Lyle Hartje


The world lost an amazing man.  Skip passed away following a 50 year courageous battle with diabetes and all it’s complications including kidney disease, strokes, heart disease, and finally cancer.  Skip was born in 1950 to Lyle and Margaret Hartje.  He attended schools in Ballard, and graduated from the UW with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1972.  Skip was co-owner of Ballard Hardware and worked there for over 40 years.  Skip leaves behind his wife Barbara, sons Tyler and Zach, brother Greg, sisters in law Cathy Hartje and Carla White, nieces Kelly (John) Reynolds and Lyndsey (Robert) McEwen, aunt and uncle Anna and Jim Freyberg, many cousins and countless friends.  Skip was was a gracious man who never complained about his many health challenges.  His greatest legacy was his ability to make those around him better people.  He brought out the goodness in others.  Our family wishes to thank his primary care doctor Karen Miller and the good doctors, nurses, PTs, OTs and staff at Northwest Hospital.  These wonderful people took care of Skip for the past 4 years. We are grateful for your tender healing.  We also wish to thank Deann Scheving, Carla White, Renie Rodden, Cindy Dyck and Abdoulie Jallow for your loving care of Skip.  In lieu of flowers we request that donations be made to Cascade Youth Symphony Organization, American Diabetes Association and Epiphany Lutheran Church in Kenmore.  Memorial Service at Epiphany Lutheran Church in Kenmore on Thursday, October 6th at 7:00 pm.

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3 Responses to “Lyle Hartje”

  • Sheila Riffe says:

    The world lost a wonderful man when God called Skip to be by his side. I was so glad to be part of the same family as Skip. He was an inspiration to all of us. I will miss him, his laugh and his smile. My thoughts and prayers are with all his family at this time, especially his beloved wife Barbara and wonderful sons, Tyler and Zach. There is a special place in Heaven for him now.

  • Sheila Riffe says:

    The world lost a wonderful man when God called Skip to be by his side. I was so glad to be part of the same family as Skip. He was an inspiration to all of us. I will miss him, his laugh and his smile. My thoughts and prayers are with all his family at this time, especially his beloved wife Barbara and wonderful sons, Tyler and Zach. There is a special place in Heaven for him now.

  • Jim Isaacson says:

    I thank God for the gift of Skip to my life. He was the best friend one could have had in high school — our navy caps, and mutual enjoyment of all the athletic events we shared together. He was so gentle, so kind, and always open to listening to me talk about Jesus. He even taught all of us the nuances of pinochle. Not much contact over the past several years, but still special. I will be praying for the comfort of all of his family. Thank you God. He enriched my life greatly.

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