Obituary: Richard Alan “Rick” Hartmann, 68

Richard Alan “Rick” Hartmann, 68, of Whitewater passed away on Tuesday, September 27, 2022 at his home.

Rick was born on August 14, 1954 in Fort Atkinson to Carl and Emmy (Geitner) Hartmann. He graduated from Whitewater High School in 1972, and in 1988 he purchased Rick’s Eastside Pub. On November 7, 1992 he married Ellie Bigelow and together they raised two children.

He enjoyed music, watching all Wisconsin sports, golfing, driving around with Ellie, and shopping for electronics.

Rick is survived by his wife, Ellie; children, Shelli (Roger) Barrett, Buddy (Brandi) Luebke; grandchildren, Levi, Aaron, Justin, Megan, Brandon, Cody, and Lindsey; siblings, Jeff (Gina) Hartmann; Cort (Steph) Hartmann, Todd Hartmann; brothers-and-sisters-in-law, Nancy Bigelow, Susan Stork, Tom Jordens, Tom (Judy) Bigelow and Donna Lewis. He is further survived by his uncle Jerry Hartman, his aunt Gloria Hartmann and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Emmy Hartmann; grandparents, Carl and Alice Hartmann and Herman and Mae Geitner; and mother-and-father-in-law, Clarence and Catherine Bigelow.

A memorial service will take place at 1 p.m. on Monday, October 3, 2022 at First English Lutheran Church. A visitation will take place from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service. In Rick fashion, casual attire would be appropriate for the visitation and service.

There will be a gathering at Rick’s East Side Pub immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Rick’s name to Whitewater Music Parent Association (WMPA) c/o Mike Dugan, 254 N. Park St., Whitewater WI. 53190 or the Whitewater Food Pantry, P.O. Box 63, Whitewater, WI. 53190

Nitardy Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences can be made at

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