On January 24, 2010, Jess (Bud) Hartje, age 66, was called home to his Heavenly Father after battling heart disease for 30 years. Bud was preceded in death by his parents, Loran and Viola Hartje, and one sister, Dolores Scruffum.
Bud is survived by his adoring wife and best friend of 43 years, F. Jean (Larkin) Hartje, the daughter of Tim and Olive Larkin.
Also surviving are two sons and their families, Jess (Bud) and Heather Hartje and granddaughter, Elizabeth Hartje Burns; and Joshua B. and Tammy Hartje and grandchildren, Savannah and Samuel Hartje, all of the Springfield/Republic area; three sisters, Lorena Hunter and Mary ann Burrington, of Joplin, and Linda Duncan, of Branson; and a host of other relatives and friends.
He was born in Joplin, Mo., on March 7, 1943. He attended Joplin Public Schools and graduated from Carl Junction High School. He also attended Joplin Junior College.
Bud and Jean have resided in and around the Republic area for 25 years. Brookline First Baptist Church is his church home, where he served as deacon and was active in the music program including the sanctuary choir and The Brookline Quartet. The heavenly choir is enjoying the addition of Bud's bass voice.
Selling over-the-road trucks for Springfield Freightliner has been his passion for the last 25 years. While there, he received many awards and recognitions and made many good friends. He was an amateur photographer and an avid fisherman and hunter, who enjoyed a pheasant hunting trip to western Kansas every year. With the Apostle Paul, Bud could say: "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith; henceforth, there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me but also to all who have loved His appearing." II Timothy 4:7.
Bud's favorite hymn was Victory in Jesus, which he truly believed.
Contribution of the Building Fund can be sent to the Brookline First Baptist Church, 2044 S. State Highway MM, Brookline Station, MO 65619.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Meadors Funeral Home, Republic, Mo.