|First Central Presbyterian Church, Abilene, Texas
A Service of Worship in Memory of Odber Raymond Hartt Jr.
January 15, 1999
Odber "Ray" Hartt Jr. was born in Wichita Falls, Texas, February 3, 1920. Ray graduated from high school and attended Texas A&M University, graduating in 1946 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, after a four year time for service in World War II.
He served as Captain in the Corps of Engineers while in the military, serving in North Africa, Italy, and also the Philippines and Japan.
Ray married Joan Logan in Wichita Falls on February 11, 1950. He was a member of the First Central Presbyterian Church where he served as an ordained Elder and Deacon. He was in charge of adding and installing the air-conditioning to the original First Presbyterian Church Sanctuary, and supervised the remodeling of the old sanctuary into Fellowship Hall. Ray began working for West Texas Utilities as an air-conditioning engineer March 1, 1954 and was later the Space Conditioning Engineer in Customer Services. He retired from WTU March 2, 1986.
Ray was a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, the Texas Society of Professional Engineers, and the Abilene Exchange Club where he served as president. He had been on the City Board of Electrical Examiners for six years and Chairman of the Volunteer Weatherization Committee. Ray was a member of the Advisory Committee for construction of the headquarters building for Meals on Wheels.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. O.R. Hartt Sr.; a sister, Helen Hartt Thompson; and a nephew, David Thompson.
Survivors include his wife of Abilene; a daughter, Ann L. Hartt of Abilene; a grandson, Robert Lee Hartt of Abilene; and four nieces. |
Odber Raymond (Ray) Hartt, who passed on January 12, 1999 at the age of 78. He is survived by his wife, Joan (Logan) Hartt, and one daughter, Ann L. Hartt and one grandson, Robert Lee Hartt.
Ray received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Texas A & M. then spent thirty-three years as an air conditioning engineer for West Texas Utilities.
He was an ordained Elder and Deacon of the First Central Presbyterian Church, in Abilene, Texas. He also was a WWII army veteran.
Ray was the inspiration for me to delve into the Hartt family history, after he and Joan paid me a surprise visit many years ago. I regret that he is not with us now to see the results of our research. He would be very pleased.