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David Ward Hartwell

September 11, 1941 ~ May 22, 2022 (age 80)


David Ward Hartwell, 80, of Paw Paw, passed away at his home Sunday, May 22, 2022 with his loving wife by his side. 

He was born September 11, 1941 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the son of the late Vern Ward Hartwell and Irene Belle (Mochmer) Hartwell. 

Dave proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps Reserves. He was united in marriage to Mary Lou Ballard on September 3, 1976 and the couple began their new lives together. Dave served as the Governor of the Paw Paw Moose Lodge, where he was also awarded the Fellowship Degree. Being a proud Marine, Dave was a longtime member of the American Legion McGowan-Johnson Post 68, Paw Paw. He was an avid fan of the Detroit Lions and the Detroit Tigers. In his free time, Dave enjoyed woodworking projects, playing a game of golf, bowling or going out fishing. 

Dave is survived by his wife, Mary (Bush) Hartwell, four sons, David (Suzanne) Hartwell, Doug (Roxann) Ballard, Tom (Greta) Ballard and Duke (Kelly) Hartwell; one daughter, Rebecca (Jason) Cook; twelve grandchildren, Justin Hartwell, Alex Hartwell, Alyssa (Brandon) Monroe, Dylan Ballard, Derek Ballard, Madelyn (Stephano) Arevalo Malpartida, Nolan Ballard, Evan Hartwell, Noah Hartwell, Katelyn Cook, Brett Cook and Reyana Cook; one great granddaughter, Emilia and one brother, Harvey Hartwell.

David was preceded in death by his sisters, Joan Dean and Joyce Harvey, along with one brother, Richard Hartwell.

Family and friends are invited to visit on Saturday, May 28, 2022, beginning at 9:00 am - 11:00 am.  at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 412 Cedar Street, Paw Paw. A memorial service will follow at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Leonard Brinkmoeller officiating. Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Legion McGowan-Johnson Post 68, Paw Paw designated to the statue project for the Maple City Veterans Park or to United Christian Services.



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May 28, 2022

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
St. Mark s Episcopal Church (Cedar St)

Memorial Service
May 28, 2022

11:00 AM
St. Mark s Episcopal Church (Cedar St)


American Legion - McGowan-Johnson Post # 68 Veterans Park Fund
P.O. Box 19, Paw Paw MI 49079

United Christian Services
600 East Michigan Avenue, Paw Paw MI 49079

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