Doane Ellsworth Hartford


Doane Ellsworth Hartford, 98, was called home on Saturday, September 21, 2013, at the Great River Medical Center in West Burlington, Iowa. He was born on February 5, 1915, to Doane Ellsworth and Laura Elizabeth Sutton Hartford in Olympia, Wash. Doane served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was part of the troops that were sent to Japan after they surrendered as part of the ‘peace mission’. He was a salesman and a carpenter but had also worked at the Satsop Creamery and Rainier State School in Buckley, Wash. He enjoyed playing darts and pinochle. He loved to tell stories as well as write them. He wrote several very nice poems. He was quite the philosopher concerning life and religion. He was definitely a free spirit and had the attitude of live and let live. He had been a member of the VFW in Elma, Wash. Many families in this area had their sewing machine repaired by him as he was an expert when it came to machines.

He married Vina ‘Babe’ Ray on December 29, 1941. They had five children and were married for 56 years. Doane always lovingly called Vina his ‘child bride’ and though they were never rich in the ways that many people consider rich, they possessed the greatest riches of all in the love and friendship they shared with each other and everyone they cared about.

Doane was preceded in death by his wife, ‘Babe; his oldest son, Ira Doane Hartford; and a great-grandson, Corey. When Vina ‘Babe’ passed on March 9, 1998, and Doane moved to Iowa to be near his daughter.

He is survived by his daughter-in-law, Charlene (Charles) Butterfield of Elma; daughter, Bobbie (Sonny) Stromer of Wapello, Iowa; three sons, Don (Julie) of Rochester, Duane (Elaine) of Satsop and Ray Dean of Olympia; a half brother, Hart Brady of Texas and several Texas relatives. He is also survived by 17 grandchildren, Chuck Hartford of University Place, Chris Butterfield of McCleary, Sonja Ibabao of Montesano, Doanie Spracklin of Bonney Lake, Dawn Warrenfeltz of Arizona, Monica Reese of Tacoma, Danita Shaw of Iowa and Julie Wixom of Iowa, Don Blevins of Aberdeen, AnnMarie Blevins of Aberdeen, Katrina Karner of Olympia, Meagan and Erica Hartford of Rochester, Richard Latch, John Latch of Hoquiam, Robert Latch, and Ira Hartford of Satsop; 42 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a special friend as well as numerous nieces and nephews which includes a very special nephew/friend Randy Flink of Montesano.

There will be no service as he said it was not necessary as his soul is already reunited with his ‘child bride’.