Brian L. Hartzell, 31 of 6471 E. Loy Rd., Fletcher, died suddenly Monday morning June 8, 2009 in Butler County of natural causes. He was born July 7, 1977 in Piqua to Gary L. and Sherry L. (Asher) Hartzell who survive and reside in Fletcher.
Other survivors include a sister, Stephanie (Greg) Rudasill of Piqua; three nephews, Cody, Gage, Garret; maternal grandparents, Linda Stahl of Waynesfield, Loren and Beverly Asher of Piqua; a maternal great grandfather, Leonard Franke of Piqua; and many extended other family members and friends.
Brian was a 1995 graduate of Piqua High School, obtained his Bachelorï¿½s Degree from the Ohio State University and earned his Masters Degree in Business Administration from Blufton College. He was employed as a Call Center Director at the Cincinnati office of Defender Direct Company. During high school he was active in the 4-H club where he showed rabbits and cattle. This interest continued in his adult life as he was designated a Rabbit Judge in 1999 through the American Rabbit Breederï¿½s Association. Locally he served as a rabbit advisor and served as President of the Miami County Rabbit Advisors. His love for and development of rabbit breeding has earned him the distinction of being one of the top breederï¿½s of American Fuzzy Lops and Jersey Woolies, both nationally and internationally. He has been recognized as a well respected Judge and Breeder, globally, for several years.
A celebration of Brianï¿½s life will be held at 10:00 am Friday, June 12, 2009 at the Jamieson & Yannucci Funeral Home with Rev. Lincoln L. Robinson officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00-8:00 pm Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Piqua Education Foundation, 719 E. Ash St., Piqua, OH 45356 or oneï¿½s favorite charity. Condolences to the family may also be expressed through www.jamiesonandyannucci.com