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Columbia Missourian

Wallace Gordon Hartley, July 5, 1926 — April 20, 2013, of Columbia

By Miguel Sola
April 22, 2013 | 4:30 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Wallace Gordon Hartley of Columbia died Saturday, April 20, 2013, at his home in Columbia. He was 86.

He was born on July 5, 1926, to Delbert and Norma Smith Hartley in Jefferson City.

On March 5, 1947, he married Anna Harmon.

Mr. Hartley served in the Army during World War II in Germany. After returning home, he started working for State Farm Insurance, where he retired after 44 years. 

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Anna; his son, Dennis Gordon Hartley of Columbia; and Fabain LaRay of Columbia.

His sister, June LaRue Goodwin, and two sons, Duane Alan Hartley and Jeffrey Scott Hartley, died earlier.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Hawthorn Memorial Gardens in Jefferson City.

Memorial contributions can be made to Tiger Shrine Club, 1300 Blue Ridge Road, Columbia, MO 65202 or Eastern Star, 6033 Masonic Drive, Suite C, Columbia, MO 65202.

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