Michael Warren ‘Mike’ Hartnett

A Celebration of Life for Mike Hartnett, 76, will be 10:30 am Thursday, September 15, 2022, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Inurnment will follow in Springdale Cemetery in Peoria, Illinois.

Mike passed away on September 6, 2022, in Lawrence, KS.

He was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on May 13, 1946, to Leo J. (Jan) and Arabella (Dolly) Hartnett. He graduated from St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago. Mike met his future wife, Barbara, in high school in 1963. They married the day after graduating from the University of Illinois in 1968. Mike was a life-long Chicago White Sox fan.

Mike was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Barbara.

Mike was a leader in the craft industry serving as editor of multiple trade magazines and ultimately starting his own publication, Creative Leisure News. In 2020, he was elected to the Association for Creative Industries Hall of Fame.

After retiring in 2013, Mike engaged his passion for writing and teaching. His book, “And I Cried, Too: Confronting Evil in a Small Town, A memoir,” was published in 2019. He was a volunteer instructor and co-leader of the Douglas County Jail creative writing class.

In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial contributions to Best Friends Animal Society, Altrusa Foundation of Lawrence, or Just Food, in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. The celebration will be live-streamed and available on the Rumsey-Yost Facebook page.


Messages & Condolences

From Liz Styer...

I have this vivid memory of Mike. I was about 7 years old; he was around 17. Having 4 sisters, I found him particularly fascinating. He and his mom(Aunt Dolly to me), were visiting us in Sussex (Wisconsin) during the summer. My dad had made this terrific little wooden sailboat that would fit one small adult, or maybe me and my younger sister, Patty. Thanks to Mike, and I think my sister, Mary, we were heading down Main St. toward the spring-filled stone quarry to give it a try. Patty and I were so excited as we trailed along behind the big people in what must have been a funny looking group of characters parading down the main drag. Mary, who was about Mike’s age and a bit shorter, and Mike led the way, and had the boat hoisted over their shoulders with their heads inside of it, with absolutely no idea what was in front of them. That image has never left me. We all loved it when Dolly, Jan, and Mike came to visit. My older sisters knew him better than Patty and I did. But I stayed in touch with him throughout the years, and he was indeed what everyone at the memorial service said he was. I absolutely do not know what I would have done without him when I was taking care of my mom the last couple years of her life. There is one word I would like to add to the long list of attributes that made him what he was to all of us: Patient. Rest in peace, though you have gone too soon.

From Sherry Gill...

I met Mike in the writing class in the jail. We wrote poetry in the class with inmates. Mike finished his book during that time. I will miss his stories and sense of humor. He was a great man and I will miss him.

From Brian J Daldorph...

Mike, you quickly became a close friend after we met in 2015. We had the best teaching team at Douglas County Jail, didn’t we? We all miss you and hope you’re at peace at last.

From Gail Czech...

Oh Mike, you were like my brother, we shared so many things together, Barb and you and I in Thailand, and you and I in the craft industry. We have been partners for so many years. My heart is broken and there is a piece missing, that will never return. Until we meet again my friend…

From Katy Riley...

Mike, you are a part of who I am. My best memories of my younger years are all with you. And your mom. I will love you forever, cousin.

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