Robert 'Bob' Hartman

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Robert "Bob" Hartman, a resident of Eureka Springs, was born March 2, 1944 in Monticello, N.Y., a son of Bernard and Helen (Moore) Hartman. He died on Dec. 28 in his home at the Dinner Bell Ranch outside Eureka Springs at the age of 64.

Bob was an avid horse lover whose involvement with horses started at age 10 working as a stable hand for a neighbor and, in time, he became an expert horseman, training and showing horses not only for himself but for many other clients. Mr. Hartman was also a Mason in Eureka Springs.

On Dec. 4, 1988 he married Geralyn Doss and after working in construction as a contractor for many years, the love of working with horses returned and Geralyn and Bob established The Dinner Bell Ranch and Resort where they worked together to bring others the pleasures of riding the trail. Bob was also an avid hunter making yearly trips to Colorado to hunt elk. He also loved to hunt deer and turkey close to home. Bob was also a Vietnam veteran who served two tours of duty.

He is survived by his wife, Geralyn, of the home. He is also survived by his daughter, Piper and husband Jerry White of Newport; three grandchildren; two brothers, Donald Hartman and wife Charlotte and James Hartman and wife Joyce, all of New York; three sisters, Helen and husband Frank Exner, Mary and husband Roy Garber and Debbie and husband Gene Bertholf, all of New York; a host of nieces, nephews and many dear friends and in-laws who cherished his company.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Bernard Hartman.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 17 at 1 p.m. at the Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Tender Heart Wildlife Rehabilitation, 213 Bunch Springs Rd., Berryville, AR 72616. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

"Sure as the sun sets

And the world rides on the wind,

I'll be ridin' somewhere

With the cowboys again."

-- Gone With the Cowboys