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Remembering Roger Hartinger – By Deb Cooper

By Deb Cooper

We are deeply saddened to report the passing of AKC all-around judge Roger Hartinger.  He passed away early this morning after a short hospital stay.  Roger was well-known and beloved by all in the sport of purebred dogs, but most importantly he and his wife Paula were one of the most loving couples in dogdom.

Roger and Paula celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary this past May. They had known each other for over 70 years.  I remember visiting with Paula when she and Roger judged in Utah a couple years back, and with the brightest smile and such excitement she boasted about their crowded home on the holidays. Their family included 15 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.  It always warmed my heart to see these two walking around the dog show holding hands.  The love between them was vibrant and contagious.

Roger was always kind to everyone.  It seems he never had a bad day, and if he did, he didn’t show it.

Roger was involved with dogs from an early age and began exhibiting Standard Schnauzers in 1965.  Later on, he and Paula bred Lakeland Terriers.  He was very proud of his Working Group assignments at the first AKC National Championship shows.

Roger was very active in the Crawford County and Cincinnati Kennel Clubs having served as Show Chair and President over the years.

The sport of purebred dogs now has a huge vacancy.  Roger Hartinger will be sorely missed by all.  The sport has lost a great dog judge, but most importantly, we have all lost a true friend.

Our thoughts and prayers go to Paula, his loving wife of 64 years, and the rest of their family.  If you have photos or memories, please include them below in comments on Facebook.

Rest Well, my friend.  Until we meet again…

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  • November 2020