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Richard "Floaty" Hart

March 20, 1951 ~ June 4, 2020 (age 69)


Richard A. "Floaty" Hart, age 69, passed away at 9:10 PM on Thursday, June 4, 2020 at his residence in Monmouth, Illinois. He was born March 20, 1951 in Edina, Missouri, the son of Cletus V. and Eyloe V (Matzka) Hart. Floaty attended school in the area and graduated from Yorkwood High School with the Class of 1969. On March 10, 2004, he married Karen Kay Wise in Las Vegas, Nevada, and she preceded him in death on April 10, 2010. He was previously married to Deb Brownlee. Floaty worked his entire law enforcement career with the Warren County Sheriffs Department. He began in 1972 and retired from law enforcement in July of 2005. From 1994-2005, he served the citizens as Warren County Sheriff. Floaty enjoyed playing cards, poker with his buddies, going to the casino, and meeting his friends for coffee at Lonnie's Auto here in Monmouth. Mostly, he loved being with his grandchildren. 

Floaty is survived by two sons; Greg (Mandi) Hart of Sycamore, Illinois and Adam (Amethyst) Hart of Little York, Illinois, three daughters; Marcia (Curtis) Difuntorum of Kirkwood, Illinois, Emily Despriet of Danville, California, and Tracie (Nate) Ary of Bloomington, Illinois, his grandchildren; Ryan, Logan, Kaylee, Tanner, Taylor, Jenna, Hannah, Cameron, Hayden, Sterling, Dylan, Ella and five great-grandchildren. Also surviving are his sister, Ann Setser of Kirkwood, Illinois, brothers; John Robert Hart of Kirkwood, Illinois, Dale (Nancy) Hart of Monmouth, Illinois, Jim (Susan ) Hart of Kirkwood, Illinois, and Terry (Janice) Hart, of Kirkwood, Illinois. He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Karen, and his brother, Wayne Hart.

A graveside service for Richard "Floaty" Hart will be held at 10:00 AM on Thursday, June 11, 2020 at Warren County Memorial Park in Monmouth, Illinois. Friends may call at the Turnbull Funeral Home all day on Wednesday, June 10, 2020. The family will be present from 5:00-7:00 PM that day. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, social distancing will be observed and masks are encouraged. A memorial is being established for the "Floaty" Hart Memorial Fund for Warren County Special Olympics. 

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June 10, 2020

9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Turnbull Funeral Homes
301 South Main St.
Monmouth, IL 61462

Graveside Service
June 11, 2020

10:00 AM
Warren County Memorial Park Cemetery of Monmouth

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