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Please email the webmaster if you have obituaries of people who have lived in Hartford Michigan, or was active in the Hartford community, at some time during their lives. To find a specific obituary, use the  Search Our Site  feature located on the left menu of every page.  The Obituary section was started January 30, 2008 and current obituaries will be posted as they become available.  Obituaries are from the local newspapers, unless otherwise noted.  If you have an obituary notice of a former Hartford resident from a newspaper away from the Hartford area, please send it.  Past obituaries will be added as time permits.  Death notices are also posted in the HHS graduate database.
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Mabel McCurdy, 80, is buried here.     
     Mabel McCurdy was buried recently at Maple Hill Cemetery, following funeral services at Calvin Chapel. She died at the Kimmel rest home at Bangor, where her husband is a patient.
     She was born at Council Bluffs, Iowa.
     Mrs. McCurdy is survived by her husband, Walter, two sons, Hubert of Dolton, Illinois, and Wade of Chicago; four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Seventh Day Adventist Pastor W. W. Smith officiated at the services and ushers were pallbearers.

Published in the Hartford MI Day Spring, October 31, 1963
Ronald Bachman d 9-2-1963Ronald Bachman Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at the Calvin funeral home for Ronald Bachman, 18 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Bachman.  The Rev. William Martin, pastor of the Hartford Methodist church, officiated.
     Casket bearers, all friends of the deceased were James Gifford, Richard Avery, David Haney, Robert Smith, Thomas Norden, and Thomas Smith.  Burial was in Maple Hill Cemetery.
     Ronald died Monday morning in Bronson Hospital, Kalamazoo, from injuries received when a motor scooter on which he was riding crashed head-on into a pickup truck on US-31 in Allegan County Sunday evening.

The following appeared in The Shadow, Vol. XXXI – No. 1 from Hartford High School.

This issue of the Shadow is being dedicated to two of last year’s graduates.  They were fatally injured in an accident on August 31, 1963.  The boys, Medley Sampson and Ronald Bachman, both graduated here in June of "63".
     Medley Sampson was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Guy Sampson.  He is survived by both of his parents and a sister, Connie.
     Ronald was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Bachman of Hartford.  He is survived by both parents, a sister, [Patricia], and two Brothers, [Terrence and Richard].

Note:  Ronald was a 1963 Hartford High School graduate.  He was born May 5, 1945 and died September 2, 1963.

Medley Sampson d 8-31-1963
Medley Sampson
Died instantly from injuries in an accident when a motor scooter on which he was riding crashed head-on into a pickup truck on US-31 in Allegan County Sunday evening.
     Medley Sampson was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Guy Sampson.  He is survived by both of his parents and a sister, Connie.

Note:  Medley was a 1963 Hartford High School graduate.  He died August 31, 1963. 


Everard "Eddie" Lorne Carpenter died after a lengthy illness, on April 30th, 1963, at the Winnipeg General Hospital, Everard Lorne Carpenter, aged 72 years, beloved husband of Glenna Carpenter, of Ste. 5, 37 Balmoral Place. 
     Funeral service will be held at 2:15 p.m. Friday in the Clark Leatherdale Funeral Hom, 232 Kennedy Street, with Dr. E.G.D. Freeman officiating, assisted by Rev. C.H. Forsyth.  Interment in Chapel Lawn Memorial gardens. 
     Born in Hartford, Michigan, Mr. Carpenter came to Lachute, Quebec at an early age, moving to Port Arthur, Ontario in 1909.  Since 1944 he had resided in Winnipeg.  He was employed with the Canadian National Railways for 43 years and was a member of the C.N.R. Veterans Association of Winnipeg.  He was a member of the executive board of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers.  He was a former coach of the Port Arthur Bear Cats, Allan Cup hockey team, and a player on the World Champion Stanley Cup, Seattle Metropolitans.  He was a member of the Royal Arch Masons, Shuniah Chapter, No. 82, Port Arthur, Ontario, a life member of Port Arthur Lodge, A.F. & A.M. No.499, G.R.C., a past patron of the Order of the Eastern Star, a former member of the city council of the city of Port Arthur, and a member of Westminster United Church, Winnipeg. 
     Surviving besides his wife, Glenna, are one son, John of Calgary, Alberta; One daughter, Lorna (Mrs. W. Walker) of Fort Garry, and five grandchildren; also two brothers, George of Toronto and Ray of Edmonton; and two sisters, Mrs. Charles Anderson of Kamloops, B.C., and Mrs. Murray McKinnon of Edmonton.

Click here for more history on Eddie’s hockey career with the NHL.
Jake Lewis Meachum, age 61, died Jan 31, 1963 in Millington MI.  Born October 14, 1901 in Hartford, Michigan, he was the youngest son of Henry & Orpha (Sammons) Meachum.  Jake L. Meachum  d 1-31-1963
    He is survived by his wife, Frieda Ann Gilmore; son, Robert Meachum of Dowagiac MI; and daughter, Patricia Howell of East Lansing MI. 
    Jake was Salutatorian of the 1919 Hartford High School graduating Class. 

An original obituary is unavailable.  The following Tribute to Jake L. Meachum was reprinted from the Tuscola County Adviser on February 7, 1963.

        Jake L. Meachum – pg 1, 4       Jake L. Meachum – pg 2,3 

Photos and tribute contributed by his great-niece, Virginia Meachum, on 7-21-2009.

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