James Hartshorn

James Hartshorn

Tuesday, March 31st, 1936 - Friday, August 2nd, 2019
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James Hartshorn, 83, of Longmont passed away August 2, 2019 at the Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland.

He was born March 31, 1936 in Iowa City, Iowa to James Earl and Clara Eleanor (Smith) Hartshorn.

Jim married Henrietta Hooks on March 6, 1955 in Des Moines, Iowa. They moved to Lakewood, CO in 1968 and to Longmont in 1979.

He was a business owner and salesman. He managed the Curtis Mathes store in Boulder. Together he and Henrietta owned and operated Mom and Pop Videos and the Ribbon Corral in Longmont.

Jim was a member of Westview Presbyterian Church, a former member of Rocky Mountain Coachman RV club and the Longmont Optimist Club.

He enjoyed fishing, camping, collecting rocks and lapidary. Following Henrietta’s death, he spent time “snow birding” as a campground host.

He was preceded in death by one son Robert, his wife Henrietta and one brother Hank Hartshorn.

Jim is survived by three children James M. Hartshorn and wife Cheryl; Ruth Dennhardt and husband Neil and Janet Williams and husband Ross; six grandchildren Jami, Jon, Paul, Pam, David and James and two great grandchildren Sky and Monty.

Visitation will be 4:00 to 6:00 pm Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019 at the Ahlberg Funeral Chapel. A funeral service will be held 1:00 pm Friday, Aug. 9, 2019 at the Ahlberg Funeral Chapel. Interment at Longmont Mountain View Cemetery. Gathering at Westview Presbyterian Church to follow immediately after interment. Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers can be made to the Longmont Humane Society. Share condolences at
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, August 8th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Thursday, August 8th, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Ahlberg Funeral Chapel
    326 Terry St.
    LONGMONT, CO 80501
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  • Service

    Friday, August 9th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Friday, August 9th, 2019 1:00pm
    Ahlberg Funeral Chapel
    326 Terry St.
    LONGMONT, CO 80501
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  • Interment

    Longmont Mountain View Cemetery
    620 11th Avenue
    LONGMONT, CO 80501
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Wally, Dawn, and Lily Hartshorn

Posted at 05:11pm
We're very sorry for your loss. Uncle Jim was a great guy and I know he loved you all dearly. We'll be thinking of you here in Illinois.
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dennis Johnston

Posted at 03:14pm
Out there in the Milky Way,
Where a billion stars call home,
When you look really close,
You'll see that each is alone.

No one less important
When lighting the evening skies,
Yet very few take notice
When one of them dies.

A black hole is created;
A dark shadow is cast,
And only those who are closest
Fear how long this will last.

The void that has been left there
Seems to draw all within.
Only time has the power to
Help the light shine again.

To some Jim was nothing more than Grouchy Old Man
He never had much except for Lexie and his rocks
And yes, some say that the rocks had fallen out of his head.
And Perhaps so…………………………………………
Jim would call me or I would call him always with the same greeting
Unfortunately I can’t mention it here
But in the deepest part of his heart I knew one thing about Jim
He didn’t care how much money you had, or jewelry you wore or what kind of car you drove
He cared about your loyalty about your love
Oh do not mistake what I am saying, Jim was Ornery throughout every bone in his body
That was the way he was with Henrietta too. But she always found a way to out-do him.
I remember camping in Gettysburg with them. We had a company of confederate reenactors
march into our campsite, arrest him and took him back to their campsite as a prisoner.
The verdict was already determined before the trial began and when the Firing squad lined up
Yes, you guessed it Henrietta was in the front row taking the first shot .
Yes I will miss Jim dearly, but I am also better for having known him.
I knew him for over forty years and even though he never pushed his true belief on to you
His last words to me were “God Bless You,” Now May the Lord our God keep him and Henrietta ,
forever in the palm of his ever caring hands and may each of you find comfort in knowing that down deep Your Father,
Your Brother , your Grandfather , your Friend , knew God and his with him now


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