A lifelong resident of Lambertville, Hap was a member of the American Legion Post # 120 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars both in Lambertville. He served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War and was a Purple Heart recipient. He was a life member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, and a member of the United States Marine Corps Chosin Few. The Chosin Few is an organization made of veterans of the Chosin Reservoir, a battle fought in the early stages of the Korean War.
For 31 years, Hap worked for the City of Lambertville and retired in 1994 as the Superintendent and Director of Public Works.
Son of the late Harry and Margaret Schaible Hartpence, he is survived by his wife of 62 years Elisa “Alice” Pittore Hartpence, three sons George Hartpence and his wife Carol, Dr. Michael Hartpence and his wife Leah, Dr. Andrew Hartpence, one daughter Mary Ann O’Brien, his grandchildren, Scott, Daniel, Matthew, Alec, Cassie Hartpence, Meghan, Kathleen and Jack O’Brien,Olivia, Amanda and Matthew Bouchard, and three of his nine siblings, Harry, Norman and Marvin Hartpence.
Graveside services with Marine Corps Military Services will be held Tuesday May 23 at 11:00 am at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Lambertville. Visiting hours will be Sunday from6-8pm at the Garefino Funeral Home, 12 N. Franklin St. Lambertville. American Legion services will be 8:00 pm Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s choice.