DEXTER- John E. Hartley,T/Sgt., 82, passed away and went home to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on July 11, 2017. He was born in Corinna March 8, 1935, the son of Lee and Mary (Bemis) Hartley.\n\nHe attended schools in Charleston, Dexter, and Corinna before enlisting in the U.S. Army at the age of 17 in March of 1952. Following basic training at Ft. Dix, NJ, he was sent to Japan and later to Korea, where he was a field wireman and radio operator for the 40th Infantry Division. Heavy mortar fire along the 38th parallel and along "Heartbreak Ridge" took the lives of many of the men in his unit. After his tour in Korea he spent the rest of his enlistment at Ft. Devens, MA, and was honorably discharged in the spring of 1955. In the fall of 1955 he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, stationed in Germany, Maine, and New Jersey. During the last 6 years of service he was assigned to a special unit, the 89 Military Aircraft Wing. Technical Sergeant Hartley distinguished himself with meritorious service and was awarded the Air Force commendation medal. \n\nAfter retiring from the armed services with 20 years of service, John worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 18 years at the post office in Dexter.\n\nHe is survived by his wife of 35 years, Lois (Gogan) Hartley; a daughter, Cindy Hartley Young; stepchildren, Pam and her husband, Peter; Sue and her husband, Mike; Vicky and her husband, Shane; and Jeff and his partner, Aletta Hanks; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; and he had a special spot in is heart for Jacob Vainio, who spent a lot of time with him and Lois. Also 5 other grandchildren, Miranda Wycoff, Joseph Young, Renee Hafenecker, Amber Martell, and David Sharette who were very close to "Pup".\n\nA graveside service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Cambridge Baptist Church or to Beacon Hospice. \n\nArrangements by Crosby & Neal, Dexter.