Paul Bennett Hartsock

Paul Bennett Hartsock, 78, died Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, in Lawrence, Kan. Born in Deepwater, Mo., on Nov. 5, 1940 — the same day, he proudly told anyone who’d listen, Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected to his third term — Mr. Hartsock grew up in the Kansas City metro area and graduated from Shawnee Mission North High. At 21, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force Reserve during the Vietnam War, though he never deployed. “Biff” married Janet (Hunter) on March 21, 1964, and had a long career, first through a tool-and-die-maker apprenticeship, then eventually as a computer programmer, at Bendix/Allied Signal/Honeywell. With an artist’s eye and mathematician’s mind, he was a skilled machinist, woodworker and craftsman, baker and cook — a genuine Renaissance man who could weave, tat, knit and crochet, and make stained glass, jewelry and ceramics. He enjoyed fishing, gardening and walking his “little dog,” but he was happiest when helping others. A devoted, loving family man, his survivors include Janet, of the home; sons, Eric (Annie) Hartsock, and Andrew (Janice) Hartsock; grandchildren, Ashleigh, Carlyn, and Brooks Hartsock; sister, Ann Tubbs; and brother, Jon Hartsock. No services are planned.

Messages & Condolences

From Scott Mallin...

Paul taught me how to tap Maple trees and make Maple syrup. He was a gentle soul. He treated my wife and I with a kindness that we will never forget. May his memory always be a blessing.

From Karol Secondo...

Renaissance man is the best way to describe Paul. I can’t think of anything he couldn’t do and if there was something he wanted or needed to learn he’d teach himself.
Paul was a friend whose friendship knew no limits. He’d do anything to help. I don’t think he ever met a stranger. He would strike up a conversation with anyone who wanted to talk.
He will be missed. It will take time for our hearts to heal from the loss.

My sincere condolences to Janet and family.

From Tracy Dethloff...

Condolences to the Hartsock family. Paul has some awesome Grand Kids. Tracy Dethloff

From Ron & Joyce Cox...

I’ve consider Paul to be one of my close friends since we first met in 1967. We were in the same Apprenticeship class for four and a half years. We then worked in the same area of the Computer Programming Department until I retired in 1997. Everyone who worked with Paul considered him a walking encyclopedia, Hence his nickname “Paul Knows All” We have always kept in contact with each other except for a shot time when they first moved to Lawrence. Joyce remembers how concerned and faithful Paul was to keep in contact with her, when I was in the hospital, and called daily for a progress report. Over the years we enjoyed fishing trips, eating out at restaurants, time at the farm and looking out at far away Nebulas in the pitch black farm sky. Our prayers go out to Janet and his entire family! We know that he will be greatly missed, by family and many friends. We are consoled, knowing that Paul is a born again Christian and is now in the presence of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

From Susan Mrkonic...

Hello –

Paul was a fine neighbor and one of the most interesting people I’ve ever met. I’ll never forget seeing Saturn through his telescope out in his garden after an impromptu invite! I also loved his monarch aquarium and his sweet peas, which I plan to grow in his honor. The neighborhood isn’t the same without him!

My condolences to Janis and family.

Susan Mrkonic and family

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