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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, also 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 (or learn of the passing away of someone who lived in Hartford at one time) 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. Death notices are also posted in the HHS graduate database.
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George Olds, Sr. – Funeral services for former Hartford volunteer firefighter and auto mechanic George Olds Sr., 90, of 142 Washington, Hartford, who died Saturday [April 13, 1985], were scheduled for 2 p.m. today at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford.
     Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. Memorials may be made to the Hartford Volunteer Fire Department or the Hartford Federated Church, of which he was a member.

     Mr. Olds was born Dec. 22,1894, in Hartford. He served as a Hartford volunteer firefighter for 38 years before retiring as a lieutenant in 1964. In 1975, he retired from the Hartford Public Schools where he worked as a mechanic on school buses. While employed by the school district, he initiated proposals to have two-way radios installed in the buses. He was one of Hartford’s pioneer auto mechanics, who began working at the age of 14 and later built his own garage.
     He was the son of the late Hartford veterinarian Dr. George Olds. Survivors include: his wife, the former Florence Kime, whom he married Nov. 11,1917, in Hartford; two sons — Arthur Olds of Utica and George P. Olds Jr. of Kalamazoo; three daughters — Mrs. Paul (Helen) Richter of Hartford, Mrs. Henry (Peggy) Benham of Hartford and Betty L. Olds of Grand Rapids; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and two sisters — Mrs. Claire (Marion) Mahoney of Kalamazoo and Mrs. Renew Hawkins of Alma.


Marvin Frank Thornburg, 92, of 102 S. East St., Hartford, died Friday [March 15, 1985] at Little Company of Mary Hospital, Torrance, Calif., where he was visiting relatives.
     Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where friends may call Wednesday from 7-9 p.m.  Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford, with rites conducted by the American Legion Stoddard Post 93, Hartford, of which he was a lifetime member.  [He served in the
Army National Guard during WW1.]
     Mr. Thornburg was born Aug. 23, 1892, in Cedar Bluff, Ala.
     Survivors include: a daughter, Mrs. Albert (Evelyn) Touey of Hemit, Calif.; two sons – Henry S. of Baldwin Mich. and George W. of Hartford, with whom he made his home; 11 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Pansy, March 30, 1972 and son Lawrence Clifton (Buddy) Thornburg on March 18, 1985.

NOTE:  Frank is the grandfather of the webmaster, Emma Thornburg Sefcik.

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