The Obit For Hartley McPherson

Hartley A. McPherson

Prugh Funeral Service
Saturday, October 1, 2011


Hartley A. McPherson, 89, of Burlington, died at his residence on Friday, Sept. 30, 2011.

Born on Feb. 2, 1922 in Croton, IA, he was the son of William McKinley and Bertha Esther McPherson. He married Betty Augusta Lippert on May 1, 1943 in Kahoka, MO.

Hartley's family relied upon him heavily as a provider at the young age of 12 when his father died unexpectedly. He became a professional baseball player with the Chicago Cubs organization. He worked at Sheaffer Pen for several years and was also a car salesman.

He helped establish the first Little League organization west of the Mississippi River and managed the first Burlington Babe Ruth League championship team in the state of Iowa. He also was a Cub Scout Master.

He was an inventor of many machines and devices. He earned a monetary award from Sheaffer Pen for a process modification. He was a do-it-yourself person who could solve any problem and perform any task. He even survived an armed kidnapping in Burlington in the 1970s. He was a devoted husband and father.

He was a past member of the Eagles Club and Baseball Oldtimer's Association. Hartley attended Oak Street Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Betty; two sons, gary lee mcPherson of Burlington, IA and Michael Allen (Alla) McPherson of Cedar Rapids, IA; one daughter, Cynthia Lynn Mason of Cedar Rapids, IA; three grandsons, Jason, Dane and Joshua; one granddaughter, Kristen; two great-grandsons, Cole and Keigan; four step-grandchildren, Katia, Brandi, Faleesha and Cheyanne; one great-granddaughter, Addison; two step-great-grandchildren, Sasha and Caitlyn; four sisters, Elbertine Kleber, Betty Hayes, Vera Mae Schleif and Alice Jean Ray; numerous cousins, nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Juanita Sportsman; three brothers, Darell, Edward and Ardith.

Funeral services for Hartley A. McPherson will be held on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at Oak Street Baptist Church, Burlington, Iowa. Pastor Gary Karas will officiate. Interment will be in Aspen Grove Cemetery.

Friends may call after 8:00 a.m on Monday with the family receiving friends in Prugh's Chapel on Monday evening from 6:30 until 8:00 p.m.

Memorials have been established for Oak Street Baptist Church and Great River Hospice.