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September 21, 2023
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David Hartz, 69, of Main Street, Locustdale, passed away Thursday, September 21, 2023, at his residence. Born at the former Ashland State Hospital in Fountain Springs, he was the son of the late Harry and Catherine Felegi Hartz. He attend Hummelstown High School, later in 1972, joining the U.S. Marine Corps, during the time of the Vietnam War, as a Travel and Disbursement clerk, earning the U.S. Good Conduct Medal. Dave and his wife, Debbie, operated the D and D Café in Locustdale until its closing. He also operated Dave’s Coil Cleaning Company for area taverns for many years. Dave was the postmaster at the Girardville Post Office until his retirement. He was a member of Grace Evangelical Independent Church, Locustdale, the Locustdale Fire Company, the Lavelle Fire Company, the Marine Corps League, Ashland V.F.W. Post 7654, Ashland American Legion Post #434, and the Good Fellowship Club of Ashland, serving as President for many years. Proudly, he was a coal miner for a time, and one of the builders of the Phoenix Roller Coaster at Knoebels Amusement Park. He and his wife Debbie loved NASCAR, having season tickets at the Pocono Raceway, cheering on Dale Earnhart Sr. Dave loved the Seattle Sea Hawks football team. Preceding him in death was his wife Deborah “Debbie” Guinther Hartz, passing August 10, 2016.
Daughter: Jamie Hartz, Ashland
Son: Craig Hartz, and his wife Alicia, Lancaster
Sister: Kathy Horan, Hegins
Grandchildren: Chelsie Hartz Warcola, and her husband Adam, Cole, Cory, and Caden Weinreich, and Bryce Hartz
Great Grandchildren: Bentley, Raelyn, and Ripp Warcola
His faithful dog, Nitro
Many nieces and nephews
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life Funeral Service, October 6, 2023, at 7 PM, in the Richard W. Fritz Funeral Home, 1323 Centre St. Ashland. Officiating will be Rev. Rose Marquardt, pastor of the Grace Evangelical Independent Church, Locustdale. A visitation will be held from 5 PM until service. Dave will have a funeral service with Marine Corps honors at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Friday, October 13, 2020, at 1:30 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer memorial contributions be made to the Locustdale Fire Company, Firehouse Hill, Locustdale, PA. 17945. Visit www.Fritzfuneralhome.com. The Richard W. Fritz Funeral home is in charge of funeral arrangements.