Richard Hartert, 93 of Kellogg, passed away Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019.
Richard was born July 24, 1926, to Arthur and Lucille (Mogren) Hartert in Minneiska. He graduated from St. Felix High School, Wabasha, in 1944. After graduation, he worked a short time on the railroad and then joined his Dad at AJ Hartert & Son Hardware.
In 1949, he was drafted into the Army and after a medical discharge, he went back into business with his father and brothers in AJ Hartert Hardware Plumbing & Heating for 40 years.
In 1960, Richard relocated his family and the plumbing business to Kellogg. On Dec. 1, 1951, he married Ruth Mary Tomashek and they were about to celebrate 68 years of marriage.
He is survived by his wife Ruth; four daughters, Vicki (John) Riester, Carol (Jeff) Noll, Lori (Phil) Glomski and Lisa (Larry) Kennedy. He thought of his sons-in-law as his sons. He is also survived by grandchildren Ryan Riester, Kevin (Carrie) Riester, Katie (Craig) Johnson, Patrick (Karissa) Noll, Kelly (Bryan) Matera, Amy Glomski, Joseph (Jordan) Glomski, Craig (Emily) Loechler, Lindsay (David) Paulson, and Cory (Molly) Loechler; 15 great-grandchildren, Max, Grady, Will, Owen, Nick, Hallie, Emma, Griffin, Knox, Addie, Eloise, Graham, Josie, Rowen, and Grace; a brother, Leigh (Joni) Hartert; a sister-in-law Marie Hartert; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson Michael Noll; three brothers, Arthur, James, Joseph; and a sister, Mary.
Over his 93 years, Dick was a man who had become an expert in appreciating the simple things and valuing what was truly important in life. His home was often hosting some combination of his four daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He spent much of his available time and energy in the summers tending to his garden, which was a source of great pride and purpose for himself and his entire family. Even in his last summer, he grew more tomatoes than he could use and every generation of his family joined him in canning the harvest.
He remained an independent man throughout his final years, still mowing his own lawn, making many short drives around Kellogg, driving downtown for morning coffee and dice with friends.
He passed peacefully in the home he and Ruth cared for over so many years, knowing that he was surrounded by loved ones, the birdfeeders had food, there was split wood and cans of salsa in the basement, and the house was ready for winter.
Funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, at St. Agnes Catholic Church, Kellogg, with the Rev. Father Gregory Parrott officiating. Interment will be at St. Mary's Cemetery, Minneiska. Military rites will be provided at the church by the Wabasha American Legion Post 50, the Burkhardt-Roemer VFW Post 4086 and the MNARNG Honor Guard.
Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the church.
The family requests memorials to Michael Noll Foundation; St. Agnes/St. Felix Catholic Churches, 117 Third St. W., Wabasha; or Heartland Hospice, 821 Third Ave. SE, Suite 15, Rochester, MN 55904
Services entrusted to Abbott Funeral Home & Crematory, Wabasha. Words of sympathy or remembrance may be left at www.abbottfh.com.