William Douglas Hart

1949 - 2019

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William Douglas Hart, 70, of Kenton passed away on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at his residence. He was born the youngest child of Russell Hart, Jr, and Mae Louise (Eberhart) Hart on October 25, 1949. Bill graduated from Kenton Senior High School in 1967 and then graduated from Clark Technical School in 1969. After serving in the US Army from 1970 to 1973, Bill graduated from The Ohio State University in 1976. Bill then graduated from Pettit College of Law at Ohio Northern University in 1980. On May 16, 1981, Bill married Krista Holtzberger and she survives in Kenton, along with two children: Andrew L. (Amanda) Hart of Chicago, IL, and Emily M. (Andrew) Roy of Belle Center. Mr. Hart is also survived by his grandson, Harrison Douglas Hart; and a sister, Sherry L. (Jeffrey) Lewis of Kokomo, IN. He was preceded in death by his parents, Russell and Mae Hart; and brothers: Charles R. and Danny L. Hart. Bill started the private practice of law in November 1980 in practice with James L. Crates and Paul N. McKinley, Jr. During that time, he also served as an assistant city law director, an assistant county prosecutor, and child support enforcement attorney. In 1991, Bill opened his solo practice law firm and also was appointed Judge of the Hardin County Municipal Court, a part-time position. For a period of 14 years, Bill served on the municipal court bench, until his election in 2004 to the Hardin County Common Pleas Court. He served in that position until his retirement on December 31, 2012. After retirement, Bill served as a Director of the Wyandot Mutual Insurance Company for a few years. Bill believed that giving back to the community was very important and therefore he gave freely of his time. His professional life led him to be involved in many community organizations: Hardin Memorial Hospital for ten years and serving as President for a year; Hardincare, Inc. board and President; Kenton Rotary Club; Hardin County Chapter American Heart Association; Hardin County Chapter American Cancer Society; Dollars for Scholars; Kenton Elks Lodge; Kenton Moose Lodge; Treasurer of Memorial Park Golf Club; and Hardin County Sesqi-centennial Committee. Professionally, Bill was active in the Hardin County Bar Association; Ohio State Bar Association, serving a term on the Board of Governors; Ohio State Bar Foundation; Ohio Judicial Conference; Ohio Common Pleas Judges Association; and the Ohio Association of Municipal/ County Court Judges. In his spare time, Bill was a little league baseball, softball, and soccer coach, and was an assistant golf coach for his daughter’s high school golf team. Bill’s greatest passion was always his involvement in the Hardin County Community Foundation. From being asked to help prepare the legal work to form the Foundation, to serving as Vice President and then for 10 years as President, Bill worked diligently to see that the foundation succeeded. During his 28 years of serving on the Board, Bill never considered the work as a burden, but rather a privilege, to be able to help Hardin County become a more vibrant and caring community. The Hardin County Amvets Post 1994 will hold military rites in honor of Bill on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 12:15pm on the east lawn of the Hardin County Court House. A Celebration of Life Gathering will follow from 1:00 - 4:00 pm at the Hardin County Armory. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the SCHINDEWOLF-STOUT-CRATES FUNERAL HOME. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in memory of Bill to the Hardin County Community Foundation. Online condolences can be expressed to the family by visiting stoutcrates.com.

Service Information
  • Visitation Details:

    The Hardin County Armory [Map]
    120 N. Main St
    Kenton, Ohio 43326
    Tuesday, December 3rd 2019 1:00 - 4:00 PM

  • Memorial Service:

    Tuesday, December 3rd 2019 - 12:15 PM

  • Service Location:

    Hardin County Court House [Map]

    Kenton, Ohio 43326

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To : Bill's family
Date :Thursday, November 21st 2019
From : John Linda Spearman Knell
So sorry to hear of your loss of Bill. We will remember Bill as a friend & lawyer in taking care of some of our needs. Hugs & comfort to you & yours!

To : Emily and family
Date :Thursday, November 21st 2019
From : Roberta Baughman
So sorry to hear this. RIP. Fly High With The Angel's

To : Krista Holtzberger Hart
Date :Thursday, November 21st 2019
From : Pam Evilsizor Berry
Krista, Sending you hugs and deepest sympathy on the loss of your husband. May the love you shared and the memories of your life together keep you comforted during this difficult time.

To : Kris and family
Date :Thursday, November 21st 2019
From : Debbie Newland
So very very sorry. Bill was a great guy and will be missed by many. You all can be so proud that you took such good care of him. He is at peace now, healed and whole again. Bless you all.

To : The Hart family
Date :Thursday, November 21st 2019
From : Tony and Party hart
Sorry to hear about uncle Bill's passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

To : The Hart Family
Date :Friday, November 22nd 2019
From : Dennis E Barr
My sincere condolences on the the loss of such a wonderful man. I first met Bill when I was a fresh new Asst. Pros. in Hardin County and he was also employed in that office. A year and a half after I started I became the County Prosecutor due to a vacancy in the office. Bill stayed on as one of my assistants and his help and guidance was invaluable to me as a young attorney in such an important position. Bill taught me many things not the least of which was to always be honest and do the right thing. His advice and counsel has served me well over my 33 year career as a prosecutor and I continue to follow his advice. But he was more than just a co-worker, over that time he became a good friend and he will be missed. Thanks Bill and to his family God Bless you all in this time of loss.

To : Emily
Date :Friday, November 22nd 2019
From : Doris Messmer
So sorry for your loss . He was a great man hug and prayer for the whole family

To : The Hart family
Date :Friday, November 22nd 2019
From : Craig F Frederickso
I am so sorry to hear of Bill`s death. I had the opportunity and pleasure of knowing him when we served together on the Ohio State Bar Association Board of Governors. I always respected his opinion and enjoyed our casual conversations. I have fond memories of Bill and will miss him. May God bless his family.

To : Kris and Family
Date :Friday, November 22nd 2019
From : Longbrakes
You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Bill was a great guy and we will miss him...
Rob, Joanne, Rocco and Anna

To : Andy Hart
Date :Saturday, November 23rd 2019
From : Paula Wood
Sorry to hear about your dad’s passing. Hugs and prayers to your family.

To : To all of Bill's family
Date :Saturday, November 23rd 2019
From : Bill and Angie Ralston
So very sorry to hear about Bill. Have memories of many years with Bill and family in his younger days. He will be remembered.

To : Bill's Family
Date :Monday, November 25th 2019
From : Craig Curtis
Deepest sympathies to the Hart Family. Bill was a great guy. What sticks out the most was his continued efforts and dedication in making Kenton and Hardin County a great place to live and work. He will by missed.

To : Kris Andrew and Emily
Date :Tuesday, November 26th 2019
From : Ray and Deb Donadio
What a great life Bill lived. From law school days on he was so in love with you Kris!
Andy, he was so proud of his firstborn. He was a comedian, but YOU topped him!!
Emily, I remember the Miracle child you were, and how blessed he felt that the wonders of modern science allowed you to be here today.
I recall wonderful days in law school, his cool and calm demeanor, and his gravely voiced comments. The days in the "red barn" with Frank Evans, our Bar exam experience and how he punched me the first day and told me to "buck up" after I felt I was failing the test.
The watch I made him buy for the test so he know how much time he had left on each question. He wore it faithfully as he sat under that SIX FOOT in diameter wall clock above his seat!
Our five year adventures with the crew (Nancy, Bev, Joe, and Dave), and our last outing last year in Tennessee. He faced his illness and inevitable death with courage and grace. He was one of the bravest people I know.
I will so miss him, our phone conversations (Willie and Raymoan), and our wild insults and reminiscing. Bill was the perfect combination of irreverence and respect.
I know you all will miss him even more! His family, and all of his friends, and his community, have all suffered a great loss with the passing of this guy.
Rest in peace, my dear, dear friend!
With much love,

To : The Hart Family
Date :Monday, December 2nd 2019
From : Alison Belfrage
My condolences to your family. Bill served as a trustee of the Ohio State Bar Foundation while I was Executive Director. He was generous with his wisdom, wit and perspective as a judge. He was also one of my golfing buddies. I so enjoyed Bill’s humor! My sympathies.

To : The Hart Family
Date :Tuesday, December 3rd 2019
From : Paaul and Donna Gillespie
You have our deepest sympathies. We are remembering all of you in our prayers.

To : Kris and family
Date :Sunday, December 8th 2019
From : Amy McClain Bowman Connor and Steve
Kris and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Bill was one of my favorite people and I’m so glad I was able to know him. You both were wonderful friends for my parents. What a sense of humor he brought to everything! He helped Mom thru my Dad’s illness and death and then my brother and I thru my Mom’s illness and death. I am sorry I couldn’t be there for the celebration of his life.