Frederick Lee Hartman 1943 - 2019

Swan Song

SEELEY LAKE - Frederick Lee Hartman, 76 of Seeley Lake passed away on Sunday July 7 at Missoula Health & Rehab on the 24th year to the day of his father's passing.

He was born on May 30, 1943 in Lafayette, Ind. to Carl C. & Alvamae (Saltwell) Hartman. He graduated from Klondike H.S. in Tippecanoe, Colo. in 1961.

He started his first job riding his bike for several miles to caddy at the Elk's Club golf course while in high school. When he got his driver's license he stocked shelves for a grocery store at night. After he graduated he ran a Pepsi route for a year and then tried Purdue University for a semester when his father-in-law saw an ad in the paper and said, "This is an up and coming company." That was all she wrote----30 years w/UPS!

He married Patricia (Norris) Hartman in 1963 after meeting in high school in 1960. They built a home in 1964 on the family land and lived there until 1994. He and Patricia had one child Kelly Ann (Hartman) Fitzgerald who had granddaughter Amber Nicole Fitzgerald. They divorced in 2003 (40 years). He later married Patricia Lee (Griffith). They were married for four years.

While working for UPS he received a party and trophy from Cummings Engines for driving a semi that went 1,000,000 miles on the same engine. The trophy was a piston from the original engine that they finally removed to see how it made it that long, along with a plaque.

He loved to travel and vacationed in Mexico, Ireland, Alaska, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii and most of the 48 states. He was a member of the 1st United Methodist Church and co-leader of the youth group. He loved reading, his daily coffee with the guys and his routine visits to Kurt's. He traveled and camped with a group of Seeley Lake fellows. They fished the Smith River, packed into the BOB and several other treks.

Through the years he had cats, dogs, fish, birds and horses. He belonged to the Battleground Saddle Club in Indiana and did a lot of camping and riding with a really great group of families. He belonged to the Driftriders Snowmobile Club, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Life member of the Wilderness Sportsman Club and Local 710 Teamsters.

He enjoyed vacationing at the oldest dude ranch in Colorado for 10 years in the 70's & 80's. After doing a timeshare trade in 1984 for anywhere in the Northwest he came to Seeley Lake's Arrowhead Condo's. It was love at first sight and he bought property a couple of weeks later. He then built a home in 1994 after retiring from UPS (30 Years) and vacationing here twice a year for 10 years.

He is survived by his daughter Kelly Fitzgerald-Seeley Lake, granddaughter Amber Fitzgerald-Billings and his beloved brother James and sister-in-law Judy from Lafayette, Ind.

Cards can be sent to Kelly at PO Box 1054, Seeley Lake and any donations in his memory can be made to the Wilderness Sportsman Club at PO Box 507, Seeley Lake.

A private family service and spreading ashes will be held at a later date.


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