Thomas E. Shartle
Shartle, as he was more commonly known to his friends, entered into the gates of Heaven on the morning of Sunday August 16, 2020 at the age of 85. He was born to Naomi and Harry Shartle in Middletown, OH in 1934.
From a young age it was evident that horses were going to play a key role in his life. After graduating high school he boarded a bus headed towards the Bluegrass State and never looked back. Once he arrived in Lexington he quickly went to work and never stopped. His first job there was with the famous Calumet Farm where he found himself under the wing of the award winning trainer, Ben Jones. He however spent most of his years under another famous Jones, Warner L. Jones, at Hermitage Farm in Goshen, Kentucky where he served as the Farm Manager for 30 plus years. After retiring he remained in the horse industry as a trainer and as the owner of Shartle Horse Transport. He will be remembered for his work ethic, honesty, strong personality and hands the same size as his heart.
He is survived by his four children Suzy Hershey (Michael), Tony Shartle, Mindy Sather (Todd) and T.J. Shartle. He also leaves behind five grandchildren Natalie, Olivia, Lulu Hershey and
Brody and Gage Sather.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation to your favorite charity. Daddy loved them all and was always donating to worthy causes. His favorites included St. Jude, Purple Heart and the 700 Club.
A memorial service will be held Saturday August 22nd at 3pm at Hermitage Farm
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