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James Robertson HARTZELL


1927 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
James Robertson HARTZELL Obituary
Born April 15, 1927, died September 12, 2018. Born to Robert and Jesalyn Hartzell of Minneapolis, MN. He married his love, Catherine (Kitty) Wolff on August 11, 1951. 67 Years of happiness. Jim is survived by his wife Kitty, three children, Katie Blevins, Susan Vannelli (Greg), and Jim Hartzell Jr (Suzanne). Jim had 13 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents Robert and Jesalyn and brother Thomas Hartzell. Jim served in the United States Navy during World War II. Graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Business Administration. In 1951, Jim and brother Tom formed their first of many business partnerships, The Highway Display (outdoor advertising) Company. Later Jim and Tom would diversify to Hartzell Manufacturing company in St. Paul and then developed the Hartzell Corporation. Jim and Kitty were residents of Naples, Florida and summered at Casco Point (Lake Minnetonka) in Minnesota. Jim loved boating, traveling the world with Kitty, playing golf and tennis and having special times with family and friends including his Chi Psi brothers. Jim was a Board member of St. Paul Goodwill, Commodore of Naples Fl. Yacht Club and member of the Young Presidents Organization. Jim was a long-time member of House of Hope Presbyterian Church, and member of First Presbyterian Church of Naples, FL. He loved supporting various worthy local charitable causes through the James Hartzell Foundation. A memorial service for Jim will be held at House of Hope Presbyterian Church, 797 Summit Ave., St. Paul, Minnesota on Friday, October 19, 2018 at 1PM with reception to follow. A gathering in Jim's memory will be held in Naples, FL at a future date.
Published in Pioneer Press on Sept. 16, 2018
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