2014