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John Dreblow Hart

November 18, 1924 August 26, 2019
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After a long bout with dementia, John D. Hart passed away August 26, 2019. He was born in Coeur d’Alene on November 18, 1924 to Harry and Jenny Hart. He and his younger sister, Barbara, lived their whole lives in Coeur d’Alene, growing up at 716 Garden Ave. He graduated high school in Coeur d’Alene in 1943 then worked at his parent’s drug store, Hart Drug, where he met Roberta (Bertie) Jean Dark, the love of his life. They were married in 1947.
They then built and operated “Hart’s Motel” on north 4th Street, before moving it to east Sherman Ave. John also worked evenings at the Potlatch Mill, which is now the Resort Golf Course. John and his family were big hydroplane fans and would usually get the first hydroplane in town for the Diamond Cup, staying at their motel. They became lifelong friends with some of these hydroplane drivers and their pit crews and families.
Their first child, Susan Alene Hart, was born while they owned the motel on Sherman Ave. in 1955. They later sold the motel and John went to work in Spokane for Sears Roebuck at the Northtown Mall, in the kitchen planning department. He later tired of the commute and went to work at Knudtsen Chevrolet, as a salesman. At that time, they lived on Stanley Hill, where their son, John Hamilton Hart was born in 1964.
John’s parents had a beautiful home in Coeur d’Alene, and a cabin on the south side of Hayden Lake, where John spent a lot of time. He eventually had a permanent home built on the property, which is still Bertie’s residence. John used to ride his bike from the drug store on Sherman Ave., on dirt roads out to the Clark House on Hayden Lake to deliver prescriptions. He enjoyed deer and elk hunting with his buddies and taught his daughter, Susie to hunt pheasants, where she was to say “slap leather” when she saw one so he could get the gun ready. He taught both son, John and daughter, Susie to fish and catch and release turtles in Hayden Lake.
John was a member of the Hayden Lake Country Club where he and Bertie loved golfing and socializing. He was a Seahawk and Mariners fan and enjoyed trips to Seattle to take in a game. His favorite activity in the summer was floating on a lounge in Hayden Lake or sitting on his deck, in shorts, bare chested, drinking a beer as he watched his family swimming and riding the jet-ski.
John will be missed by his family and friends. He is lovingly remembered by his wife of 72 years, Bertie, and their daughter, Susie and her husband, Scott Fischer, and their son, John and his wife, Susan. He is also cherished by his grandchildren, Travis (and Sarah) Fischer, Adam (and Meg) Fischer, and Alexis Hart. Great grandchildren include Ryan and Garrett Fischer, Huck Fischer and new grandson, Jackie Finch Fischer, born Aug. 20, 2019.
A celebration of John’s life will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 6, 2019 at the First Presbyterian Church, with Pastor Craig Sumey officiating. A reception will follow. Yates Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to First Presbyterian Church, 521 E. Lakeside Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Id. 83814, or Schneidmiller House, 2290 W. Prairie Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Id. 83815. The family wants to thank the Renaissance Assisted Living and Honeysuckle Place for excellent care. We love you dad! You will always be in our hearts and minds.

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11:00 AM 9/6/2019 11:00:00 AM
First Presbyterian Church

521 Lakeside Avenue
Couer d'Alene, ID 83814

First Presbyterian Church
521 Lakeside Avenue Couer d'Alene 83814 ID
United States

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Riverview Cemetery Final Resting Place

1065 N. Lincoln Way
Coeur d' Alene, ID 83814

1065 N. Lincoln Way Coeur d' Alene 83814 ID
United States

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