---- — OTTUMWA – Eric Lee Hartley, 37, of 320 Hill Ave., died at 3:03 p.m. May 4, 2013, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines.
He was born Feb. 23, 1976, in Ottumwa to Jack and Carla Cook Hartley.
A graduate of Ottumwa High School in 1994, he had worked as a lifeguard at The Beach Ottumwa, at Excel, at Fiesta Cantina as an assistant manager, at the YMCA teaching swimming lessons and was currently working at Job Corps as the recreation specialist.
Eric was very artistic. He enjoyed animals, spending time outdoors and spending time with children. He also enjoyed participating in Relay for Life.
Surviving are his parents, Jack and Carla Hartley of Ottumwa; two brothers, Clint (Kindra Mooney) Hartley and Brandon (Emily) Hartley of Ottumwa; three nieces, Chloe, Lauryn and Addisyn; one nephew, Tyler; his partner, Jonathon Mecklenburg; his dog, Roksey; and many aunts, uncles and cousins and numerous friends.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Marylla and Max Henness, William Cook, Jack and Roberta Hartley Sr.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Reece Funeral Home. Cremation will follow the services.
Visitation will begin after 10 a.m. Friday with the family present from 5-8 p.m. Friday.
Memorials may be made to Relay for Life, Heartland Humane Society, P.O. Box 1149, Ottumwa, Iowa 52501 or to the family to be designated at a later date.