TOPEKA — Cleo E. Hartzler, 84, of Topeka, passed away at 9:20 p.m. Monday, Aug. 4, at home surrounded by his family.
He was born on Feb. 19, 1930, to Dana and Dorothy (Zimmerman) Hartzler in Topeka.
On Oct. 3, 1953, Cleo married Phyllis Oesch in Mishawaka. She survives.
He graduated from Topeka High School and was also a graduate of Goshen College. He was a farmer and rancher. He attended LaGrange First Church of God and was able to take a mission trip to Honduras. He had a love for people and enjoyed giving back to his community by serving on numerous boards and committees.
Surviving are his wife, Phyllis; two children, Diane (Randy) Harvell of Middlebury and Kent of Ligonier; two grandchildren, Brooke (fiancé Marco Gabriele) Harvell of Middlebury and Casey Hartzler of Ligonier; one sister, Carolyn Hartzler Leichty of Auburn; two step-grandchildren, Melissa (Jeff) Atkinson of Elkhart and Amy Harvell of Indianapolis; and two great-step-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two siblings, Nolen and Marilyn.
A celebration of life service in Mr. Hartzler’s honor will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 9 at LaGrange First Church of God in LaGrange, with Pastors Nancy Warren and Harold Gingerich officiating. A gathering will be at Maple Grove Church in Topeka at 9:30 a.m. Saturday to process to the cemetery for the committal. There will be a time of visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, and from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, at Maple Grove Mennonite Church in Topeka.
Memorial contributions may be directed to LaGrange First Church of God’s Mission Fund.
Yeager Funeral Home in Ligonier is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.yeagerfuneralhome.com.