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Dwight Hartwell - January 11, 2001


Dwight Hartwell was born on Jan. 4, 1924 in a sod house in Perkins County, southeast of Big Springs, Neb. He was the third of five children born to Frank and Tillie Walrod Hartwell. As a young boy the family moved to a new home which became the Hartwell farmstead. He attended rural school near his home and attended high school in Big Springs, graduating with the class of 1942.
Dwight was inducted into the United States Army in April of 1945. He was a tech-5 grade and served as a mail clerk in occupied Japan until his honorable discharge in December of 1946. After his discharge he returned to the farm where he helped take care of his parents, as well as run the farm.
He later began a mail correspondence through Capper’s Weekly magazine with Edith Shattuck of Seward, Neb. They eventually were married in Seward on Aug. 27, 1983. They returned to the farm and managed it until 1994 when Dwight had heart surgery.
In 1998 they moved into Grant and Dwight was moved to the Golden Ours Convalescent Home in January of 2005 after he suffered a stroke. He was moved to the Perkins County Community Hospital on Jan. 1, 2011 where he died later that afternoon, three days short of his 87th birthday.
Dwight attended the Church of Christ in Ogallala and later joined the Grant First Congregational Church. Dwight was a member of the American Legion. He also was a collector of cast iron toys and banks.
In addition to his parents, Dwight was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Chandler and a brother, Lloyd Hartwell.
He is survived by his wife, Edith of Grant; one brother, Vaughn and wife Linda Hartwell of Julesburg, Colo. and one sister, Edna Mae and husband Elmo Geib of Loveland, Colo.; a sister-in-law, Evelyn Hartwell in Arizona; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011 at the Grant First Congregational Church with Pastor Larry Booth officiating.
Burial was in the Fairview Cemetery in Grant with a flag presentation by the Perkins County Veterans.
Bullock-Long Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.