Richard J. Hart, 88, of Oskaloosa, died Saturday, Oct. 28, 2013, at the Oskaloosa Care Center in Oskaloosa.
He was born Friday, Dec. 19, 1924, in Detroit, Mich., the son of Michael and Wilma Slinker Hart. He attended high school in Saginaw, Michigan where at the age of 13 became the state tennis table champion. He then studied Latin at Western Michigan University. After college, he joined the Navy serving as a radio operator during World War II.
On July 15, 1951, Richard was united in marriage to Joyce Gifford in Saginaw, Mich. He worked as an insurance claims manager in the Oskaloosa area for most of his working life. Richard enjoyed ham radio, even having his own radio tower at his home and was the first person to ever work all 50 states on two meters. He was an avid tennis player, playing even into his 80s. He also enjoyed watching old westerns, republic serials, and listening to music.
His family includes his wife; Joyce Hart, of Oskaloosa; two sons; Kelly (Marilyn) Hart, of Windsor Heights, and Sterling Hart, of Marion.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A memorial service will be held Friday, Nov. 8, at 1:30 p.m. at the Fremont Funeral Chapel in Fremont with Father Charles Fladung officiating.
Memorials may be made in his name.
Fremont Funeral Chapel in charge of arrangements.