Benjamin R. Hartwig, 85, of Higginsville, died Sunday, April 10, 2005 at Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 13, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Higginsville. Rev. Marcus Jauss will officiate. Music will be performed by Marilyn Boeschen, organist. Pallbearers will be Matthew Hartwig, Scott Hedrick, Don Hartwig, Scott Hartwig, Rodney Hartwig and Bruce Hartwig. Friends may call from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, at Hoefer Funeral Home in Higginsville. Burial will be in the Higginsville City Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Immanuel Lutheran Church.
Born Aug. 29, 1919, in Corder, he was the son of the late John Ernest Hartwig and Anna Puvogel Hartwig. On June 2, 1940, he married Louise Wilma Lefman, who preceded him in death Sept. 21, 2001. He had lived in Higginsville since 1920 and worked as a financial advisor for American Express Financial for 40 years, retiring in 1995. He was a member of the Voters Assembly, served on most boards and offices at Immanuel Lutheran Church and was a Sunday school teacher for 20 years. He was a member of Lutheran Laymen's League, Missouri District Evangelism Board for six years, Board of Directors of Lutheran Good Shepherd Home for 29 years, former Lions Club member, served as executive director of the Higginsville Housing Authority and served on the Board of Directors for Red Cross Pharmacy.
Survivors include one son, Steven E. Hartwig and wife Ann of Marshall; one daughter-in-law, Ruth Hartwig of Excelsior Springs; one brother, Edwin Hartwig of Higginsville; three grandchildren, Matthew Hartwig and wife Lisa of Excelsior Springs, Scott Hartwig and wife Melissa of Marshall and Jennifer Hedrick and husband Scott of Columbia; one stepgrandchild, Michelle Smith and husband Steven of Independence, Kan.; seven great-grandchildren, Ellie and Benjamin Hartwig of Excelsior Springs, Haleigh and Hannah Hartwig of Marshall and Drew, Cole and Brooke Hedrick of Columbia; three stepgreat-grandchildren, Jacob, Abigail and Danielle Smith of Independence, Kan.; and special friend Mary Hadaller of Higginsville.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by one son, B. David Hartwig; one brother, Walter Hartwig; one sister, Alvena Kalthoff; and one grandson, Andrew Hartwig.
Additional information provided per family recompense.