Rodney R. Hartman

Oct 30, 2018
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10:00 AM Friday Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Waterloo


4 ‑ 7 p.m. Thursday, November 1 at Locke Funeral Home


Garden of Memories Cemetery


May be directed to the family


Rodney R. Hartman, 64, of Waterloo, died on Tuesday, October 30 at home.

He was born on December 8, 1953 in Cedar Falls the son of Roger K. and Martha K. Johnston Hartman. He married Janice Neuenkirk on August 2, 1976 in Albion, MO.

Rodney graduated from Waterloo West High School in 1972 and earned a degree in Electrical Engineering from Hawkeye Tech. He retired from John Deere in 2002 after 30 years of employment.

He was a faithful member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church and baptized and confirmed at First Lutheran Church, UAW Local 838 member, and assistant Boy Scout troop master for troop #116 in Waterloo. He also, volunteered at Camp Ingawanis and helped build the chapel.

Survived by his wife; two daughters, Samantha Reed of Macon, MO and April (Brian) Leadley of Waterloo; one son, Dale (Michelle) Hartman of Clarence, MO; eight grandchildren, Walter (Ashley) Reed, Alysha (Bryan) Kribble, Christopher Reed, Shonna, Elijah, and Emily Hartman, and Cassidy and Dakota Leadley; two great-grandchildren, Lilith and Carter; his father of Hudson; two brothers, Randy (Cindi) Hartman and Russell (Lynette) Hartman, both of La Porte City; and one sister, Rhonda (Chuck Geadelmann) Hartman of Eden Prairie, MN.

Preceded by his mother; and grandparents.

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  1. Susanne Bolt Kelly | Nov 06, 2018

    Janice and children and grand children

    So sorry to see of Rodney's passing. God be with you in the days to come. I often think of Rodney and you and children and wish I had remained in better contact. Remember the visits when our children were young and all the John Deere conversation between Butch and Rodney. Sometimes they were quite the pair especially with a few beers in them.

    Not sure if I ever properly thanked you for the support you gave when Gerriet passed away in 2003. I am glad to see that Rodney had some years after retirement to enjoy life and God has blessed you with several grandchildren.

    God Bless,

    Susanne Bolt Kelly

  2. CHAD VAN DYKE | Nov 02, 2018
  3. Geo. & Tudy Brubaker | Nov 01, 2018
     Rodney was a fellow John Deere workmate of mine years ago. An all around nice guy..Sometimes quiet, sometimes talky...but unceasingly a good worker and friend. I always enjoyed talking to him on Labor Day at the UAW Picknic...I could always find him near the tractors or sitting in the shade in front of the Hall...I will miss him.  Our sincerest condolences to the Janice and family. 
  4. Nate Hartman, Nephew | Oct 31, 2018
    When I was 14 I said in passing to Uncle Rodney that I wish I could find a job that would let me work on only Saturdays so the job wouldn't interfere with my after school sports practices. Rodney said he knew of a job: working for him in his garden and garage. And so he would pick me up at 5am on Saturday, work me until "I dropped", and paid me $5 CASH MONEY an hour! Minimum wage was $5.15 so $5 cash was pretty good. And Rodney would talk . . . and talk, and talk. By the end of the day of working with him I was thinking in my head the way he talked. But during his talks, Rodney bestowed his wisdom on me and I learned a lot about a strong work ethic, valuing those you care about, and thousands of ways to use WD-40. Rodney was a great man and a great uncle. He will be missed!
  5. Janice | Oct 31, 2018
    so very sorry April for your loss. May God wrap his arms around you and your loved ones and hold you up to this very sad sad time in your life! I did not know your dad but knowing you  as his daughter I’m sure he was a wonderful father! Please know that many people care about you and are there for you if you need us .
  6. Mindy Gordon | Oct 31, 2018

    Leadley Family,

    My deepest sympathies as you all mourn the loss of your dad and grandpa.  It was nice to see him at the girls' events and when he picked up Dakota from school.  My prayers are will you during this difficult time,

  7. Susie Johnston | Oct 31, 2018
    Janice and family- Our thoughts are with all of you. Rodney will truly be missed. Our deepest sympathies. 
  8. tina hanna | Oct 30, 2018
     I am so sorry. Rodney always treated us as his own. he will greatly be missed! dave and tina hanna

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