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Henry Hartnek

Profile Updated: October 17, 2019
Residing In:
Oro Valley, AZ USA
Spouse/Partner:
Linda Dee Hartnek
Occupation:
Retired
Children:
None
Military Service:
Navy (attached to Marine Corps)  
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I’m sure all of us have had an interesting time since our high school days. The last 50 years has been quite a journey. Trying to summarize it in just few a words is a task in itself.
After graduating from Bradford, I when to UW Kenosha and UW Madison where I majored in chemistry. In 1965 decided I'd have enough of school and began working at American Motors in their QC lab. I had worked there during the summers.
This was just about the time of the Viet Nam conflict and I decided to join the Navy thinking it would be safe aboard a ship. Boy was I wrong. The Navy found out about my technical background and “suggested” I become a Corpsman. Seems right about January 1968 there was a bit of a dust-up in Vietnam called the Tet Offensive. I ended up serving with Charlie Co., 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division in “wonderful” places like Con Thein, Quang Tri, Dong Ha and Khe San. During the first operation we were on we lost four corpsmen and I became Senior Company Corpsman. That made me medically responsible for a company of Marines when we were operating in the field. After six months I was rotated back to the “rear” and took over Battalion Medical Supply. When my old company lost some corpsmen a few months later, I volunteered to go out as a replacement. The old adage about never volunteering is true. As soon as I got off the chopper, a mortar round blew up behind me and I was wounded. It wasn’t bad so I stayed there treating others who were in much worse shape. For this I was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart and several other medals and ribbons.
After Vietnam, I returned to the San Diego Naval Hospital where I was discharged in 1969. I liked San Diego so I decided to stay. I began working for a company called Kelco which harvested kelp from the ocean and made a thickener and stabilizer call algin and manufactured another stabilizer called xanthan gum. Kelco was purchased by the pharmaceutical giant Merck in 1972.
After working in the Kelco lab about 5 years, I decided to go back and get my bachelors degree. I was lucky to be able to go to school, UCSD, full time and work full time as well. I graduated in 1974 with a B.S. in chemistry. It was about this time I met my wife, Dee. We were married in 1975. One of the best decisions I made in my life.
Shortly after we were married, I was offered a position in technical service in our Chicago office. We lived right down town and I could walk to work on nice days. After a few years in technical service, I was offered a position in sales. That’s right I became a seaweed salesman. Some of the accounts I called on were Kraft, Sara Lee, McDonalds, Quaker Oats and Purina. I did pretty well in sales and was asked to become assistant sales manager. I later became worldwide technical service manager traveling to our tech centers in Singapore, Frankfort, Paris, Sidney and London. I racked up a lot of frequent flier miles so Dee and I were able to travel together sometimes.
In 1991, we were transferred back to San Diego where I took over as Food Division Marketing Manager for Kelco Division of Merck. Merck thought I could use more training so they sent me to Wharton to get a Business degree. I then took over all Marketing and Product Management activities including Food, Industrial and Oil Field. I stayed in this position until I retired in 2001 having spent 31 years with Kelco.
While we were living in Chicago, we became involved with dogs, Brittanys to be exact. We got into obedience, shows, field trials and hunt tests. Over the years our dogs have been awarded 14 show championships, 4 dual championships (That’s both a show and field champion.), 8 hunt test titles including the first Master Hunter Brittany in San Diego and several obedience titles. Field trials are probably the most fun. Where else can a grown man dress up like a cowboy with the hat, vest, chaps, spurs and a six-shooter and ride a horse all day without looking really stupid.
Of course field trialing has a down side as many active outdoor sports do. In September 2001, I was judging a field trial in the White Mountains here in AZ. A group of us were struck by lightening. The person behind me was killed along with his horse and the person in front of me was badly burned and his horse was killed. My horse and I were knocked cold but we survived with apparently no effects. I didn’t know it but I had injured my neck and as a result I was slowly becoming paralyzed from the neck down. At the hospital in Tucson, they told me I had to have neck surgery or I’d be a quadriplegic in another week or two. I had the surgery but developed a blood clot which resulted in a pulmonary embolism which almost did me in. But I’m still alive. I think the Good Lord must have something else for me to do before the end of the road.
We are currently spending all our retirement money campaigning dogs around the country. Last December we were invited to Eukanuba for their show and ended the year ranked 12th nationally with our dog Chase. Both Dee and I are involved with the 2,000 member National Brittany club. Dee is on numerous committees and I was on their Board for 8 years and have been president for the last 3 years.
Because of my background in Marketing and with dogs, I was hired by a company, Tri-Tronics, in Tucson, AZ in 2001. Tri-Tronics makes electronic dog training collars and I’d been using their products for years training my dogs. I worked as Marketing Manager for Tri-Tronics for six years and finally retired for good in 2007. I still do a little consulting for them and represent them at national field trial events around the country.
As I said in the opening paragraph, it’s hard to summary 50 years in less than a book. It’s been quite a trip and the journey isn’t over yet.

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Max and I Winning Novice Obedience at the 2012 Brittany Nationals
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