From a contemporary press report:
Rev. Paul W. Hartrick, Chaplain, Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army (Retired), age 70, of Fremont, Wisconsin, died on Monday, June 24, 2002, at Appleton Medical Center.
Colonel Hartrick was born on February 16, 1932, in Urbana, Illinois, the son of the late Paul H. and Vera (Marr) Hartrick. On November 21, 1953 Paul married Aletha Bell in Urbana, Illinois.
In 1954 Pastor Hartrick graduated from Bradley University with a B.S. in psychology. He then entered the U.S. Air Force as a navigator from 1954-1962. At this time he left the Air Force and entered the seminary at Springfield, Illinois, in early 1963. He graduated on August 13, 1965 with a Masters of Divinity.
Pastor Hartrick received his first call to Los Banos, California, serving from 1965-1967. In 1967 he received a call to serve as an Army Chaplain, serving from 1967-1979. During his time in the Army, he received a Masters Degree from Long Island University, New York, in Guidance and Counseling. He also served in Vietnam, Germany and state side bases, retiring on April 1, 1979 as a Lieutenant Colonel.
During his service in the military he received the Bronze Star, the Air Medal, the Army Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, the Air Force Outstanding Unit Citation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.
On August 5, 1979 he was installed at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Fremont, Wisconsin. After coming to St. Paul’s he received the St. Martins of Tours Bronze Medal. This award is given for outstanding service to the military chaplaincy of the church. Pastor Hartrick served the St. Paul Congregation until retiring on December 31, 1993. He then served at Grace and Trinity Lutheran Church in Bear Creek for 6 months, helped as a vacancy pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Oshkosh. He helped start Calvary Lutheran Church in King, Wisconsin, and then served at Emmaus Lutheran Church in the town of Lind, from November 1993 until his illness forced him to step down on June 1, 2002.
He was a member of the TROA.
In his spare time, Pastor enjoyed old cars, the EAA, hunting, wood carving, reading and fishing.
Survivors include his wife, Aletha; a son, Paul R. and Karen Hartrick, Fremont; 2 daughters, Marlyn and Jared Weiss, Clinton Township, Michigan, Rebecca Schroeder, Oshkosh; 9 grandchildren, Paul Travis and Angela Woods, Sarah, Paul A. and Jesse Hartrick, Theodore and Brandi Weiss, Bryton and Logan Schroeder; a great-grandaughter, Amber Woods; 3 sisters, Melissa Mandarino, Stevensville, Michigan, Kathryn McAnally, Las Vegas, Nevada, Debra Purfield, Weyauwega.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 28, 2002, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Fremont. Rev. Carl Luedtke and Rev. Adrian Hanft will officiate.
Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.
A Memorial has been established for a scholarship fund at Emmaus Lutheran Church and St. Paul Lutheran Church.
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Reviewed by: Michael Howard