”1928 - 2010”


    Do not stand at my grave and weep,
    I am not there, I do not sleep.
    I am a thousand winds that blow.
    I am the diamond glint on snow.
    I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
    I am the gentle autumn rain.
    When you wake in the morning hush,
    I am the swift, uplifting rush
    Of quiet birds in circling flight.
    I am the soft starlight at night.
    Do not stand at my grave and weep.
    I am not there, I do not sleep.
    I am not there, I did not die!
        ~ By Mary Frye ~1932~

      Richard "Buddy" Hartness obituary: A World War II veteran and president of G&H Contractors RICHARD B. "BUDDY" HARTNESS passed away Monday, March 29, 2010 in the Jane Phillips Medical Center, Bartlesville. He was 82 years old. Mr. Hartness was born February 16, 1928 in Pershing, Oklahoma, the son of Ezra Benton and Dorothy Helen (Davis) Hartness. In May of 1950, he married the former Delores Detta Garrett in Houston, Texas. A Veteran, he served in the armed forces during World War II. Buddy was a member of the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Indians, Local 798 Pipeliners Union and a Charter Member of the Pawhuska Elks Lodge #2542. He was President of G&H Contractors, the company he co-owned with his son Rod. In his spare time, Buddy enjoyed reading, horse racing and watching Rod steer rope. He especially loved spending time with his grandchildren. Surviving are: His wife: Delores Hartness; Three daughters: Dixie Corbin and husband, Kelly; Rose Ann Hartness; and Vickie Moler and husband, Eddie; Two sons: Richard Garrett "Gary" Hartness; and Orbin Rod Hartness; His grandchildren: Chere Hindman, Kirstina Walker, Ashley Grooms, Lezlie Knope, Vanessa Wilson, Tiffaney Wilson, Natalie Hartness and Kaleigh Hartness; Eleven great grandchildren, and a host of other family and friends. Buddy was preceded in death by his parents and siblings Don Hartness, Hazel Whited and Barbara Robinson. Graveside services will be held Thursday, April 1, 2010 in the Pawhuska City Cemetery. Mike McDougan will officiate. Interment will follow.
      Resource:MBigheart Times (Feb. 2010)

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