William Hartless
1929 - 2021
Holt Family Funeral Home
806 E. Macon Avenue
Canon City, CO
William Palmer Hartless was born on July 11, 1929, in Covington, Virginia, to Jeff and Annie (Palmer) Hartless. Palmer passed away on October 30, 2021, in Canon City, Colorado. Palmer is reunited in peace for eternity with his wife of 67 years. Palmer was united in marriage to Edna May (Jackie) Davies on March 26, 1947, in Clayton, New Mexico. Palmer was a devoted and loving father and grandfather. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family and attending the grandchildren's and great-grandchildren's birthdays, programs, and sporting activities whenever possible. Palmer lived in Virginia until his sophomore year in high school, moving to Colorado in 1944. He graduated from Canon City High School in 1947. Palmer worked for Jones Wholesale and Canon Wholesale until 1950 when he entered the Army during the Korean War. After the war, he worked at the Pueblo Army Depot as a Security Guard. In 1952 he took a full-time job with the Colorado National Guard. He spent 42 years in the National Guard, retiring in 1989 as a Chief Warrant Officer 4 (CW4) Supply Officer. He also was a volunteer fireman with the Canon City Fire Department, retiring after 25 years. One of Palmer's favorite sports was rifle marksmanship. He started shooting with the ROTC and was active in shooting for 45 years. He shot in civilian rifle matches, and military matches including Army Area matches, All Army matches, Interservice matches, and the National Rifle Matches. He shot many matches at the Royal Gorge Rifle Range where he was a member for over 50 years. He was the officer in charge (OIC) for the Sixth Army Rifle Team, winning the All-Army Championship. He also was Assistant OIC for the All-Guard Rifle Team. He won many medals and trophies during his shooting. One he was most proud of was the Distinguished Rifle Medal that he earned in 1966. This is the highest shooting medal that the Army awards. Among other things, Palmer loved hunting and fishing. He always enjoyed his fall hunting trips for elk and deer. He and Jackie spent 20 years wintering in Mexico where he fished for his favorite, yellowtail tuna. He also did a lot of fishing in Colorado's lakes and rivers. He enjoyed trips to Canada with his son-in-law and grandsons over the years. In later years as Palmer and Jackie got older, they spent their winters in Arizona. They enjoyed the slower pace - playing bingo, eating out, and visiting the casinos from time to time. They made many cherished friends in Arizona. Palmer met De in 2015 and asked her to dinner in May of 2016. Together they traveled to Niagara Falls, New York; Kalispell, Montana; Portland, Maine; and spent the winters of the last 4 years in Arizona together. Palmer was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Past Exalted Ruler (PER) and life member of the BPOE Elks 610, Past Commander of the American Legion Post 13, member of the National Rifle Association, AARP, Good Sams, and the Retired Shooters Association. Palmer is survived by his children, Jeanne (Paul - deceased) Clark, Betty Sue (Dean) Cornella, and Bill (Laura) Hartless; grandchildren, Misty (Joe) DeSalvo, Wendy (Drew) Cronk, Marina (Chuck) Hildebrand, Ryan (Elizabeth) Cornella, Melissa (Mike) Bufmack, Krista (Matt) Valdez, Chris (Melissa) Hartless, Jeff (Lori) Hartless; great-grandchildren, Haily (Johnnie) Krien, Talon DeSalvo, Ashtyn (Camden) Buechler, Josh Cronk, Trace Hildebrand, Annika Hildebrand, Jacob Cornella, Tanner Cornella, Trevor Bufmack, Allison Bufmack, Aiden Hartless, Taytum Hartless, and Charley Valdez; numerous nieces and nephews; also his later in life companion, Deanne (De) Terrell who took great care of him and was with him to the end. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jackie, on October 28, 2014, and was also welcomed in heaven by his parents, a brother, four sisters, and a son-in-law. He will be greatly missed by his children and grandchildren. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., Monday, November 8, 2021, at Holt Funeral Home. Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, November 8, 2021, at The Holy Cross Abbey Event Center in Canon City, Colorado, followed by a reception. Interment will follow at Lakeside Cemetery in Canon City, Colorado, at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Palmer's name to the Elks National Foundation (2750 North Lakeview Avenue Chicago, IL 60614-2256), The Colorado National Guard Foundation (12200 East Briarwood Avenue, Suite 160 Centennial, CO 80112), or Canon City volunteer fire department (c/o Fire Station 1 1475 15th Street Canon City, CO 81212). Others may watch via live stream by going to YouTube.com and searching "Holt Family Funeral Livestream Palmer Hartless". Online condolences at holtfamilyfuneralhomes.com.
Published by The Canon City Daily Record on Nov. 6, 2021.
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806 E. Macon Avenue, Canon City, CO
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Canon City, CO
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We were very sad to hear of Palmer's passing. We will always remember Jackie and Palmer...what a lovely couple. Palmer was a true gentleman. Our prayers are with the family and Deanne. RIP
Mindy (Fuller) Smith and Glen Smith
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