Beverly A. Hartzler, 88, of rural Akron, passed from this life into the arms of her Lord and Savior at 1:06 a.m. Wednesday, July 13, 2022, at her home with her son by her side.

Bev was born on May 15, 1934, near Akron, to the late Teleford A. and Phyllis A. Gaerte Pearson. She was married on July 27, 1951, in Disko, to Larry T. Hartzler, who preceded her in death on March 26, 2018.

She worked alongside her husband as a farmer’s wife and together they owned and operated Hartzler Excavating. She was a longtime member of the Akron Church of God, where she was very active in the nursery. Most recently, she had been attending Omega Church. Bev always looked forward to attending concerts, at Riverview Community Church, with her son.

She and her husband were members of the Wally Byam Airstream Club International. They wintered in Sebring, Fla., for 25 years. Bev enjoyed the outdoors. She loved animals, gardening and her pets. She was known for her acts of kindness. 

She is survived by her son, Chad Hartzler, of Akron; sister, Evelyn McDonald, of Muncie; brother, Chris and wife Dianne Pearson, of North Manchester; sister-in-law, Patsy and husband Channing Utter, of Akron; several nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Ruth Ann Harter, of Akron.

Bev was preceded in death by her parents; in-laws, Joe and Helen Hartzler; husband Larry; brothers-in-law, Charles McDonald and Stephen, Richard “Jack” and Jerome Hartzler.

The funeral service will take place at noon July 16 at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, with Pastor Thad Stewart officiating.

The interment will take place in the Akron Cemetery, Akron, next to her husband.

Visitation hours will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 16 at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

Memorial contributions can be made in her memory to Gideons International, Wee Care Children’s Ministries or Omega Church.

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