Obituary: Lawrence E. Hartley

Obituary: Lawrence E. HartleyWonderful father, grandfather and father-in-law, Lawrence Edwin Hartley, was promoted to Heaven on April 10, 2014, at the age of 87.

Services will be held on Wednesday, April 16, at 1 p.m. at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Ridgecrest.

He was born to Laura (Way) Hartley and Samuel Houston Hartley in Porterville on March 17, 1927.

In March 1944 Lawrence graduated from high school in Campbell, Calif., to immediately join the U.S. Marine Corps. As a 17-year-old recruit, his plan was to avenge the attack on Pearl Harbor. As fate would have it, World War II ended that same year. He spent four years as a Marine, serving in the South Pacific during and after WWII, eventually being assigned to China Lake.

At China Lake, he met and married Bette Jean Olson. They were married 43 years. His military service was followed by 33 years of civilian service at China Lake.

Lawrence leaves behind five daughters; Laurn Hartley, Brenda Blowers (Sydney), Debra Hartley-Smith (Ron), Jana Hartley and Sheryl Allen (Kevin). He was the grandfather to Eric, Leslie, Otto, Kim, Jacob, Joshua, Kaleb and Emilee, and was a great-grandfather to 18 and a great-great-grandfather to seven, plus another on the way.

He was preceded in death by his wife Bette Jean in 1991, his parents, his sister Lilian, his grandson Joshua Hartley-Irelan and his granddaughter Sarah Allen.

Lawrence fought a five-year battle with kidney failure and cancer. He spent many days in dialysis, in chemotherapy and in the hospital, never complaining, but always wanting to return to his home and family. He was so thankful for the many doctors and nurses who served him.

During his final hours, he was surrounded by family who adored him. His final nurse expressed happiness to see how well he was loved.

This is true, because “Dad loved us so well,” his family said. “It is hard to believe that he is gone, but we rejoice that our separation is only temporary.”

Psalms 62: 1-2. “My soul finds rest in God alone, my salvation comes from Him. He alone is my Rock and my Salvation. He is my fortress, and I will never be shaken.”

Submitted by the family of Lawrence Hartley

Story First Published: 2014-04-16