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John Hartter
Popkess Mortuary, Sabetha
Sabetha , KS

John “Fluffy” Franklin Hartter, 76, of Sabetha died on Tuesday, July 18, 2023, at his home surrounded by his family.

John was born on February 25, 1947, the son of Johnny R. Hartter and Mary Helen (Butterfield) Hartter in Ottawa, Kansas. The family moved to Sabetha, Kansas, when John was two years old. He grew up in Sabetha and graduated from Sabetha High School in 1965. After graduation, he worked in Kansas City until he was drafted into the United States Army in 1966. He served in the Vietnam War from January 1967 to January 1968. He received the Bronze Star for Valor in Vietnam for heroism in the line of duty. On Augst 24, 1968, he was united in marriage to Charlotte Ann Fleming. They were blessed with two boys, Bowdy and Tyran Hartter.

After John was discharge from the service, John and Charlotte lived in Sabetha where John worked for Mid America Dairyman. Then, John accepted a position at Mid America Dairymen in Idaho Falls, Idaho where he worked until 1976. After quitting at Mid America, John attended Taxidermy school for a year. In 1979, John and Charlotte moved to Topeka, Kansas where John worked for Allis Chalmers until 1988. They returned to Sabetha where John worked for McClain Welding, and then, he worked at Wenger Manufacturing until his retirement in 2015.

In his free time, John loved to go fishing and hunting with his boys. John also loved to visit with the guys at the round table at Smoke-.

John was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Elgin and Everett Hartter.

John is survived by his wife, Charlotte; his two sons, Bowdy Hartter and Tyran (Kelli) Hartter; and his two grandsons, Trenton and Jayce Hartter all of Sabetha.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Popkess Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences can be left for the family at

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